Rafael
Natal
20-6-1( W-L-D )
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Fight of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 13 fights.
Record: 20-6-1
Summary: Ground game

Fighter Info

Nickname: Sapo
From: Belo Horizonte Brazil
Fights Out Of: New York, New York USA
Age: 32
Height: 6' 0" ( 182 cm )
Weight: 185 lb ( 84 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
1105
47% Successful
521
Types of Successful Strikes
0
521
65% Standing
13%
22%
337
70
114
Striking Defense
60
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
92
35% Successful
32
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
7
34
1
Takedown Defense
77
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
Win
Rafael Natal
May 23, 2015
43
45
1
1
0
0
0
2
R3 Decision - Split
Win
Rafael Natal
Jan 31, 2015
67
29
8
0
0
0
1
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Loss
Rafael Natal
May 10, 2014
51
35
1
1
0
0
0
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Loss
Rafael Natal
Nov 6, 2013
13
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
Win
Rafael Natal
Sep 4, 2013
39
9
0
0
1
0
10
4
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Rafael Natal
May 18, 2013
29
14
1
0
0
2
6
1
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Rafael Natal
Jan 26, 2013
64
12
4
0
4
0
4
0
R3 Submission
Loss
Rafael Natal
Jul 11, 2012
73
23
2
0
0
0
1
1
R2 KO/TKO
Win
Rafael Natal
Feb 4, 2012
36
30
6
0
2
0
5
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Rafael Natal
Paul Bradley
Aug 6, 2011
43
13
0
3
0
0
0
3
R3 Decision - Unanimous
DRAW
Rafael Natal
Dec 11, 2010
53
13
2
5
0
0
7
4
R3 Decision - Majority
Loss
Rafael Natal
Sep 15, 2010
25
28
0
2
0
0
0
1
R3 Decision - Unanimous

Biography

TRAINING: On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I'm doing Muay Thai or practicing conditioning in the morning. In the afternoon I train jiu-jitsu, and at night I work out, run or swim. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I practice MMA sparring in the morning and wrestling at night. Saturday I either do jiu-jitsu with or without a GI or practice MMA. And on Sundays I rest all day.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started when I was 14 years old, practicing Capoeira. Six years later I realized that I needed to train in Jiu-Jitsu because when someone took me down I didn't know what to do.  After training for three years, I became a Jiu-Jitsu world champion. After observing Renzo, Mark Kerr, Royce and other guys fighting, I started to train in MMA because I realized that I needed this type of training.

What ranks and titles have you held? Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling: Black Belt under Vinicius Draculino Magalhães and Renzo Gracie, Three Time Champion of Minas Gerais Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Three Time Champion Brazil LBJJ, Champion Absolute Brazil LBJJ, Two Time Champion de Equipes Brazil CBJJ, Mundial Champion CBJJ, Champion of Submission Champions League, Champion of the National Submission Tournament, Two Time Champion of the Pan Americans Submission Tournament CBJJ in New York, Two Time Champion Absolute in Grapplers Quest in New York, Champion of the Pan Americans Submission Tournament Absolute CBJJ in New York

Do you have any heroes? My mother and my father.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is my dream come true. Now I can show everybody who Rafael Sapo is.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No.

What was your job before you started fighting? I started working at the age of 12 in my mom's store, where I worked for 8 years.

Favorite grappling technique: Jiu-Jitsu

Favorite striking technique: Boxing and Muay Thai

• Nickname “Sapo” means frog 

• Pro since 2005

• Has won six of his last eight

• In most recent pre-UFC bout (5/21/10), knocked out former UFC title challenger and TUF4 winner Travis Lutter in the first round

• Also owns win over UFC vet Danillo Villefort

• Eight wins by submission (arm triangle, 4 RNC, armbar, guillotine, keylock), three by knockout

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