Rafael
Natal
17-6-1( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 11 fights.
Record: 17-6-1
Summary: Ground game

Fighter Info

Nickname: Sapo
From: Belo Horizonte Brazil
Fights Out Of: New York, NY USA
Age: 31
Height: 6' 0" ( 182 cm )
Weight: 185 lb ( 84 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
777
48% Successful
373
Types of Successful Strikes
0
373
57% Standing
13%
30%
211
49
113
Striking Defense
61
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
56
38% Successful
21
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
7
31
1
Takedown Defense
78
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
UPCOMING
Rafael Natal
UFC Fight Night 50: Souza vs. Mousasi
Sep 5, 2014
-- -- -- -- --
Chris Camozzi -- -- -- --
Loss
Ed Herman May 10, 2014
51 1 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Rafael Natal 35 1 0 0
Loss
Tim Kennedy Nov 6, 2013
13 0 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
Rafael Natal 13 0 0 0
Win
Rafael Natal Sep 4, 2013
39 0 1 10 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Tor Troeng 9 0 0 4
Win
Rafael Natal May 18, 2013
29 1 0 6 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Joao Zeferino 14 0 2 1
Win
Rafael Natal Jan 26, 2013
64 4 4 4 R3 Submission
Sean Spencer 12 0 0 0
Loss
Rafael Natal Jul 11, 2012
73 2 0 1 R2 KO/TKO
Andrew Craig 23 0 0 1
Win
Rafael Natal Feb 4, 2012
36 6 2 5 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Michael Kuiper 30 0 0 0
Win
Rafael Natal Aug 6, 2011
43 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Paul Bradley 13 3 0 3
Draw
Jesse Bongfeldt Dec 11, 2010
53 2 0 7 R3 Decision - Majority
Rafael Natal 13 5 0 4
Loss
Rich Attonito Sep 15, 2010
25 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Rafael Natal 28 2 0 1

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 five 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, three by knockout

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