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Bellator: Rafael Lovato Jr, invicto no MMA desde 2014, revela doença cerebral rara e vive momento de indefinição: "É algo muito raro"

O lutador foi diagnosticado com cavernoma no ano passado e quase foi impedido de disputar o cinturão contra Gegard Mousasi

Raul Vitor Publicado em 31/01/2020, às 10h51

Rafael segue invicto no MMA desde 2014
Rafael segue invicto no MMA desde 2014 - Reprodução

Rafael Lovato Jr, campeão peso-médio do Bellator, revelou que foi diagnosticado com cavernoma, doença que atinge uma em cada 200 pessoas e afeta a formação dos vasos sanguíneos da região cerebral.

 
 
 
 
 
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If you don’t know what these pictures mean, please watch my recent episode of JRE (link in my bio.) • This is what I saw in my head 6 weeks before my title fight. To say this shook me is a huge understatement! I had no idea how to process discovering I have a disease in my brain that could have serious, even life threatening affects on me right while I was in the middle of preparing for the biggest fight of my life. A moment that I had worked my entire life for. From training under my father as a boy in the JKD system, to discovering my first passion of Jiu-Jitsu, and dedicating myself to the art as a teenager and setting out to make history as an American in the sport at a time where 99% of Jiu-Jitsu was still located in Brazil. To making the decision to get out of my comfort zone of Jiu-Jitsu and becoming a white belt all over again. MMA brought together every phase of my life and my complete martial arts journey and family, but I didn’t see it that way at first. I never really enjoyed the environment and culture of MMA, but I knew it was the ultimate challenge and way to express myself as a martial artist and that I had to do it. Fight after fight, I fell in love with it more & more. I fell in love with having all my teachers and my family together on a mission and I got to be in the middle of their love, their knowledge, and their inspiration. We sacrificed, we grinded, we had tons of fun, we learned and grew as a family, and I fully discovered who I was as a martial artist and a man. Everything I am and everything I have ever done was on display in each fight. I was the warrior representing their life’s work and at the same time showing mine. We set out to become World Champions together and I was not going to let anything stop me from completing my destiny. The fight had already been postponed 5 months and I was going on a 7 month training camp thinking everyday about this fight. All I wanted was the opportunity. If it was the last fight of my life, I didn’t care, I just knew that I had to do it. I was ready to put my health on the line. I just knew that we as a team and a family couldn’t come this far and not get our shot. (Continued in the comments)

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O atleta contou como descobriu a doença numa entrevista ao podcast “Joe Rogan Experience”. Lovato realizou uma tomografia na cabeça, em junho de 2019, antes da disputa do cinturão diante de Gegard Mousasi, no Bellator 223.

O cavernoma foi constatado e o médico dos Estados Unidos, que realizou os exames do lutador, não o liberou para a luta que valia o cinturão. Lovato, então, procurou uma série de especialistas no Brasil e conseguiu a liberação para o confronto.

Isso é algo muito raro e único. Ninguém sabe muito sobre [o cavernoma]. Eu não estou me aposentando oficialmente, mas estou do lado de fora no momento. Estou me consultando com muitos médicos e buscando aprender mais sobre isso. Obviamente, quero continuar lutando, tenho a esperança que, se eu continuar a me consultar e conseguir mais conhecimento possa continuar lutando”, disse Lovato.

 
 
 
 
 
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An Oklahoma kid who gave everything to make history as a Tri-Combathlete. • Last year I completed 15yrs as a Black Belt & 15yrs competing at the highest level. During this time there have been many ups & downs. Tons of injuries, surgery, heart breaking losses, grueling fight camps, & lots of doubts, all while at the same time owning & operating an academy for the last 10yrs. Not to mention the sacrifice & hardship of having to travel my whole life to learn since my father & I never had a Black Belt instructor here in Oklahoma. • I am extremely grateful for the difficult road I took. I am a firm believer that the hard way is the best way. This journey has taught me so much & gave me so many incredible memories & relationships that will live in my heart forever. Today, I wish to be an example that anything is possible. No matter where you live, what obstacles stand in front of you, or how many times you get knocked down, if you never give up, there will always be something amazing waiting for you & you will learn more than you ever imagined. • 2005 Budo Challenge Champ • 2006 American National Champ • 2007 European Champ • 2005, 2007, & 2008 Pan Champ • 2007 & 2013 Brasileiro Champ • 2007 @ibjjf World Champ Gi • 2010, 2011, & 2013 No-Gi World Champ • 2011 Abu Dhabi World Pro No-Gi World Champ • 2007 BJJ Fighter of the Year • @f2wbjj Gi & No-Gi Champion • 2016 @legacyfighting MMA World Champ • 2019 @bellatormma World Champ • First Black Belt to ever Grand Slam - 2007 • First 🇺🇸 Euro Black Belt Champ • First 🇺🇸 Pan Black Belt Champ • First 🇺🇸 Brasileiro Black Belt Champ • First 🇺🇸 IBJJF Major Black Belt Absolute Champ • First 🇺🇸 Gi & No-Gi World Champ • First Gi, NoGi, & MMA World Champ • #MakeYourMark #AnythingIsPossible #Believe #TeamLovato #TrueMartialArtist #MakeHistory #RafaelLovatoJr

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O lutador afirmou que vive um período de indefinição e revelou como tem se preparado para um possível adeus dos octógonos.

Se realmente não for seguro e eu não for liberado nunca, eu finalmente cheguei a um lugar [psicologicamente] onde eu consigo aceitar isso e eu vou seguir com a minha vida. Se eles [Bellator] precisarem marcar uma luta para determinar um novo campeão, está tudo bem. Vou fazer tudo que posso para ser aprovado para retornar. É meio que um período de indefinição”, explicou.

Rafael Lovato é faixa preta de jiu-jitsu e segue invicto no MMA desde de sua estreia, em 2014. Ao todo são dez vitórias, nenhuma derrota e dois títulos no Bellator e no Legacy FC.


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