Visitors come to OKC BJJ and more belt promotions…

This next few weeks, there will be a pack full of black belts and brown belts coming from various academies to Lovato’s OKC BJJ academy. Xande Ribeiro will be heading to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA to train with OKC BJJ fighters Rafael Lovato Jr. and Justin Rader for their ADCC grappling tournament. Xande Ribeiro is a decorated BJJ and submission grappler, and has won numerous World championships both gi and nogi. Johannes Wieth will also be visiting Lovato’s all the way from Germany. He finished 2nd place at the 2011 World Jiu Jitsu Championships in brown belt adult division.

Matt Jubera from Dark Horse BJJ. He will also be bringing UFC veteran Elliot Marshall with him to the OKC BJJ academy. All of them will be preparing for the American National Gi and Nogi championships or the ADCC grappling championships on September 24 and 25.

There has been some additional promotions as well. Jarett Watters has been promoted to purple belt by OKC BJJ professor Rafael Lovato Jr. Congratulations to Team Lovato’s Wichita Falls members JH Wooldridge and Joel Maguire for receiving their blue belts. Griffin Phillips and Jared Dopps have been awarded a stripe for their blue belts. Again, congratulations to the OKC BJJ students from Wichita Falls, TX.

If you live in Oklahoma and would love to learn brazilian jiu jitsu and learn the best of what Oklahoma mma and OKC BJJ has to offer and be a part of Team Lovato BJJ then come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA today where you can learn from current UFC fighters, multiple ADCC submission wrestling veterans and World Champion BJJ fighters including Rafael Lovato Jr and Justin Rader. Take advantage of the 30 Day Free Trial and be training with many of the Worlds best and having a ton of fun with all of the incredible students at Lovato’s for a whole month for free.

Be sure to come by and watch these bjj black and brown belts train at Lovato’s OKC BJJ academy this week, and congrats to those who have been promoted!

OKC Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School. . .

Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA offers a great place to train at the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School in Oklahoma City. Head instructor of the academy, Rafael Lovato Jr., has accomplished what no American has ever done and won every major Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in one year, the European Championships, Brazilian National Championships, Pan American Championships and World Championships. He is also the first American to win the World Championships both Gi and NoGi. Rafael Lovato Jr. has taught OKC Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for years now.

Come train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with world champions and future champions.

Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA ‘s assistant instructor, Justin Rader, is the first current black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr. and the only American World Champion under a World Champion American instructor. Both instructors are currently getting training and prepared for the ADCC, in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in Oklahoma City. They are also getting Team Lovato ready this year for the American Nationals and Grapplers Quest in Houston, TX.

If you live in the OKC area and are looking for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in Oklahoma City, come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA today. Take up our  30 Day Free Trial and get started today. We promise you will be completely satisfied with your experience at Lovato’s, if you have any doubts, check out our Testimonials section on our website.

Come train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with world champions and future champions.

OKC BJJ Rafael Lovato Jr.’s Next Seminar…

One of the top United States and OKC BJJ Competitors, Rafael Lovato Jr. is heading to Dublin, Ireland for a seminar! In this seminar, Rafael will show top quality techniques and strategies that have made him a multiple time world champion to take gold in the prestigious Mundial world championships (having medaled in three different weight categories) and world Nogi champion. As a OKC BJJ coach, he is the first American to produce an OKC BJJ Adult Black Belt champion, Justin Rader, in the No Gi Worlds as well!

OKC BJJ to Ireland.

OKC BJJ fighter,Rafael Lovato Jr., has won the Pan American Championships multiple times, the World Championships in 2007, World Nogi Championships in 2010, Brazilian and American National Championships in 2007, and European Championships in 2007.  This will take place after the ADCC championships where OKC BJJ star Lovato Jr. seeks to win his weight division. This seminar will take place at Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Ireland on September 28 at 7 pm. The cost will be  €50. Spaces are limited, so be sure to email RJJIreland@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

As OKC BJJ comes to Ireland.

If you live in Oklahoma and would love to learn brazilian jiu jitsu and learn the best of what Oklahoma mma and OKC BJJ has to offer and be a part of Team Lovato then come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA today where you can learn from current UFC fighters, multiple ADCC submission wrestling veterans and World Champions BJJ fighters including Rafael Lovato Jr and Justin Rader. Take advantage of the 30 Day Free Trial and be training with many of the Worlds best and having a ton of fun with all of the incredible warriors at Lovato’s for a whole month for free.

If you are in the Ireland area, please be sure to attend the seminar hosted by OKC BJJ fighter Rafael Lovato Jr.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu match?

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal barely got his throne warm before Rafael ‘Feijao” Cavalcante stormed his castle. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The “King” was only king for four months before he was forced to hand over his light-heavyweight championship belt following a disappointing August 2010 loss – the first of his career. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

A knee surgery, a long layoff and a fight postponement later, and here we stand.

Lawal (7-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) begins his comeback by facing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu standout Roger Gracie (4-0 MMA, 2-0 SF) on the Showtime-televised main card of “Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov.” The event takes place Sept. 10 at U. S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

The pair originally was supposed to fight on July 30, but Roger Gracie withdrew from the event due to an injury.

Both men finally appear to have put their respective health issues to bed for the time being.

“It feels good, man,” Lawal told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “It’s been a year since I’ve fought, so I got no injuries, no more. It’s all good.”

Once he was cleared to train following rehabilitation, Lawal decided to embrace his inner nomad for a few months.

He traveled to Holland to train alongside former kickboxing and Muay Thai world champion Tyrone Spong. While in Las Vegas, he worked with Xtreme Couture coach Ray Sefo, sought out multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion Robert Drysdale, and studied the “sweet science” under the watchful eye of Floyd Mayweather Sr.

He finally settled in at American Kickboxing Academy for the meat and potatoes of his camp to prepare for Gracie.

All the planes, trains and automobiles necessary to seek out different training partners and coaches were well worth it, according to Lawal.

“It keeps your skill set fresh,” he said. “You’re constantly adding on, where some people stay in the same area and they don’t really evolve. They stay stagnant. I’m always trying to look to improve.”

The skills, techniques and philosophies he has incorporated along the way will serve him well both in this fight and beyond.

In a sport as fluid as MMA, continuous learning is a requisite for success.

Gracie is no different. He continues to show gainful improvements, most notably in the kickboxing department in his recent bouts.

“[His standup is] better than what I expected it to be,” said Lawal, having seen tape on Gracie. “I thought it was going to be terrible. He came out throwing jabs and one-twos and teeps and some leg kicks. He’s solid.”

The general consensus, however, is that the fight will boil down to a specific battle within the war: whether or not Gracie can get the former Division I All-American and international-level wrestler Lawal to the mat in order to work his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizardry. If not, he’ll be at a distinct disadvantage on the feet in terms of technique, speed and power.

Predictably, Lawal doesn’t think Gracie will be able to do what’s necessary to get him down.

“Maybe if I slip,” Lawal said. “I don’t know. I don’t think so, but I can take him down. I’m not afraid of his (Brazilian) jiu-jitsu at all. He has a great closed guard, but sometimes when you get hit, that guard opens up.

“I’m not worried about nothing. I’m just worried about making weight and getting to the fight. That’s all.”

With confidence bursting at the seams again, the loss to Cavalcante now seems to be nothing more than a distant memory for Lawal. The man has his swagger back.

“I know I’m going to win,” he said. “I’m going to win the fight. I don’t know if it’s by stoppage or ground and pound, whatever. Hey, (maybe) even submission.” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

“Anything’s possible, dog.” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

OKC jiu jitsu

OKC jiu jitsu was displayed at Dallas, TX this weekend. Team Lovato brought 17 adult competitors with 2 children for the Fight To Win Europa Show Grappling Tournament.

17 adult competitors of Team Lovato presented what OKC jiu jitsu was all about. They were able to take home 17 medals. They showed excellent brazilian jiu jitsu and nogi grappling at the event. Team Lovato had white, blue, purple, and brown belts at the event. Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA students and instructors are very proud of all the competitors who decided to go step up and put it all on the line for Team Lovato by showing  heart and dedication to the martial art.

The next big tournament for all of the Lovato’s OKC jiu jitsu warriors to look forward to is the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s American National Championships of BJJ and Submission Wrestling to take place in California on September 24th and 25th. The Saulo Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association will be forming a large team with OKC jiu jitsu Team Lovato. This will be a huge team that the SRJJA will form for competition, so it is definately a trip worth taking!

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If you live in Oklahoma and would love to learn brazilian jiu jitsu and learn the best of what OKC jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts has to offer and be a part of Team Lovato then come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA today where you can learn from current UFC fighters, multiple ADCC Submission Wrestling Championship veterans and World Champion BJJ fighters including Rafael Lovato Jr and Justin Rader. Take advantage of the 30 Day Free Trial and be training with many of the Worlds best and having a ton of fun with all of the incredible students at Lovato’s for a whole month for free.

Good Job for Team Lovato for showing what OKC jiu jitsu is all about!

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Football season soon – MMA training in Oklahoma City . . .

The season for football is almost here, preseason training is over and regular season games are about here. Many football players, like DeMarco Murray, train MMA in the offseason. There are fighters in the UFC and other organizations that used to play football. You can stay in shape the same way the pros do with Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA’s MMA training in Oklahoma City.

Brock Lesnar and Matt Mitrione played in the NFL before they began their UFC careers. Herschel Walker fights in Strikeforce. Jared Allen and Brian Dawkins do MMA to supplement their offseason training. Tiki Barber had one of his best seasons after training MMA. These examples show how beneficial MMA is for top athletes, how much more beneficial is it for someone who isn’t in the NFL! Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA is a great place for someone looking for MMA training in Oklahoma City.

If you are looking for MMA training in Oklahoma City then come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Take up our  30 Day Free Trial. You never know, you may be the UFC ‘s next Matt Mitrione or Brock Lesnar.

The MMA training in Oklahoma City that Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA provides is an opportunity you must check out whether you want a hobby, fitness, or desire to be in the UFC.

MMA training in Oklahoma City . . .

Last month, Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA finished the expansion, adding three more matted areas to the building. From this gain in mat space, the school had to adopt a new schedule, to make use of the mats at all times. The schedule offers well over double the amount of classes that used to be available, including classes offering the best MMA training in Oklahoma City.

We offer the best MMA training in Oklahoma City because the classes are taught by NoGi submission grappling 2010 World Champion, Justin Rader, and the only American to win both Gi and NoGi World Championships, Rafael Lovato Jr. Both instructors are at the cutting edge of the NoGi ground game. Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA also is the home gym of UFC Fighter James Head and Bellator fighter Jared Hess.

On top of all that, Lovato’s also brings in the best trainers from around the world to do seminars for MMA training in Oklahoma City, including Mauricio Veio from Evolucao Thai, the Muay Thai instructor from Chute Boxe. Mauricio has coached some of the best stand up fighters in the UFC today including former light heavy weight champion, Mauricio Shogun Rua.

If you live in Oklahoma and would like to start your MMA training in Oklahoma City, come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Take up our 30 Day Free Trial and get started today! We have a new schedule and offer simultaneous classes to fit your needs and goals.

You never know, with MMA training in Oklahoma City of this caliber, you may be in the UFC someday

Top BJJ fighters meet at ADCC 2011…

There are two super fights confirmed for the 2011 ADCC. For the main event for the 2011 ADCC, Strikeforce middleweight titleholder, “Jacare” Souza will face Gracie Barra BJJ fighter Braulio Estima.

The location for the ADCC tournament changes every 2 years and this year, it will take place on Braulio Estima’s “second-home” turf of England, where the BJJ black belt has opened his own Gracie Barra academies since he moved from Brazil.

The second superfight on the roster includes Renzo Gracie vs. Mario Sperry. The BJJ icon, Renzo Gracie, seeks to perform well against Sperry, and train enough for this fight and his return to MMA. Renzo is getting ready to get back in shape, and hopefully get back into the UFC. Sperry is a protégé of Carlson Gracie and highly regarded for his multiple ADCC and World Championship titles.

As for the Royler Gracie and Eddie Bravo superfight, it has been cancelled. The negotiations between legendary BJJ fighter Royler Gracie and the ADCC over Royler’s pay purse demands did not fall through. Eddie Bravo was set to fight the Gracie in the most anticipated rematch on the event’s roster. Bravo elevated his status overnight with his win against Royler at the 2003 event when he submitted the legend via triangle.

Other BJJ fighters in the event include OKC’s BJJ stars Rafael Lovato Jr. and Justin Rader. Rafael Lovato Jr. is the 2010 World Nogi Champion. He is working hard to prepare for this tournament. Justin Rader was able to get his invitation after his win at Grappler’s Quest in Las Vegas when he defeated Jeff Glover by points.

If you live in Oklahoma and would love to learn brazilian jiu jitsu and learn the best of what Okc BJJ and mixed martial arts has to offer and be a part of Team Lovato then come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA today where you can learn from current UFC fighters, multiple ADCC Submission Wrestling Championship veterans and World Champion BJJ fighters including Rafael Lovato Jr. and Justin Rader. Take advantage of the 30 Day Free Trial and be training with many of the Worlds best and having a ton of fun with all of the incredible students at Lovato’s for a whole month for free.

Be sure to watch the 2011 ADCC to watch top quality BJJ and submission grappling matches.

UFC Fight Night 25..

Before he stepped into the Octagon on Sunday night at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, welterweight slugger Chris Lytle announced it would be his last MMA fight.

The man standing across from him in the cage, Dan Hardy, was fighting to keep his UFC career alive.

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Lytle won’t be coming back to UFC, and it is very like Hardy won’t either.

For the fourth time in a row, Hardy failed to leave the Octagon victorious. After going toe-to-toe for nearly three full rounds, Lytle applied a choke that forced Hardy to tap at 4:16 of the third round.

Lytle leaves the UFC to devote more time to his family. But his performance will be remembered for a long time.

Lytle-Hardy By The Numbers

Stats Lytle Hardy
Knockdowns 0 0
Sig. Strikes 127 of 271 61 of 238
Str. Accuracy 47% 26%
Total Str. 134 of 278 63 of 240
Takedowns 0 of 0 1 of 2
TD Accuracy 0% 50%
Submission Att. 1 0
Passes 1 0
Reversals 1 0

 

He and Hardy kept their promise to put on an entertaining fight. Each man landed punishing strikes and neither took a backward step.

But in the final minute of the bout, Hardy found himself inside a Lytle guillotine and could not escape.

It was a fitting end to a career that saw Lytle compile a record of 31-18-5.

I honestly love being a fighter. I love being part of the UFC,” Lytle said. “I probably love it more than anything in my life, except for one thing and that’s my family.

“It is time for me to dedicate more time to them. Although it pains me, I am definitely making the right choice.”

Hardy might find the decision UFC makes about his future painful. The former top 170-pounder has not won a fight since November 2009 and his overall record has slipped to 23-10 with one no contest.

Another great UFC event

Shaq in MMA ?

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has long been a fan of mixed martial arts, and the 15-time All-Star has often said he’d like to compete in a real MMA bout at least once in his life.

In fact, O’Neal even has an opponent in mind: Korean giant Hong Man Choi. But would you be interested in seeing the two 7-footers square off in the cage? MMA
That’s the question we asked in our latest MMAjunkie.com/”Inside MMA” poll, and the results were revealed on Friday’s new episode of HDNet’s weekly MMA -news show.
Tens of thousands of votes were cast, and the results were overwhelmingly in support of the contest. A total of 64 percent of voters believe that O’Neal vs. Choi would be worth watching.
O’Neal, who has long trained in MMA or mixed martial arts as a part of his overall athletic regimen, said his desire to compete against Choi is rooted in the hope of fighting someone of his own stature. O’Neal said he was never afraid of a neighborhood scrap in his youth, but he was also always forced to fights smaller opponents.
“Growing up, I’ve always fought smaller guys,” O’Neal said. “I’ve never fought a guy my size. I’ve always said – and I was kind of serious, at first – if I was to fight somebody, I would like to see how I fare against someone my size. There’s only one guy my size that’s fighting: Hong Man Choi.”

O’Neal said he’s even got a gameplan. Sure, he got probably just bullrush the striking specialist, but he’s intent on proving he has actual fighting skills.

“Because I’m a basketball player, there’s going to be a lot of questions of can I really fight,” O”Neal said. “I’d like to show them my jab, hit him – boom, boom, boom, boom, boom – and then throw a few leg kicks. Then I’d like to take him down and beat him up.”

O’Neal has said a UFC appearance is his real dream, but UFC president Dana White recently shot down that idea. Still, O’Neal said he might be willing to pursue other opportunities. It’s no certainty, but now freshly retired from basketball, it’s at least possible.

“I’m going to start training here probably in a couple of weeks,” O’Neal said. “I’m just getting off of Achilles surgery. We’ll see. I’ll train, and we’ll see.

“It may happen, it may not. But, if I was to fight somebody, it would have to be a 7-foot guy.”

Of course, knowing that just 34 percent of fans voted against the fight has to be at least a little encouraging.

“We might have to do it then,” O’Neal said.

So do the voters have it right? Is this a fight worth promoting? State your case in the comments section below.

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