Lovato Jr Prevails In Wrestler vs Grappler Matchup

Mike Calimbas 57bdfa900065d.jpeg

Rafael Lovato Jr faced the stiffest test of his MMA career on Friday night. 

The IBJJF World champion took on two time NCAA all-American wrestler Chris Honeycutt in the Bellator cage and walked away with an impressive unanimous decision win.

Lovato showcased his ever evolving kickboxing skills early in the fight with a wide variety of punches, kicks and knees. He fought off multiple takedown attempts from Honeycutt with guillotines, kimuras and a few amazing displays of flexibility.

In the third round Lovato even showed off some of his own wrestling offense and took down the national qualifier from Edinboro University. 

Two judges scored the fight 30-27 while the third gave presumably the third round to Honeycutt and scored the fight 29-28. The win marks the first time Lovato has gone the distance in his MMA career. 

A big win for the unbeaten jiu-jitsu super star who improves now to 7-0 and 3-0 under the Bellator banner. 

Rafael Carvalho defends his middleweight title against Alessio Sakara next weekend at Bellator 109 and Lovato may have just positioned himself as next in line.

Watch Our FloFilm Series: The American - Rafael Lovato Jr.

VOTE NOW: 2017 Male Black Belt Of The Year

Cobrinha ssemi.jpg

2017 is winding to a close so it's time to take a look back at the most accomplished athletes of the year!

Absolutes Recap: The Purple and Brown Belts

Mason Folwer.jpg

Article by Michael Sears | 

New Generation Cicero Costha Athletes Shine At No-Gi Worlds


Article By Michael Sears | Athletes from the Sao Paulo based PSPLB Cicero Costha team closed out three different weight classes on Sunday in the adult purple belt divisions at No-Gi Worlds. 

2017 No-Gi Worlds: Mens Black Belt Finals Review

Joao Miyao.jpg

The mens back belt finals at 2017 IBJJF No-Gi worlds did not fail to disappoint.  Caio terra won his TENTH(!!) black belt world title, Cyborg mowed through his division, team Atos took home 4 gold medals and more.  Below is a full run down of the the final matches from each weight category.  

Lucas 'Hulk Barbosa' Wins Absolute, Takes Double Gold At No-Gi Worlds

Michael Sears Hulk wins Gold.jpg

The absolute final is the match that’s been on everyone’s minds since yesterday’s incredible performances from Lucas Barbosa and Joao Gabriel Rocha.

No-Gi Worlds: Women's Black Belt Finals Recap

Talita .jpg

The women's black belt No-Gi Worlds Black Belt finals went down early Sunday morning and saw high action, submissions, and great wrestling.  Check out the full results below.

Submissions Set Up An All-American Female Final At No-Gi Worlds


Article and photos by Michael Sears | A pair of stunning upsets set the stage for an all-American final Sunday in the women’s black belt lightweight division at No-Gi Worlds.

2017 No-Gi Worlds Black Belt Absolute Final Preview


Article by Michael Sears |

What To Expect: Black Belt No-Gi Worlds Semi-Finals

Michael Sears Murilo Kit Dale

Article and photos by Michael Sears | The semi-finals are set for three of the most stacked divisions at No-Gi Worlds are set!  Check out who's made it through to the second day of competition below.  

See Who’s Through To Semifinals At 2017 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds

Michael Sears jena

It was wild first day at No-Gi Worlds with a LOT of submission finishes.