Last July, BJJ world champion Rafael Lovato made history. The undefeated MMA fighter (10-0 MMA) dominated and took a decision win over the dangerous veteran Gegard Mousasi in the main event of Belllator London at SSE Arena, Wembley.
Lovato was a guest today on the Joe Rogan podcast and he announced that he suffers from cavernoma, on multiple positions on his brain.
Cavernoma a cluster of abnormal blood vessels, usually found in the brain and spinal cord.
A typical cavernoma looks like a raspberry. It’s filled with blood that flows slowly through vessels that are like “caverns”.
A cavernoma can vary in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres across.
Lovato said that he is not retiring but that he’s on the sidelines as he gets it checked out. Doctors are telling him to have 6 months without any MMA sparring. Lovato is 36. He said that some doctors even told him that even Jiu-Jitsu is dangerous for him.