Rafael Lovato Jr.

Bellator champ Rafael Lovato Jr. reveals he’s ‘indefinitely on the sidelines’ with brain condition

Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr. is in a battle for his fighting career in the form of a brain condition that could cause him to give up his title and retire. It’s been a trying past 14 months for Lovato Jr. (10-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA), but the struggles...

Bellator free fight: Relive Rafael Lovato Jr.’s epic win over Gegard Mousasi

The Bellator London main event between Gegard Mousasiand Rafael Lovato  Jr. was one to remember. No one doubted Lovato’s skills as a seven-time medalist at the World Jiu Jitsu Championship. But they may have questioned the fact that his 9-0 record going into the June 22 bout in England...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, June 25: Rafael Lovato Jr., Angela Lee debut; Chan Sung Jung returns

A big Saturday of fights led to some important changes to the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. Rafael Lovato Jr. stunned most of the MMA world, even the ones who tried to pretend afterwards they knew he would win, when he earned a decision victory over the great Gegard...

Bellator champ Gegard Mousasi targets spring return; Rafael Lovato Jr. not guaranteed shot

LOS ANGELES – The injury that prevented Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi from defending his title on Saturday apparently won’t keep him out much longer. Mousasi (45-6-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) was booked to put his belt up for grabs in a co-headlining matchup with Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0 MMA, 5-0...

With no opponent after Mousasi scratch, Rafael Lovato Jr. removed from Bellator 214

Gallery Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Gerald Harris Bellator 198: Best photos view 5 images Without a suitable opponent in the wake of his title shot falling through, Rafael Lovato Jr. will wait to fight another day. Lovato (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) was set to challenge middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi...

Gegard Mousasi defends title vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 214 on Jan. 26

Gallery Photos: Best of Gegard Mousasi view 29 images Bellator 214 in January will feature two championship fights with the addition of middleweight titleholder Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi (45-6-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) will put his 185-pound belt up for grabs against Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) in what...

Bellator 205’s Rafael Lovato Jr.: It’s my destiny to be middleweight champ

BOISE, Idaho – Undefeated Bellator middleweight Rafael Lovato Jr. believes John Salter was in line for a title shot. Now, it’s a different story. With just 33 seconds left in a hard-fought meeting at Bellator 205, Lovato Jr.(9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) again showed why he’s one of the more...

Bellator 205 results: Rafael Lovato Jr. stays perfect, taps out gritty John Salter

BOISE, Idaho – Submission ace Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) was tested but ultimately proved victorious, turning to his bread and butter to tap out John Salter (15-4 MMA, 5-1 BMMA). The middleweight contest served as the co-main event of Bellator 205, which aired on Paramount from...

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