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

Main Achievements:

  • 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)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018)
  • 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*)
  • 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

39 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (10%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Arm in ezekiel
20
2
#86e620
Toe hold
20
2
#5AD3D1
Footlock
10
1
#d1212a
Armbar
10
1
#fad11b
Ezekiel
10
1
#f58822
Triangle
10
1
#224aba
Submission
10
1
#ff9124
Verbal tap
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
13
1
#86e620
Guillotine
13
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
13
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
13
1
#f58822
Armbar
13
1
#224aba
Choke
13
1
#ff9124
Kneebar
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14267Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14373Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
15162Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15301Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15855John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16185Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16232Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16424Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16562Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16723Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16789Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
16883Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17205Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17418R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17423Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17868Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
17877Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19357James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
19688Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20360Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20785Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/AFresno Open100KGF2019
21291Wellington PerotoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KG4F2019
21298Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2019
21343Tyrone GoncalvesLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12697KGSPF2019
21888Wellington PerotoLKneebarLong Beach Open100KGF2019
21962Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
21972Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
14259Marcus FernandoWArm in ezekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14265Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14370Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15160Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15163Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15848Jeffrey AkeWArm in ezekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15849Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15852Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16183Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16213Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16220Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16231Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16561Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16718Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16719Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16720Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16721Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16722Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16788Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
16880Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
16881Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17209Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17417Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
17866Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
17876Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
17973Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
19686Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
20072Stephen HallWN/ADallas Spring Open94KGRR2019
20073Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas Spring Open94KGF2019
20133Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
20134Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
20135Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019
20784Alessandro SilvaWN/AFresno Open100KGSF2019
21296Anton MikenkoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
21297Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
21891R. Dos SantosWPts: 4x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2019
21894Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
21958J. VanderlindenWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2019
21960Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGF2019

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