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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

56 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (7%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Arm in Ezekiel
21
3
#86e620
Toe hold
14
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
14
2
#d1212a
Verbal tap
7
1
#fad11b
Kimura
7
1
#f58822
Kneebar
7
1
#224aba
Footlock
7
1
#ff9124
Armbar
7
1
#bf1f6c
Ezekiel
7
1
#22c9a5
Submission
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
46 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
15
2
#86e620
Armbar
15
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
8
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
8
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
8
1
#f58822
RNC
8
1
#224aba
Guillotine
8
1
#ff9124
Triangle
8
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
8
1
#22c9a5
Toe hold
8
1
#fad223
Choke
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14379Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14485Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
15299Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15438Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
16001John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16336Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16383Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16574Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16712Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16886Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16952Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
17048Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17385Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17602R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17607Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
18069Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
18078Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19661James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
20004Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20696Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
21138Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/AFresno Open100KGF2019
21694Wellington PerotoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KG4F2019
21701Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2019
21757Tyrone GoncalvesLReferee DecisionF2W 12697KGSPF2019
22404Wellington PerotoLKneebarLong Beach Open100KGF2019
22485Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22495Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
23050Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 5x0European OpenABSR22020
23132Gabriel VolanteGabriel VolanteLPts: 6x0European Open94KGR12020
24055Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA94KGF2020
24202Dominique BellDominique BellLPts: 2x0Pan American94KG4F2020
24401Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLReferee DecisionHouston Open94KGF2020
25202Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLArmbarDallas Open94KGSF2021
25211Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 2x0Dallas OpenABS4F2021
25815Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLPts: 8x4Houston OpenABSR12021
26242Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, AdvMemphis OpenABSSF2021
26682Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLBotinhaAmerican Nats94KG4F2021
26696Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaAmerican NatsABS4F2021
27519Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 11x0Pan AmericanABS4F2021
27623Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLChoke from backPan American94KG4F2021
29430Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2021
29559Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KGR12021
49425Joao NicoliteLPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose SPO94KGF2024
49923Oilson JuniorLPts: 0x0, AdvSDiego SPO100KGRR2024
49924Christiano MoreiraLStraight ankle lockSDiego SPO100KGRR2024
49929Fabio AlanoFabio AlanoLPts: 2x0SDiego SPOABS4F2024
14371Marcus FernandoWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14377Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14482Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15297Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15300Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15994Jeffrey AkeWArm in EzekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15995Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15998Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16334Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16364Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16371Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16382Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16711Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16881Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16882Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16883Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16884Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16885Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16951Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
17045Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
17046Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17389Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17601Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
18067Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
18077Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
18187Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
20002Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
20397Stephen HallWN/ADallas SPO94KGRR2019
20398Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas SPO94KGF2019
20458Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
20459Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
20460Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019
21137Alessandro SilvaWPointsFresno Open100KGSF2019
21699Anton MikenkoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
21700Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
22407R. Dos SantosWPts: 4x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2019
22410Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22481J. VanderlindenWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2019
22483Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGF2019
23039Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenABSR12020
24050Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2020
24053Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA94KGSF2020
24197J. JansenWPts: 14x0Pan American94KGR12020
24400Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 2x0Houston Open94KGRR2020
24402Stuart MaddoxWPts: 8x2Houston OpenABSSF2020
25425Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando Open94KGSF2021
25426Charles McGuireWKimuraOrlando Open94KGF2021
25807Charles McGuireWTriangleHouston Open94KGSF2021
25809Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWAdvHouston Open94KGF2021
26237Jurgens JansenWPts: 5x0Memphis Open94KGF2021
26239Jurgens JansenWPts: 3x2Memphis OpenABS4F2021
27513Lucas LaetWKneebarPan AmericanABS8F2021
29048Francisco VenezuelaWArm in EzekielJJ CON94KG4F2021
29051Alika AngermanWPts: 2x0JJ CON94KGSF2021
29052Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWReferee DecisionJJ CON94KGF2021
49424Elder CruzElder CruzWReferee DecisionSan Jose SPO94KGSF2024

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