Rafael Lovato Jr Vs Aaron Johnson: F2W 151

In the co-main event at Fight 2 Win 151 on Friday, Aug. 12, Rafael Lavato Jr. met Aaron “Tex” Johnson. Johnson is a multiple Pans champion and former MMA fighter who is an expert with leg locks. Lavato Jr. is a world-class black belt and former Bellator champ who has not been submitted by leg lock since 2011. 

This was a highly anticipated match, but the most exciting part was played out between the ref and the promoter. Johnson pulled guard right from the start. Within 10 seconds he had a 50/50 position against a kneeling Lavato Jr. This was essentially the end of the action. For the remainder of the match, this is where these two stayed. 

The only action we saw was a brief moment when the ref stood the two up. At first, it looked like he was going to reset them to the center of the mat in the same position. But then everyone realized he was resetting them standing in an attempt to generate action. Johnson argued that he shouldn’t be reset from such a position. Promoter Seth Daniels agreed and intervened. He instructed the ref to put them back in the 50/50 position. Johnson won by judges’ decision.

Blue Belts

Blake Bradshaw defeats Joshua Nealy via Heel Hook

Jaedon Nobles defeats Jose Ruiz via Baseball Bat Choke

Alex Leon defeats Robert Galan via Armbar

Nik Gates defeats Danny Bicheler via Split Decision

Michael Metry defeats Evan Wessman via Armbar

Skylar Idell defeats Elizabeth Sandoval via Armbar

Artwaun Steele defeats Mickey Mcdougal via Decision

Matt Mendez defeats Kilian Carlsen-Phelan via Decision

Jett Thompson defeats Jordan Riddle via Decision

Purple Belts

Troy Mercer defeats Gabriel Costa via Decision

(Mercer becomes F2W Light-Heavyweight No Gi Champion)

Fraan Papasidero defeats David Rigsbee via Choke

Jorden Reign Saenz defeats John Sanchez via Decision

Blair Severson defeats Vannak Chim via Decision

Ramiro Leon defeats Hannah Sternblitz via Decision

Teara Lewis defeats Hannah Sternblitz via Decision

Greg Raffield defeats Levi Kurtovich via Heel Hook

Zach Wolivar defeats Dylan Kastelic via Decision

Dominic Ramos defeats Colton Phoenix via Decision

Mark Lorelly Jr. defeats Kenneth Kindred IV via Decision

Brown Belts

Emil Fischer defeats Kevin Mccormick via Heel Hook

(Fischer remains F2W Masters Light Heavyweight No Gi Title)

Brad Schneider defeats Felipe Timoteo via Decision

(Schneider becomes F2W Heavyweight Champion)

Carlos Neto defeats Eric Ceballos via Decision

Edward Johnson defeats Anthony Cronce via Anaconda Choke

Nathan Inman defeats Aaron Culpepper via Decision

Cameron Adair defeats Allen Brooks via Heel Hook

Troy Edmond Russell defeats Anthony Robinson via Decision

Black Belts

Kennedy Maciel defeats Osvaldo Moizinho via Decision

(Maciel becomes F2W Light Weight Gi Champion)

Aaron Johnson defeats Rafael Lovato Jr via Decision

(Johnson become F2W Light HeavyWeight Masters Champion)

Gabriel Arges defeats Marcio Andre via Decision

Joao Pedro Somalia defeats Mohammed Magharef via Decision

Lucas Lima defeats David Parker via Ankle Lock

Sebastian Black defeats Jason Butcher via Heel Hook

Lucas Lima defeats Vinny Saenz via Decision

Josh Clopton

Josh Clopton is a UFC veteran and Jiu Jitsu black belt. In 2005 he left his job in Tulsa, Okla. and moved to San Francisco to pursue fighting. While trying to break into the UFC, he worked on a commercial crab fishing boat to make ends meet. Josh earned his black belt under Jake Shields in 2016 and now helps train other fighters and has been the chief cornerman in over 20 UFC fights. He teaches at El Nino Training Center and also for companies such as Google, YouTube and LinkedIn. He is an avid reader, writer and outdoorsman.

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