Newly crowned Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr. has issued a statement on the biggest win thus far in his pro mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Rafael Lovato Jr. Issues Statement
The new champ took his official Instagram account post-fight where he issued the following statement:
“My life’s work & a lot of HEART was on display tonight! It is impossible for me to put all of this into words. I am overwhelmed with emotion… The underdog did it tonight!!! I have so many people to thank but for now, I just want to thank everyone who believed in me & was behind me tonight. Now it’s finally time to relax lol.”
Lovato Jr. entered this fight as a significant betting underdog. Despite being counted out by the oddsmakers, that didn’t stop the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist from earning a hard-fought majority decision win after five rounds.
Lovato Jr. is currently on a 10-fight winning streak. While on the path to earn this title fight, he scored a submission of John Salter at Bellator 205 this past September, which marked his latest fight.
Although not confirmed, it’s logical to think that Bellator MMA could book a rematch between these two fighters next as it was a close contest.