Fight 2 Win 141 LIVE May 23rd from Dallas, Texas

Fight 2 Win returns again this weekend for its third straight weekend of professional grappling fights. Rafeal Lovato Jr. competes again for his first time in years as he faces a huge match up against Arnaldo Maidana de Oliveira in the main event. The co-main event to feature ex-mma fighter and former Bellator world Champion Benson Henderson against professional grappler Edwin Najmi.



Rafeal Lovato Jr.Fight 2 Win has been capitalizing on the return of competition as the sport of grappling comes out of the COVID-19 lockdown. CEO Seth Daniels has lined up back to back events the last three weekends making up for lost time on previously cancelled events. The promotion is showing promising leadership as this glimmer of hope for martial arts competition has been welcomed by fans and practitioners across the world have been banned and in most cases quarantined from their normal training regiments.

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Main Event: Rafeal Lovato Jr. vs. Arnoldo Maidana de Oliveira 

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To be honest, I was pretty nervous going into my match last night. Focusing on my dream to become a MMA World Champion @bellatormma kept me away from competing in the Gi for three years & it has been six years since I competed at the Mundials against adult level competition, that had me feeling a little unsure if maybe the game might had passed me by a bit. Would I be precise? Would I hesitate? Would I feel a step behind? These were the questions I had to block out. Fortunately MMA taught me how to let go, be free, & trust in your abilities. I tapped into the Oklahoma kid who fell in love with Jiu-Jitsu & gave his life to this beautiful art. I felt young again, I found my flow state & my therapy had begun. Jiu-Jitsu has always been there for me during the difficult times in my life & it taught me how to never take a moment when I get to put my 🥋 on for granted. It felt amazing to be back & I can’t wait to see my game evolve again. I don’t know how many more years I will be able to last at this level, but I do know that I have dedicated myself to having Timeless Jiu-Jitsu & will do my best to be here as long as possible 💪🏼 • I want to dedicate this one to my @lovatobjjmma students who have been supporting me & my father’s life work during this time 🙏🏼❤️ I hope this gave you some motivation & encouragement. We are 100% back in business on June 1st!!! 💥 • @lovatojjassociation @wartribegear @onnit @resiliencecbd @stayclassymeats @fightfortheforgotten • #TeamLovato #LovatoJiuJitsu #RibeiroJiuJitsu #TimelessJiuJitsu #LastRoundBestRound #BJJ #JiuJitsu #FightToWin #Champion #AndStill #ImBack #JiuJitsuIsBack • 🎥 by @flograppling @f2wbjj

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Results

Rafeal Lovato Jr. vs. Arnoldo Maidana Oliveira

Lovato Winner by Choke Submission

Co-Main Event: Benson Henderson vs. Edwin Najmi

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Air Najmi! 📷: @kyushotya

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Results

Benson Henderson vs. Edwin Najmi

Najmi Winner by Flying Triangle Submission

Under Card

Results

Jean Panqueka vs. Mike Anderson

Panqueka Winner by Choke Submission

Jason Bright vs. Dylan Whyte

Whyte Winner by Decision

Tyler Murrah vs. Bobby Alexander

Murrah Winner by Armbar Submission

William Tackett vs. Troy Russel

Tackett Winner by Triangle Submission

Samuel Nagai vs. Mario Fronseca

Nagai Winner by Armbar Submission

Erica Barnes vs. Catherine Arnold

Barnes Winner by Decision

Noah Villemarette vs. Aaron James Mckenzie

McKenzie Winner by Ankle Lock Submission

Daniel Gabriel vs. Tre Hawkins

Gabriel Winner by Decision

Aric Mercado vs. Dmitri Thompson

Thompson Winner by Split Decision

Micah Valdez vs. Tarean Byars

Byars Winner by Heel Hook Submission

Kenny Gunter vs. Edwin Johnson

Johnson Winner by Decision

Andy Van Hook vs. Ben Kroskey

Hook Winner by Split Decision

Robert Galan vs. Colton Pheonix

Phoenix Winner by Decision

Hallie Daniel vs. Hope Russel

Russel Winner by Decision

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