Rafael Lovato Jr. Blasts on to the Bellator Scene With an Explosive 1st Round K.O. Win
It didn’t take too long for multiple time Jiu-Jitsu king Rafael Lovato Jr. to introduce himself in a catchweight match to Bellator fans and the rest of the viewing audience on Spike TV. Lovato made his mark in the Jiu-Jitsu community as the 2nd American to ever win the Jiu-Jitsu World Championships in Brazil (B.J. Penn being the 1st), and he looks every bit as determined to make a similar impression in the world of MMA. Having already captured the Legacy FC middleweight crown, Lovato now has his sights set on the Bellator strap and seems to be well on his way. His world class Jiu-Jitsu was not a factor in this match, as he welcomed his opponent, Charles Hackmann with a well placed head kick that landed shin to forehead only six seconds into the match which marked the beginning of the end for Hackmann. Referee Jason Herzog stepped in to end the match at the 0:13 mark of the 1st round, making him tied for the 6th fastest knockout in Bellator history. Click on the video above to view the fight in it’s entirety.
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