Fight 2 Win 104 saw two of jiu-jitsu’s most storied competitors go head to head in the main event of the stacked Dallas, Texas card.
Both athletes were aggressive from the opening bell, hunting for heavy collar ties, though Yuri was generally more successful early, gaining inside position and creating the distance with a stiff-arm when necessary.
The match hit the ground just past the two-minute mark when Lovato Jr. tried to counter an attempted shot Yuri yuri with a guillotine – Yuri was able to avoid the submission threat and drive through the attack, bringing the match to the mat through sheer will.
Yuri’s pressure on the ground was just as fearsome as his standup game as he drove into Lovato Jr., compressing the Oklahoma native's hips as much as possible stand thwarting any possible attacks.
After several minutes of the Yuri on top. the match returned standing; Yuri attempted to jump on a rolling leglock attack, but Lovato Jr. was wise to the attack and was able to avoid any danger and began to initiate his passing game.
Knowing he was potentially down on the judges' scorecards, Lovato sat back on a leglock in the dying seconds of the round; Yuri took the opportunity to return the favor and the clock expired with Yuri on a belly-down ankle lock.
When the dust settled, the judges awarded Yuri with the unanimous decision win.
Watch Fight 2 Win 104: Yuri Simoes vs Rafael Lovato Jr.