Rafael Lovato Jr

Rafael Lovato JrBorn in 1983
Home: Oklahoma City
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Gracie Humaitá
Division: under 87.9kg

Rafael was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in June of 1983. Following the influence of his father, he began studying martial arts when he first started walking. Lovato was very competitive and he soon held titles in Escrima and was well on his way to a promising boxing career. Rafael first found his love for grappling when he started wrestling in middle school. At the early age of 13, he found his passion when his father introduced him to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Lovato made a serious commitment to Bjj at the age of 15.
In 2004, shortly after turning 21, Rafael became the youngest American to ever receive a black belt in BJJ. In owning his black belt Rafael also helped accomplish another record as he and his father became the first American father-and-son black belts.
As Lovato climbed the ranks he became part of the “Who’s Who” in the country, as a professional BJJ and Submission Wrestling competitor. Many consider Rafael to be the top American BJJ competitor, and one of the best in the world.
Rafael holds inumerous National titles and 7 World titles in BJJ. In 2005 he really came into his own by adding a 5th Pan American Title while taking the Gold at the highest level of competition, adult black belt. Rafael continued the 2005 competition season by bringing home a bronze from the 2005 World Cup and finaly in 2007 he became the 2nd American to became a Bjj World champion, after BJ Penn. Lovato has traveled the world to train with other world level grapplers and compete against them. He has trained in Gracie Humaitá and against countless other world-level BJJ competitors. Now he’s under the stewardship of Saulo Ribeiro. Rafael has had numerous opportunities to train with MMA fighters such as Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Forrest Griffin, Joe Stevenson, and Jason Miller.rafael-lovato-jr

BJJ / Submission Fighting Record:

2008
- Pac-Sub Hawaii Superfight Champion
- Pan-American BJJ Championships Black Belt Heavyweight Champion

2007
- World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Ultra-Heavy Champion
- Brazilian Nationals Black Belt Super-Heavy Champion
- Cayman Islands No-Gi Superfight Champion
- ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships Quarterfinalist
- Pan-American BJJ Championships Black Belt Super-Heavy Champion
- Pan-American BJJ Championships Black Belt Absolute 3rd Place
- 10K Ground Clash 32 Man Professional Tournament Semi-Finalist
- Texas No-Gi Superfight Champion
- European Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Black Belt Super-Heavy Champion
- European Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Black Belt Absolute 3rd Place
- Budweiser World Cup Professional No-Gi Middleweight Champion

2006
- Professional Submission League X-Mission Champion
- American Nationals Black Belt Heavyweight Champion
- Grappler’s Quest U.S.A. Trials Professional No-Gi Champion
- Santa Fe Invitational Professional Black Belt Champion
- Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Heavyweight 3rd place
- Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Absolute 3rd Place

2005
- Grapplemania Texas 16-Man Absolute Professional No-Gi Champion
- Grappler’s Quest West Advanced No-Gi Champion
- Grappler’s Quest Beast of the East Professional No-Gi Absolute Finalist
- Budweiser World Cup Professional No-Gi Middleweight Champion
- Rickson Gracie Budo Challenge Super Heavy Champion
- World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Cup Black Belt Heavyweight Bronze Medalist
- Black Belt Pro-Am Champion (shared with teammate)
- Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Heavyweight Champion

3 Responses to “Rafael Lovato Jr”

  1. Oklahoma city arts | Oklahoma Arts Says:

    [...] Rafael Lovato Jr « ADCC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BARCELONA 2009Home: Oklahoma City. Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Team: Saulo Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Association. Division: under 87.9kg. Rafael was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in June of 1983. Following the influence of his father, Rafael began studying martial arts when he first started walking. Rafael was very competitive and he soon held titles in Escrima and was well on his way to a promising boxing career. Rafael first found his love for grappling when he started wrestling in middle school. …  read more… [...]

  2. Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. Says:

    Best of luck to you Sensei

    Rick


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