Rafael Lovato Set To Make History In 2 Big Events: Metamoris 2 & IBJJF Worlds


Source: Tatame (translated from Portuguese)

2007 BJJ world champion and this yera’s Brazilian National champion Rafael Lovato Jr. will be at Metamoris Pro Jiu-Jitsu Invitational, which will hold its second edition on June 9 in Los Angeles, California. The black belt will face Andre Galvao in a 20 minutes submission only fight:

“I loved the first event of Metamoris. It was a great event with great athletes and professionalism. It seemed more like a UFC event than Jiu-Jitsu. I am very excited to compete there again. In the first edition, Lovato submitted Kayron Gracie. In the next issue, he will face the world champion Andre Galvao, and expects a tough fight.

“I think this fight with Galvao will be a beautiful war. It’s a great fight and should be very exciting for the fans to watch. ”

Asked about the rule of the event, which is different from other Jiu-Jitsu events, the fighter assured it will be good for him, since it is used to train this way and not have to focus on points.

“For me it does not really matter. I need to be in great shape and ready to fight all the time. This format is similar to a regular training session, it is best for my game. The referee does not matter, I don’t have to think about scoring points or seeking advantages. I like it, because it’s how I like to train. ”

Besides being present in Metamoris, Rafael confirmed his participation in the Worlds, which will take place a week later in California, United States. For the black belt, his goal is to break the record and win the championship again, which would be a historic achievement.

“I’ll try to win another gold medal and become the first non-Brazilian to win the black belt twice. I don’t think it will be hard to prepare for these two events, because Metamoris only has a time limit. I’ll be in great shape for the Worlds. I just need to make sure that I go to rest and fully recover during the week between the two events. That way, I’ll be ready for both. “