Legacy Fighting President Mick Maynard has confirmed that American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champions Rafael Lovato Jr and Justin Rader has signed multiple fight deals with Legacy Fighting Championships and make their debuts on September 26 at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the LFC 35 fight card.
Rafeal Lovato Jr. announced about a month ago that he was seeking to move to MMA, and for those who don't know he is the only American to win an IBJJF World Championship, a European Championship, a Pan American Championship, and a Brazilian National Champion, all of which he won in 2007. He has also won a No Gi World Championship and has competed at Metamoris and ADCCs. All this has caused him to surpass B.J. Penn in the eyes of many in the grappling community as the best American-born BJJ grappler.
In addition to his fantastic grappling credentials, Lovato grew up training under his father in boxing and kickboxing and has continued to work on Muay Thai even while competing in jiu jitsu. This will be Lovato's MMA debut.
Justin Rader is a student of Lovato's and trains with him at their Oklahoma City academy, and is one of the premier American no gi grapplers. He has won an IBJJF No Gi World Championships and has a bronze medal from ADCCs hanging on his wall. Rader is known for his takedowns and top game and already has a 2-0 record in 2014 at Featherweight.
This is exciting news for grappling fans as two fantastic grapplers are getting some shine in MMA. So here are Rader's two MMA fights and a Lovato highlight.
Justin "Darth" Rader's MMA Debut (via Jared Rader)
Justin Rader 2nd MMA Fight | Team Lovato OKC | 30 Day Free Trial (via Lovato Jiu Jitsu)
Rafael Lovato Jr. "I Make History" Highlight Video (via Lovato Jiu Jitsu)