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Rafael Lovato Jr is a jiu-jitsu black belt and one of the most successful American jiu-jitsu practitioners of all-time. Born on June 25, 1983, Lovato Jr. represents Six Blades Jiu-Jitsu. He is an IBJJF World champion and professional MMA fighter having captured the Bellator middleweight title.

  1. Grappling Bulletin: Jiu-Jitsu Fighters Poised To Take Over MMA in 2022

    Grappling Bulletin: Jiu-Jitsu Fighters Poised To Take Over MMA in 2022

    Jan 17, 2022

    Jiu-jitsu has always played a vital role both in and out of the ring, providing athletes with a path to glory and financial reward, while reminding the world that the most sophisticated grappling art is an indispensable part of any fighter’s arsenal.
  2. The Competitors Confirmed For ADCC 2022 World Championship

    The Competitors Confirmed For ADCC 2022 World Championship

    Jan 12, 2022

    We will keep this list updated as further names qualify or are invited to the 2022 ADCC World Championships.
  3. 7 Stories You Need To Follow Ahead Of ADCC 2022

    7 Stories You Need To Follow Ahead Of ADCC 2022

    Jan 7, 2022

    The 2022 Jiu-Jitsu season will soon erupt into full swing. A year that’s sure to be packed with twists and turns, upsets and breakthrough moments, 2022 is bound to be unpredictable.
  4. Grappling Bulletin: 2021, A Year of Jiu-Jitsu & Grappling in Review

    Grappling Bulletin: 2021, A Year of Jiu-Jitsu & Grappling in Review

    Jan 4, 2022

    The return of Worlds, the growth of WNO, and the emergence of a new generation of champion grapplers– just a handful of the high points of a rollercoaster 12-month period that rarely took its foot off the gas pedal. Of course, there were also less positive happenings; confrontations, team splits, and more.
  5. Live Updates & Results | 2021 IBJJF Worlds Day 2

    Live Updates & Results | 2021 IBJJF Worlds Day 2

    Dec 10, 2021

    Day one of the IBJJF World Championships was filled with the action, submissions and incredible stories expected of an event of this caliber. Day two is sure to deliver as well, as the male purple and brown belts will take their place on the mats in search of the most coveted title in jiu-jitsu. With hundreds of competitors in search of just a few medals, we're guaranteed  thrilling action throughout the day.
  6. Relentless Passing Game Propels Yuri Simoes To GP Victory At Raw Grappling

    Relentless Passing Game Propels Yuri Simoes To GP Victory At Raw Grappling

    Nov 16, 2021

    Yuri Simoes relied on his superior guard passing to win the eight-man grand prix at Raw Grappling Championships on Sunday, November 14. Simoes defeated Patrick Gaudio in the final via referee decision after an indecisive 12-minute submission only period followed by a scoreless two-minute overtime.
  7. Grappling Bulletin: Is This Legal Ankle Lock A Heel Hook in Disguise?

    Grappling Bulletin: Is This Legal Ankle Lock A Heel Hook in Disguise?

    Nov 15, 2021

    Following Victor Hugo's big win in the final of the IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Heavyweight Grand Prix, questions have arisen over the legality of the attack due to the torque applied to both the knee and the ankle.
  8. Hulk, Gaudio, Wardzinski & More At Raw Grappling On November 14

    Hulk, Gaudio, Wardzinski & More At Raw Grappling On November 14

    Nov 11, 2021

    With two no-gi superfights featuring high caliber talent, and an eight-man bracket including multiple ADCC medalists, Raw Grappling Championships is sure to deliver.
  9. The Top-Performing Athletes, Teams & Nationalities At No-Gi Worlds

    The Top-Performing Athletes, Teams & Nationalities At No-Gi Worlds

    Oct 14, 2021

    The 14th edition of the IBJJF No-Gi World Championships is wrapped up. Now it’s time to open up the history books to make note of the athletes, teams and nationalities who left the tournament with the greatest accolades.
  10. Grappling Bulletin: Gianni Grippo Grips and Rips Heel Hook But Was It Cool?

    Grappling Bulletin: Gianni Grippo Grips and Rips Heel Hook But Was It Cool?

    Aug 9, 2021

    Welcome to FloGrappling's Grappling Bulletin. We'll cover the biggest moments from a week of jiu-jitsu that saw Gianni Grippo win the Emerald City Invitational 16-man 145lb no-gi tournament (and create a sizable controversy in the process), Team USA shut out Team UK/Ireland at Polaris Squads, gi tournaments by AJP Tour and IBJJF took place in Miami and Kansas, and Baret Yoshida hit a possible submission of the year at Fight to Win 180.
  11. Grappling Bulletin: Kaynan, Mikey The Biggest Winners at Road to ADCC

    Grappling Bulletin: Kaynan, Mikey The Biggest Winners at Road to ADCC

    Jul 19, 2021

    The Road to ADCC was unique in that it was the first time an event ever featured a series of head-to-head matches held under ADCC superfight rules. As Mo Jassim, the 2022 ADCC World Championships organizer, explained, it was conceived to kick start the process that will culminate in September next year at the World Championships.
  12. Pedro Marinho Will Face ADCC Champ Davi Ramos At Fight to Win 177

    Pedro Marinho Will Face ADCC Champ Davi Ramos At Fight to Win 177

    Jun 29, 2021

    Fight to Win is in Houston this weekend for another night of grappling superfights. In the main event, rookie black belt Pedro Marinho will take on UFC veteran and ADCC champion Davi Ramos in a no-gi matchup.
  13. Edwin Najmi Back At Fight To Win 180 To Face Johnny Tama

    Edwin Najmi Back At Fight To Win 180 To Face Johnny Tama

    Jun 29, 2021

    Fight to Win is back in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, August 6 for another night of grappling superfights.
  14. Play-By-Play & Results | WNO: Rafael Lovato Jr. vs Gilbert Burns

    Play-By-Play & Results | WNO: Rafael Lovato Jr. vs Gilbert Burns

    Apr 30, 2021

    Who's Number One is back with yet another stacked card. In the main event, two MMA veterans and jiu-jitsu world champions will square off in a grappling matchup. Rafael Lovato Jr. has kept himself active in jiu-jitsu since stepping away from his Bellator title. Tonight, he'll look to keep it going against the UFC's no.1 welterweight contender, Gilbert "Durinho" Burns in a 15-minute no-gi match.
  15. Betting Lines | Standout Underdogs In Who's Number One: Lovato Jr. vs Burns

    Betting Lines | Standout Underdogs In Who's Number One: Lovato Jr. vs Burns

    Apr 26, 2021

    The online betting site F2Wbet has released money lines for Who’s Number One: Rafael Lovato Jr. vs Gilbert Burns.