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Rafael Vasconcelos

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Rafael Vasconcelos de Lima is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Leandro Lo and representative of the Atos JJ Team, having also worked extensively with coaches Cicero Costha (PSLPB) and Ricardo Costa (DBK). Vasconcelos broke out as one of jiu-jitsu’s hottest prospects in the São Paulo area back in 2015 as a purple belt after conquering medals in some of the top tournaments on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) international circuit.

Rafael Vasconcelos Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Rafael Vasconcelos de Lima

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro PerezRoberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Leandro Lo > Rafael Vasconcelos

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Francisco Open (2018*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Denver Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Nashville Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Orlando Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF San Francisco Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Austin Open (2018*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Orlando Open (2018*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Nashville Open (2018*)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place ACBJJ North American Championship (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2016** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2017* brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015** purple)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2015* purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 brown, 2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2017**)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard, Distance Passing

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,30 kg / 208.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Atos JJ

Rafael Vasconcelos Biography

Rafael Vasconcelos was born on November 04, 1992 in Fortaleza – the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil.

During his formative years, Rafael gained some weight and as a way to shed the extra pounds, he decided to join a jiu-jitsu class. Vasconcelos was 16 years old at the time (2009).

Ricardo Costa of team DBK in Fortaleza was Vasconcelos’ first instructor and the man in charge of his jiu-jitsu up to purple belt. At this point Rafael was already a rising star in the Ceará grappling circuit and, believing in his potential, he decided to move to São Paulo where he could work full time on his jiu-jitsu career at Cicero Costha‘s PSLPB academy.

During his time at PSLPB, two groups started being formed inside the team. Master Cicero’s and that of the academy’s star pupil Leandro Lo. When the environment became too volatile for the two to coexist, Leandro opened his own academy (New School Brotherhood) and Vasconcelos followed him there.

At New School Brotherhood (NsB) Rafael earned both his brown and his black belts, the latter on October 30, 2017.

While competing in the international BJJ circuit Rafael befriended professors André Galvão and Angelica Galvão. The two would (on February 2018) open the doors of their academy to Vasconcelos, who from then on started representing them internationally.

Rafael Vasconcelos Grappling Record

52 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (8%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
15
2
#86e620
Arm in Ezekiel
15
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
15
2
#d1212a
Submission
8
1
#fad11b
Verbal tap
8
1
#f58822
Kimura
8
1
#224aba
Kneebar
8
1
#ff9124
Footlock
8
1
#bf1f6c
Armbar
8
1
#22c9a5
Ezekiel
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
17
2
#86e620
Botinha
17
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
8
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
8
1
#f58822
RNC
8
1
#224aba
Guillotine
8
1
#ff9124
Triangle
8
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
8
1
#22c9a5
Toe hold
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14347Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14453Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
15256Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15395Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15958John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16291Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16338Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16529Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16667Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16836Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16902Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
16998Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17327Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17544R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17549Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
18005Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
18014Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19576James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
19913Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20603Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
21043Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/AFresno Open100KGF2019
21594Wellington PerotoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KG4F2019
21601Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2019
21655Tyrone GoncalvesLReferee DecisionF2W 12697KGSPF2019
22288Wellington PerotoLKneebarLong Beach Open100KGF2019
22365Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22375Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22915Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 5x0European OpenABSR22020
22997Gabriel VolanteLPts: 6x0European Open94KGR12020
23901Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA94KGF2020
24045Dominique BellDominique BellLPts: 2x0Pan American94KG4F2020
24239Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLReferee DecisionHouston Open94KGF2020
25022Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLArmbarDallas Open94KGSF2021
25031Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 2x0Dallas OpenABS4F2021
25630Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLPts: 8x4Houston OpenABSR12021
26046Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, AdvMemphis OpenABSSF2021
26475Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLBotinhaAmerican Nats94KG4F2021
26489Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaAmerican NatsABS4F2021
27310Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 11x0Pan AmericanABS4F2021
27414Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLChoke from backPan American94KG4F2021
14339Marcus FernandoWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14345Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14450Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15254Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15257Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15951Jeffrey AkeWArm in EzekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15952Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15955Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16289Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16319Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16326Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16337Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16666Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16831Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16832Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16833Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16834Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16835Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16901Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
16995Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
16996Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17331Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17543Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
18003Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
18013Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
18118Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
19911Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
20307Stephen HallWN/ADallas SPO94KGRR2019
20308Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas SPO94KGF2019
20368Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
20369Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
20370Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019
21042Alessandro SilvaWPointsFresno Open100KGSF2019
21599Anton MikenkoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
21600Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
22291R. Dos SantosWPts: 4x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2019
22294Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22361J. VanderlindenWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2019
22363Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGF2019
22904Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenABSR12020
23896Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2020
23899Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA94KGSF2020
24040J. JansenWPts: 14x0Pan American94KGR12020
24238Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 2x0Houston Open94KGRR2020
24240Stuart MaddoxWPts: 8x2Houston OpenABSSF2020
25241Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando Open94KGSF2021
25242Charles McGuireWKimuraOrlando Open94KGF2021
25622Charles McGuireWTriangleHouston Open94KGSF2021
25624Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWAdvHouston Open94KGF2021
26041Jurgens JansenWPts: 5x0Memphis Open94KGF2021
26043Jurgens JansenWPts: 3x2Memphis OpenABS4F2021
27304Lucas LaetWKneebarPan AmericanABS8F2021

Rafael Vasconcelos vs Gabriel Almeida

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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