Rafael Lovato Jr. is an MMA and BJJ competitor and instructor who is currently competing in the middleweight division of Bellator MMA, where he is the former Bellator Middleweight World Champion and is currently ranked as the #4 middleweight fighter in the world by Fight Matrix.

Lovato Jr. made history in the BJJ world, as the first non-Brazilian to win the CBJJ National Championship in 2007 and also the first non-Brazilian to win the open weight (absolute) division of the same event in 2013.

Joining Black Belt's live FightBack event, to raise money for Red Cross' efforts to stop COVID-19, Lovato Jr. demonstrated and taught some of the moves and techniques that have made him such a successful competitor!

SUBSCRIBE TO BLACKBELT MAGAZINE TODAY!
Don't miss a single issue of the world largest magazine of martial arts.

Talks About Being a Smaller Fighter in a Combat Sport Ruled by Giants

At first glance, most people — most martial artists, even — will zero in on the smaller person in any fight and deem him or her to be at a distinct disadvantage. It's a natural tendency to draw this conclusion based on obvious attributes such as height, weight and reach. However, that tendency does not always lead to accurate conclusions.

Keep Reading Show less

Finishing up our list of the best fighters to have fought in the UFC but never have won an undisputed championship or a pre-weight class tournament title, here's our all-time top five...

Keep Reading Show less

Joseph Benavidez's recent loss to Deiveson Figueiredo, in what was almost certainly his final chance to win a UFC title, got us to thinking just who are the best fighters to never win a UFC championship? Discounting "interim" titles, here is a list of the best mixed martial artists who appeared in the UFC at some point in their careers (there's no Fedor on the list because he never fought for the company) but never won a championship there. We're talking either a weight class title or one of the old, pre-weight class tournament titles.

Keep Reading Show less
Black Belt Magazine on Facebook Watch

During this seminar, Sensei Mike Storms will discuss the significance of optimal health and well being for martial artists, why good health is the ultimate form of self-defense, and how some of the top martial artists in the country are leading by example during this health crisis. Breaking through all the diet myths, he will share the macro habits of health that will allow you to simply and easily reset your metabolism and restore health and well being.

  • Simple, easy to follow strategies to completely reset your health and fitness to reach optimal health and well-being!
  • Breaking down the most common myths we have been taught about nutrition and exercise.
  • How you can OWN your personal health and fitness so that you can achieve what you never thought possible.
Free Bruce Lee Guide
Have you ever wondered how Bruce Lee’s boxing influenced his jeet kune do techniques? Read all about it in this free guide.
Don’t miss a thing Subscribe to Our Newsletter