Preview: Fight 2 Win 104 Rafael Lovato Jr. faces Yuri Simões

The main event at this weekend’s Fight 2 Win 104 includes what should be an exciting match between two Fight 2 Win (F2W) veterans. Lovato Jr. is undefeated in F2W, and is surely hoping to add the no-gi bout to his win column. Simões, however, is not to be looked past; the former ADCC champion just took home the Combat Jiu-Jitsu victory a few weeks ago.

Lovato Jr. is a black belt under Carlos Machado, and was the first non-Brazilian man to win the Brazilian National Championship in the open weight division. 44 of his 91 wins have come by submission, though it doesn’t appear Lovato Jr. plays favorites with his submissions. His losses, however, have come largely by points.

Meanwhile, Yuri Simões is a black belt under Ricardo Vieira who found success as a colored belt before winning the ADCC in 2015 at black belt. 40 of his 75 wins have come by points. If he can defend Lovato Jr.’s submission attempts, Simões may have his best chance at winning by out-scoring his opponent. Both men are looking extremely confident going into this match.

In an effort to bring more judo to F2W events, Olympic judo veteran Ryan Reser will face off against Erik Kirkegaard of Eastside Dojo. F2W CEO Seth Daniels will also be competing, as will Chelsah’ Lyons, a Marcelo Garcia black belt.  

Main Event : 210lbs Black Belt NOGI

Rafael Lovato Jr (Lovato BJJ) vs Yuri Simoes (CTA)

Masters Black Belt Welterweight GI Title

Rafael Formiga Barbosa (Soul Fighters) vs. Nick Greene

Female Black Belt Welterweight GI Title

Nathiely Jesus (RPBJJ) vs Talita Nogueira (NS Brotherhood)

185lbs Black Belt GI

DJ Jackson (TLI) vs Manuel Ribamar (RPBJJ)

225lbs Black Belt Judo

Alan Shebaro (Tier 1) vs Garrett Andrews (Nemesis Jiu Jitsu)

205lbs Black Belt NOGI

Michael Alexander (Genesis) vs Tony Trammell (Soul Fighters)

205lbs Black Belt GI

Jorge Perez (Zombie Crew) vs Seth Daniels (Easton BJJ)

200lbs Black Belt Judo

Geronimo Sauceda (Becerra/Iron Sharpen Academy) vs Nyamochir Sainjarga (East Side Judo)

195lbs Black Belt NOGI

Kyle Raemisch (Frequecy Jiu Jitsu) vs Tony Tipton (Tipton Martial Arts)

185lbs Black Belt GI

Sina Hadad (Ironside BJJ) vs Angel Lopez (Halo Martial Arts)

185lbs Black Belt GI

Matthew Waltmon (Peak Peformance) vs Leonardo Machado (BTT)

180lbs Black Belt JUDO

Ryan Reser (Easton BJJ) vs Erik Kirkegaard (Eastside Dojo)

180lbs Black Belt Gi

Vinicius Agudo (Soul Fighters) vs Vinicius Garcia (Gracie Gym)

175lbs Black Belt GI

Davi Girao (Checkmat) vs Jonahton Hunter (Tier 1)

170lbs Black Belt Gi

Michael Fowler (RPBJJ) vs Randell Kennedy (Soul Fighters)

160lbs Black Belt GI

Matheus Gabriel (Checkmat) vs Justin Rice (Tsunami BJJ)

155lbs Black Belt GI

Jordan Gomez (CJJF) vs Juan Tatum (Peak Performance)

145lbs Black Belt JUDO

Nathan Kearney (Okuri Judo) vs Shaun Burns (Nemesis Jiu Jitsu)

150lbs Black Belt NOGi

Tracey Goodell (CJJF) vs Chelsah’ Lyons (Marcelo Garcia)

185lbs Brown Belt Masters Gi Title

Bobby Alexander (Lutter BJJ) vs Wally Thompson (Tac Team)

Super Heavy Weight Brown Belt GI

Reggie Jeff (BTT) vs Marc Botindari (Sharpens Iron Academy)

205lbs Brown Belt GI

Buddy Roberts (Gracie Barra) vs Matthew Barry (RCJ Machado)

195lbs Brown Belt GI

Felipe Timoteo (Sharpens Iron Acadmey) vs Anthony Cronce (Tac Team)

195lbs Brown Belt GI

Mike Anderson (Tier 1) vs Jack Garrett (Peak Performance)

195lbs Brown Belt NOGI

Kevin Holland (Lutter BJJ) vs Kyle Short (Flux MMA)

180lbs Brown Belt Gi

Chuck Adam (Lucky Jiu Jitsu) vs Dulces Flaco Flores (Alex Martins BJJ)

175lbs Brown Belt GI

Matehus Luna (Checkmat) vs Grant Gunderson (Peak Perfromance)

155lbs Brown Belt Gi

Benjamin Annunziato (Team Lutter) vs Jason Bright (Genesis)

142lbs Brown Belt Gi

Audrey Wolfe (Checkmat) vs Victoria Antelante (Soul Fighters)

135lbs Brown Belt Gi

Henrique Rossi (Sharpen Iron Academy) vs Jorge Vazauez Jr (Alvarez BJJ)

215lbs Purple Belt Gi

Christopher Shaw (Sharpen iron Academy) vs Kevin McCormick (Marcelo Garcia)

195lbs Purple Belt GI

Rhyan Young (Warrior BJJ) vs Donny King (Mohler MMA)

185lbs Purple Belt GI

Theo Lee (Sharpen Iron Acadmey) vs Brian Cutts (B Quick BJJ)

165lbs Purple Belt GI

Joshua Sutton (Lovato BJJ) vs Mathew Handy (RCJ Machado)

155lbs Purple Belt NOGI

Keaton Standridge (Checkmat) vs Levi Golding (Soul Fighters)

150lbs Purple Belt NOGI

Anthony Robinson (Star Jiu Jitsu) vs Josh Mosquea (Lovato BJJ)

120lbs Purple Belt Gi

Karla Shellhammer (Soul Fighters) vs Beth Williams (Lucky Jiu Jitsu)

Teen Bantamweight Gi Title

Jessie Crane (Soul Fighters) vs Emily Fernandez (Bastos BJJ)

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