Rafael Lovato Jr. put on another interesting performance. He managed to pull off the RNC following barely 2 minutes on Mike Rhoades.
Lovato told MMA Fighting:
“Regardless of who (my opponents) are, I believe that I’m gone have the advantage on the ground, unless some of the current best jiu-jitsu guys happen to go into MMA,” he said. “I just don’t think there’s anybody that’s gonna have my experience on the ground.
“I wanna have a great clean performance. I want to keep the fight where I’m best at all time. (If) I have the opportunity to put him on the floor, I plan on capitalizing all my years in jiu-jitsu and hopefully get the finish. But I’m ready for whatever the fight can bring.”
“There’s so many areas you have to continue to get better at with jiu-jitsu, wrestling, muay thai, and you have strength and conditioning, you have your sparring days, there’s a lot to manage and balance,” Lovato said. “I put a lot of focus on the muay thai because it’s the newest piece of the puzzle for me, but I don’t shy away from continually training my jiu-jitsu and bring in new positions and new ways to attack and blend my MMA game with my jiu-jitsu game.
“There’s definitely some areas of the game right now on the ground that I feel I’ve improved over this camp, so my jiu-jitsu is still getting better. I still put the gi on and train in the gi. I wanna keep my jiu-jitsu better, but at the same time, I hope my biggest growth is in the areas I’m not world class at.”
“Now it’s not just a submission threat, but it’s also the ground and pound threat,” he continued. “I can add a whole other treats to my jiu-jitsu game. There’s this other level that helps you advance fast because when you’re getting hit you make mistakes and open space for submissions or for a better positioning.”
Are you excited to see Rafael Lovato Jr on such an impressive winning streak?