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Rafael Lovato’s Gunning for Legacy FC Belt in 2016, Starting with Friday Night’s Fight

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Growing up in a family surrounded by martial arts, it seemed only natural current Legacy FC title contender Rafael Lovato Jr. would make his way eventually to MMA.

Starting out with Jeet Kune Do, Lovato transitioned to boxing and later Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where he became a world champion. And now he hopes to replicate that success in MMA.

“My whole life I’ve been familiar with MMA and training everything and all different ranges of combat,” Lovato told MMAWeekly.com. “It was always a goal of mine to eventually compete in MMA as I saw the UFC come around and the growth of the sport.

“I stayed in the jiu-jitsu game for quite a while, and I’ve been able to grow my team and my name in that world, but in 2014 I felt like it was time (to jump to MMA). I wanted a new challenge and wanted to feel that motivation again.”

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When asked how he felt his transition to MMA has gone, Lovato replied, “I felt like a lot of it comes naturally to me, because that’s what I grew up doing. It was like tapping back into that and developing my MMA game.”

On April 22 in Catoosa, Oklahoma, Lovato (2-0) gets his first opportunity to claim an MMA championship when he takes on Marcelo Nunes (5-0) in a 185lb main event of Legacy FC 54.

“Going into this fight I’m very confident in all areas and all ranges,” said Lovato. “I’m excited to put it all together. I think (Nunes will) bring that out in me.

“He’s a great jiu-jitsu guy himself, he has stand-up experience, and seeing some of his fights he’s not afraid to throw. I’m 100% ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly