Oliveira in 2009
|Born||Rafaello Oliveira Ferreira
January 26, 1982
|Residence||Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||71.5 in (182 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.|
|Team||AMA Fight Club|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsublack belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rafaello Oliveira Ferreira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁafaˈɛlu oliˈvejɾɐ]; born January 26, 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Mixed martial arts career
Rafaello took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 16, and started his professional MMA career in 2004, competing in his native Brazil. He moved to the United States in 2007, and settled in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2008, where he was an instructor at the Knoxville Martial Arts Academy. In 2012 he moved to Charleston, SC where he now teaches at Charleston Krav Maga & MMA.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In August 2009, it was announced Oliveira would be debuting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 103. He was originally scheduled to fight Dan Lauzon, but Lauzon pulled out of the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Nik Lentz. Despite pushing the pace in the first round and moving forward aggressively, Oliveira was controlled by Lentz in the 2nd and 3rd rounds which led to a unanimous decision loss.
Oliveira was expected to face Sean Sherk on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108. However, after an injury to Tyson Griffin, Sherk stepped up to face Jim Miller, leaving Oliveira to face John Gunderson. Oliveira went on to defeat Gunderson via unanimous decision, earning his first UFC win.
Oliveria most recently faced Andre Winner on March 31, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 21, replacing an injured Cole Miller. Oliveira was defeated by Winner via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the UFC.
In May 2011, Oliveira was resigned by the UFC and faced Gleison Tibau on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130, replacing an injured Bart Palaszewski. Oliveira was submitted for the first time in his professional career, tapping out to a rear-naked choke in the second round.
Rafaello is married to Wanessa Carolina and has three children.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||15 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||15-6||Edson Barboza||TKO (leg kicks)||UFC 162||July 6, 2013||2||1:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15-5||Yoislandy Izquierdo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 148||July 7, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||14-5||Yves Edwards||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson||October 1, 2011||2||2:44||Washington, D.C, United States|
|Loss||14-4||Gleison Tibau||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||2||3:28||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14-3||Ryan Bixler||TKO (punches)||Recife Fighting Championship 4||March 31, 2011||2||0:21||Recife, Brazil|
|Win||13-3||Bendy Casimir||Decision (unanimous)||Recife Fighting Championship 3||December 2, 2010||3||5:00||Recife, Brazil|
|Win||12-3||Kevin Roddy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||DFL 1: The Big Bang||November 24, 2010||1||4:46||New Jersey, United States, United States|
|Win||11-3||Rafael Dias||Decision (unanimous)||Scorpius Fighting Championships 1||October 24, 2010||3||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Loss||10-3||Andre Winner||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||3||5:00||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||10-2||John Gunderson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 108||January 2, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||9-2||Nik Lentz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||9-1||John Mahlow||Decision (unanimous)||XFC 8: Regional Conflict||April 25, 2009||3||5:00||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||8-1||Beau King||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Colosseo Championship Fighting||March 6, 2009||1||1:34||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||7-1||Robert Thompson||Submission (triangle choke)||XFC 7: School of Hard Knox||February 20, 2009||1||4:50||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||6-1||Lyle Beerbohm||TKO (doctor stoppage)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||October 10, 2008||1||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||6-0||David Santiago||N/A||ROTR: Beatdown 6||February 16, 2008||N/A||N/A||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||5-0||Vitor Pimenta||TKO (punches)||Action Fight Championship||June 20, 2007||2||N/A||Pernambuco, Brazil|
|Win||4-0||Wigman Big Big||TKO (slam)||Rino's FC 2||June 8, 2006||1||N/A||Pernambuco, Brazil|
|Win||3-0||Fabio Fabio||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rino's FC 1||February 9, 2006||1||N/A||Pernambuco, Brazil|
|Win||2-0||Miro Arona||Decision (unanimous)||Pernambuco Extreme Fight||September 16, 2005||2||5:00||Pernambuco, Brazil|
|Win||1-0||Wigman Big Big||TKO (punches)||Arena Fight||December 9, 2004||2||N/A||Pernambuco, Brazil|
- "UFC 148 Media Notes". UFC. June 30, 2012.
- Dave Link, "Knoxville's Rafaello Oliveira Needs to Win to Maintain UFC Status," Knoxville News Sentinel, 5 July 2012. Retrieved: 5 July 2012.
- "UFC newcomer Nik Lentz replaces Dan Lauzon meets Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 103". mmajunkie.com. August 26, 2009.
- "UFC 108: Sean Sherk vs Rafael Oliveira on tap for Jan. 2". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
- "Sean Sherk promoted to "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" main card, faces Jim Miller". mmajunkie.com. December 11, 2009.
- "Oliveira Replaces Palaszewski, Faces Tibau at UFC 130". sherdog.com. May 19, 2011.
- "UFC on Versus 6 Lands Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira". MMAweekly.com. 2011-07-29.
- Cavian, Bobby (November 22, 2011). "Swedish MMA Star Reza Madadi debuts at UFC on FX 1 against Rafaello Oliveira". Studiomma.com. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- "Replacement Fabricio Camoes steps in to fight Reza Madadi at UFC on FX 1". MMAjunkie.com. December 27, 2011.
- "Rafaello Oliveira vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo added to UFC 148 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. May 28, 2012.
- Staff (August 30, 2012). "UFC on FOX 5 adds Mike Chiesa vs. Rafaello Oliveira". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- "Replacement Marcus LeVesseur meets Michael Chiesa at UFC on FOX 5". MMAjunkie.com. October 24, 2012.
- Staff (May 30, 2013). "John Makdessi out of UFC 162 and Edson Barboza now faces Rafaello Oliveira". themmareport.com. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "Rafaello Oliveira – Destiny Awaits". UFC.com. 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2010-04-12.