Rafael Lovato Jr.
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4th Degree BJJ Black Belt - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu


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Jiu-Jitsu

2007 Black Belt World Champion (2nd American to win in the Adult Black Belt division)

8x Black Belt World Medalist In The Gi (2007-2014)

3x Pan Black Belt Champion (2005, 07, 08)

10x Pan Black Belt Medalist First American to win the Pan in the Adult Black Belt division

2007 European Open Champion

6x Black Belt Euro Medalist

First American to win the Euro in the Adult Black Belt division

2007 Brasileiro Black Belt Super Heavy Champion (First non-Brazilian to win the Brasileiro in the Adult Black Belt division)

2013 Brasileiro Black Belt Absolute Champion (First non-Brazilian to win a major IBJJ Black Belt Absolute title)

4x Brasileiro Black Belt Medalist

3x No-Gi Black Belt World Champion (2010, 11, 13)

5x No-Gi Black Belt World Medalist First & only American Gi & No-Gi Black Belt World Champion First American

3x Black Belt No-Gi World Champion

2013 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Silver Medalist

2011 Abu Dhabi World Pro No-Gi Champion

2012 Metamoris Champion

2005 Rickson Gracie Budo Challenge Champion

2006 American National Champion

2006 Professional Sub League Champion

2016 & 2017 Master Worlds Weight & Absolute Champion

Fight To Win Pro Black Belt Gi & No-Gi Champion

First person to ever win the Grand Slam (win all 4 major IBJJF tournaments in the same year - Euros, Pan, Brasileiro, & Worlds)

2007 OTM BJJ Fighter of the Year

2016 FloGrappling Master Competitor of the Year

America's most decorated BJJ Champion


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MMA

9-0 (8 wins by finish, 5 in the first round)

Former Legacy FC Middleweight World Champion

Currently 5-0 in Bellator


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

First American to medal in the Juvenile division at the Mundials (2000)

Only American to win two medals in the Juvenile division at the Mundials while they were held in Brazil (2000)

Only American to win the 2005 Rickson Gracie Budo Challenge

First American to win the Europeans as a Black Belt adult (2007)

Only American to win two medals (weight & absolute) in the same year at the Europeans as a Black Belt adult (2007)

Only American to win the Pan-Ams as a Black Belt adult

Won Pan-Ams 3 times (2005, 2007, & 2008)

10 Pan-Am medals as a Black Belt overall (3 golds, 1 silver, & 6 bronzes)

Only American to win two medals in the same year at the Pan-Ams as a Black Belt

  • Only American to win the Brasileiro as a Black Belt adult (2007 & 2013)

  • 3-time Brasileiro finalist & 4 medals overall (2 gold, 1 silver, & 1 bronze)

Only American to win two medals in the same year at the Brasileiro as a Black Belt adult (2010)

2nd American to win the Mundials (2007) - BJ Penn was the first (2000)

First person, only American, and one of three ever to win all 4 major international tournaments (Europeans, Pan-Ams, Brasileiro, & Mundials) in the same year as a Black Belt

First American to win a major Black Belt Absolute Title (Brasileiro 2013)

2007 OTM BJJ Fighter of the Year - only American to ever achieve this

Only American Black Belt Gi (2007) & No-Gi World Champion (2010, 2011, 2013)

First person to win the No-Gi World Championship in three different weight classes

Only American to win the No-Gi World Championship three times

Black Belt No-Gi World finalist in 4 weight divisions

Grapplers Quest Hall of Fame inductee

United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee