Rafael Lovato Jr.
Removed from Bellator 214
MiddleweightBellator
January 10, 2019
Lovato has been removed from Bellator 214, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight on January 26 has been removed after officials were not able to find a replacement for Gegard Mousasi, who reported as a scratch in December due to a back injury. The fight between Aaron Pico and Henry Corrales has now been promoted to the Bellator 214 co-headlining spot.
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Out of opponent at Bellator 214
MiddleweightBellator
December 20, 2018
Lovato no longer has an opponent at Bellator 214 on Jan. 26 after Gegard Mousasi withdrew from the bout due to a back injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear if Lovato will remain on the card at this point. Lovato, who is 9-0 as a professional, is coming off a third-round win (via submission) over John Salter at Bellator 205 in September.
Schools John Salter in the third round and finishes via submission at Bellator 205
MiddleweightBellator
September 21, 2018
Lovato defeated John Salter via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:27 of Round 3 at Bellator 205 on Friday in Boise, Idaho.
ANALYSIS
Lovato has spent time picking up aspects of MMA outside of submission grappling. However, he has never strayed too far from his base. He held his own in the striking in the first two rounds. He pulled away and finished on the ground in the third. He scored a takedown in half guard. From there, he passed with ease and took the mount. He threw enough strikes to force Salter to give up his back. From there, Lovato stayed patient until he locked in the rear-naked choke. He was over the chin, but it did not matter. There are few fighters in MMA as strong in terms of grappling as Lavoto. It will be interesting to see who the promotion matches him with next. He can clearly still improve overall, but he is not getting any younger.
Schools Gerald Harris on the ground at Bellator 198
MiddleweightBellator
April 28, 2018
Lovato defeated Gerald Harris via submission (armbar) at 1:11 of Round 1 at Bellator 198 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
Lovato continues to compete in MMA and competitive grappling at the same time. This does not seem to be creating any issues for him. He ended up on the bottom early in this fight. He immediately transitioned into an armbar and finished the fight via armbar. Lovato's original opponent John Salter dropped out of this fight on Tuesday. Harris is a veteran who has fought for a variety of promotions including the UFC. Lovato might still focus on his grappling training, but he is quickly climbing up the middleweight ladder in Bellator.
Set to fight John Salter at Bellator 198
MiddleweightBellator
March 7, 2018
Lovato is scheduled to fight John Salter at Bellator 198 on April 28, Luke Thomas of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lovato last competed at Bellator 189 last December, when the 34-year-old defeated Chris Honeycutt via unanimous decision. Altogether, Lovato is 7-0 in MMA and 3-0 within Bellator competition. The 32-year-old Salter, on the other hand, is 15-3 in MMA and 5-0 within Bellator competition.
Takes the decision in battle between BJJ and wrestling experts
MiddleweightBellator
December 1, 2017
Lovato defeated Chris Honeycutt via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 189 on Friday in Thackerville, Okla.
ANALYSIS
In a battle of experienced grapplers, the multiple-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion ended up edging the two-time NCAA All-American. Lovato did a skillful job of using his BJJ as a defensive weapon to stop takedowns. Whenever Honeycutt would threaten with a takedown, Lovato would use a submission to neutralize the attempt. On the feet, Lovato has clearly developed the better striking game. He continually beat Honeycutt to the punch and took the decision on all three scorecards. Lovato improves to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Bellator. This was clearly the biggest win in his MMA career to date.