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Rafael Lovato, Jr

Rafael Lovato, Jr etched his name into grappling folklore when he became the first American to win the Brazilian National Jiu Jitsu (BNJJ) championship as a black belt in 2007. 1,246 more words

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Bellator 174 highlights with blink-and-miss-it 13-second TKO, former champ's retirement

Former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen had problems with the top game of Julia Budd and never could get things going.

That not only led to Budd (10-2, 4-0 BMMA) winning the inaugural Bellator women’s featherweight title with relative ease, but the retirement of Coenen (23-8, 2-2 BMMA), who called it quits on a lengthy and prestigious career after a fourth-round TKO loss in the Bellator 174 main event. 170 more words

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5 Reasons to watch Bellator 174, including a long-awaited inaugural women's featherweight title fight

Bellator has been waiting for almost a year to crown its first women’s featherweight champion. On Friday, the promotion finally will do it when Julia Budd and Marloes Coenen meet in Bellator 174’s main event. 853 more words

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