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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

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (10%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
20
2
#86e620
Arm in Ezekiel
20
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
10
1
#d1212a
Ezekiel
10
1
#fad11b
Triangle
10
1
#f58822
Submission
10
1
#224aba
Verbal tap
10
1
#ff9124
Footlock
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14306Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14412Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
15208Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15347Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15910John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16243Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16290Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16481Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16619Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16784Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16850Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
16944Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17272Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17486R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17491Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17941Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
17950Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19470James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
19802Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20482Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20913Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/AFresno Open100KGF2019
21444Wellington PerotoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KG4F2019
21451Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2019
21498Tyrone GoncalvesLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12697KGSPF2019
22092Wellington PerotoLKneebarLong Beach Open100KGF2019
22168Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22178Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22683Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 5x0European OpenABSR22020
22765Gabriel VolanteLPts: 6x0European Open94KGR12020
14298Marcus FernandoWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14304Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14409Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15206Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15209Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15903Jeffrey AkeWArm in EzekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15904Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15907Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16241Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16271Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16278Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16289Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16618Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16779Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16780Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16781Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16782Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16783Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16849Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
16941Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
16942Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17276Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17485Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
17939Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
17949Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
18048Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
19800Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
20191Stephen HallWN/ADallas SPO94KGRR2019
20192Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas SPO94KGF2019
20252Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
20253Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
20254Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019
20912Alessandro SilvaWN/AFresno Open100KGSF2019
21449Anton MikenkoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
21450Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
22095R. Dos SantosWPts: 4x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2019
22098Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22164J. VanderlindenWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2019
22166Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGF2019
22672Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenABSR12020

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