Lovato Jr Confirms Invite to ADCC World Championship 2017
2017 is already shaping up to be a phenomenal year for the American Jiu Jitsu phenom in Rafael Lovato Jr. Just released across his social media platforms, Lovato Jr just announced his invite once again to the most prestigious submission grappling event - ADCC World Championships in Helsinki, Finland! Joining him on this conquest to martial arts history will be jiu jitsu legends & ADCC veterans: Xande Ribeiro, Justin Rader, & Jared Dopp. Rafael Lovato Jr with the Most Submissions ever in the -88kg division will now trade places with warrior brother, Xande Ribeiro & this will mark his first appearance in his natural weight category of -99kg. On a continuous camp of preparing for No Gi Super Fights & Pro MMA, Lovato Jr looks to be on a tear for his 6th performance at the ADCC World Championship!
Read below what Lovato Jr had to say on his invite to the Olympics of submission grappling & be sure to follow all his social media accounts as he prepares to make history once again!
Taken from Rafael Lovato Jr's Facebook page:
"Several athletes have made posts announcing their invitation to compete at the 2017 @adccsubmission World Championships in Finland & I am proud to say that I will be there representing the USA for the 6th time at the Olympics of Submission Grappling! I'll never forget the feeling I had when I received my first ADCC invitation in 2007. I was very emotional as I had dreamed about competing there since I was a teenager. The best of best will be on those mats & I am very proud to still be among the elite a decade after my first appearance. To make it even more special, my brother @xanderibeirojj & my first Black Belt @darthrader86 will be battling by my side & I believe 2015 finalist @megalodopp deserves to be there as well. I truly believe I will be at the top of the podium this year!