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FloGrappling Names OKC Based BJJ Black Belt Americas Most Successful of All Time

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Friday, June 03, 2016
Our friends at FloGrappling ( have compiled an article discussing several names that could be considered for the title of America's Most Successful Black Belt of All Time. The list included the likes of UFC fighter BJ Penn, Bill Cooper, Robert Drysdale, & of cour read more »

Legacy signs BJJ World Champions and Instructors, Lovato Jr and Rader

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Thursday, July 10, 2014
Legacy Fighting Championship is proud to announce the signings of world champion Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors Rafael Lovato Jr. and Justin Rader. Based out of Oklahoma and widely considered the best American-born BJJ competitor, Rafael has won multiple world championships and is the read more »

UFC Muay Thai Coach Mark Beecher Teaching at Lovatos OKC

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Monday, January 13, 2014
World renown Muay Thai ( coach, Kru Mark "The Hyena" Beecher, is no stranger to Lovato's Mixed Martial Arts ( in OKC. Kru Mark actually began his martial arts training at Lovato's over 15 years ago and found his life passion in Muay  read more »

UFC TUF Winner Chris Holdsworth Talks Training at Lovato's MMA OKC

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Monday, December 02, 2013
The Ultimate Fighter ( winner and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Chris Holdsworth spent some time training at Lovato's Mixed Martial Arts ( in OKC recently. Chris just won the TUF finale this past Saturday while being on Miesha Tate's team and w read more »

Mark Beecher, UFC Muay Thai Coach, Returns To His Roots Lovato's At BJJ and MMA OKC

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Monday, October 14, 2013
It's always good to see former students prosper, Mark "the Hyena" Beecher, is one of those students. Beecher started his mixed martial arts ( education with Professor Rafael Lovato Sr. and has since spent his time traveling the world to study the art of Muay Thai. He h read more »

Former UFC Fighter and ADCC Champion, Vinny Magalhaes, Training at Lovato's BJJ OKC

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Wednesday, October 02, 2013
You might recognize Vinny Magalhaes ( from his time on The Ultimate Fighter ( or while he was fighting for the UFC ( Vinny is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and is the 2011 ADCC champion in read more »

Current UFC TUF Contestant, Chris Holdsworth, Training at Lovato's MMA OKC

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Chris Holdsworth ( is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ( Black Belt and current member of Team Miesha Tate on the UFC ('s The Ultimate Fighter ( Holds read more »

Mark "Hyena" Beecher UFC Muay Thai Coach Returns to His Roots at Lovato's MMA in OKC!

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Mark Beecher has quite the Muay Thai resume, he has has been training the art for over 15 years and has picked up some cutting edge techniques along the way. He has had over 60 Muay Thai fights and has fought all over the world, including some of the most prestigious tournaments in Thailand. M read more »

James Head Represents Mixed Martial Arts in Oklahoma City at UFC 159!

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Team Lovato mixed martial artist, James Head, will be stepping into the octagon for the fifth time on April 27th to face Nick Catone. James will put his 9-3 record on the line at UFC 159 (, which is headlined by Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen fighting for the light heavyweight cha read more »

Team Lovato OKC MMA Fighter, James Head, returns to UFC tonight!

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Lovato Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt and Oklahoma City's top Mixed Martial Arts fighter, James Head, is set to face Mike Pyle at the Ultimate Fighter Finale tonight!. This will be James' 3rd fight in the UFC this year and he is looking to keep his undefeated streak at welterwei read more »

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