Rafael Natal

TRAINING: A typical day of training for this fight is at least two hard training sessions per day and one light session and resting and recovering in between them. I train six days a week and I always take one day off. These sessions involve MMA, Boxing, Wrestling, Muay Thai, strength and conditioning and jiu-jitsu.

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

•    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

•    Seven wins by submission, three by knockout

Fight History

Skill Breakdown
Charts are compiled based on results from all fights.
Total Fights: 4
Record: 14-3-1
Summary: Ground game
Fighter Info
Nickname: Sapo
From: Belo Horizonte Brazil
Fights Out Of: New York, NY USA
Age: 29
Height: 6′ 0" ( 182 cm )
Weight: 185 lb ( 84 kg )


Total Attempted Strikes
38% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
75% Standing
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
38% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Rafael Natal
UFC® 143: Diaz vs. Condit

Feb 4, 2012

36 6 2 5 R3Decision – Unanimous
Michael Kuiper 30 0 0 0
Rafael Natal
UFC® 133: Evans vs. Ortiz

Aug 6, 2011

43 0 0 0 R3Decision – Unanimous
Paul Bradley 13 3 0 3
Jesse Bongfeldt

Dec 11, 2010

53 2 0 7 R3Decision – Majority
Rafael Natal 13 5 0 4
Rich Attonito

Sep 15, 2010

25 0 0 0 R3Decision – Unanimous
Rafael Natal 28 2 0 1

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