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Rafael Lovato Jr Victorious at Bellator 174 MMA debut

We have been patiently waiting for when the greatest, most decorated American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt would step into the cage once again. This past weekend saw an incredible moment in martial arts history as Rafael Lovato Jr won his Bellator MMA debut, in his home state of Oklahoma, with the 6th Fastest Victory in Bellator history! Lovato Jr began his preparation for this camp at his home academy at Lovato's School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts to sharpen his grappling game, followed by a couple of weeks at Evolucao Thai in Curitiba, Brazil under the direction of his striking coaches Andre Dida & Mauricio Veio. All the hard work paid off as he came out on top of Bellator 174 via KO against the last minute replacement, but nevertheless very game, opponent in Wayman Carter. 

Check out the entire fight below, only lasting 13 Seconds! 


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