A 2007 world BJJ champion, and the second American to ever soar so high in the gentle art, Rafael Lovato is looking to add another big conquest to his career. After successfully migrating to MMA and sustaining an undefeated record with ten wins, the middleweight has gained a shot at the Bellator belt — but the challenge will be the biggest he’s ever faced in the cage.
Gegard Mousasi — a former champion in Strikeforce and Dream, and sitting middleweight champion of Bellator — will be Lovato’s opponent at Bellator 214, which is slated to take place Jan. 26 in California. They will share main event status with Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader for the heavyweight belt.
More BJJ in Bellator
Another BJJ champion has been announced as joining the ranks of the organization presided by Scott Coker. The outspoken AJ Agazarm of Gracie Barra, a 2014 no-gi world champion, told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he has signed a contract to debut in professional MMA soon.