Team Lovato BJJ World Championship Results!

Rafael Lovato Jr. – Tuesday, June 07, 2011

After a long weekend at the Pyramid in Long Beach, Team Lovato left the World Championships with 3 medals and having won more than 30 matches in the toughest BJJ tournament on the planet.  Several members of Team Lovato lost just short of the medal rounds, but still had great performances in their divisions.  With over 2800 competitors, the divisions at the World Championships were deep with talent and some needed to win 7 matches to earn the gold medal.

Purple Belts, Jonathan Combs, Shiloh Roberts, Rob Wood, and Jesse Vaughn all won matches, but lost before they reached the medal rounds.  In the Brown Belt divisions, Johannes Wieth, had an incredible campaign dominating all of his opponents before losing in the finals by a controversial disqualification for an illegal leg lock that his opponent had rolled into.  Johannes is our good friend from Germany, who spent 5 weeks at Lovato’s training for the World Championships.  Other Brown Belts, Robert Harper, Zach Adamson, and James Puopolo also had great performances winning several matches, but fell short of hitting the medal rounds.

(Johannes Wieth with his Silver Medal)

In the Black Belt divisions, Rafael Lovato Jr. had another solid performance winning his 5th medal at the World Championships as a Black Belt.  Rafael was having an incredible performance, before losing to eventual weight and absolute champion, Rodolfo Viera, in the semifinals by points.  Rafael earned the bronze medal in arguably one of the toughest divisions at the tournament. Lovato Black Belt, Justin Rader, competed in his first World Championships as a Black Belt and he did great, winning his first match by submission before losing to eventual champion, Rafael Mendes.

(Rafael Lovato Jr. with his Bronze Medal)

We are very proud of our team’s results competing against the best in the world and we know that this experience will only make them much stronger!