Rafael Lovato wins absolute in lead-up to showdown with Kayron Gracie

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Rafael Lovato against Rodolfo Vieira at 2011 WPJJC / Photo: GRACIEMAG.com archives

Rafael Lovato Jr. is one of the stars adorning the roster for Metamoris Pro, a one-off event featuring seven supermatches under innovative rules – no points or advantage points, and a match duration that at 20 minutes is twice the usual. The Jiu-Jitsu professor from Oklahoma State will be taking on Kayron Gracie in a “passer-vs.-guard player” showdown that has Jiu-Jitsu fans rubbing their hands with glee.

As part of his preparations for the October 14 competition in San Diego, California, Lovato took to the mats to compete at the September 16 Grapplers Quest event in Houston, Texas, and finished four opponents on his way to winning the absolute division.

Check out the American black belt’s performance facing Carlos Diego in the final. Note how calmly Lovato passes guard, mounts and finishes.

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