Rafaello Oliveira

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Rafaello Oliveira
Rafaello Oliveira.jpg
Oliveira in 2009
Born Rafaello Oliveira Ferreira
(1982-01-26) January 26, 1982 (age 36)
Recife, Brazil[1]
Other names Tractor
Residence Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 71.5 in (182 cm)
Style Krav Maga, BJJ,
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Charleston Krav Maga & MMA

AMA Fight Club
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2004–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 17
By knockout 4
By submission 5
By decision 6
Unknown 2
Losses 8
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rafaello Oliveira Ferreira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁafaˈɛlu oliˈvejɾɐ]; born January 26, 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who formerly competed in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Rafaello took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 16,[2] 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.[2] In 2012 he moved to Charleston, SC where he now teaches at Charleston Krav Maga & MMA.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] However, after an injury to Tyson Griffin, Sherk stepped up to face Jim Miller, leaving Oliveira to face John Gunderson.[5] 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 re-signed by the UFC and faced Gleison Tibau on May 28, 2011, at UFC 130, replacing an injured Bart Palaszewski.[6] Oliveira was submitted for the second time in his professional career, tapping out to a rear-naked choke in the second round.

Oliveira faced Yves Edwards on October 1, 2011, at UFC on Versus 6.[7] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Oliveira was expected to face Reza Madadi on January 20, 2012, at UFC on FX 1.[8] However, Oliveira was forced out of a bout with an injury and replaced by returning veteran Fabrício Camões.[9]

Oliveira faced Yoislandy Izquierdo on July 7, 2012, at UFC 148.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Oliveira was expected to face Michael Chiesa on December 8, 2012, at UFC on Fox 5.[11] However, Oliveira was forced out of the bout with a broken hand and replaced by Marcus LeVesseur.[12]

Oliveira faced Edson Barboza at UFC 162,[13] and lost the bout due to leg kicks in the second round.

Oliveira faced Erik Koch on February 22, 2014, at UFC 170.[14] He lost the fight by TKO in the first round after he was knocked down by a counter straight right hook, and was subsequently released from UFC shortly after.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Rafaello is married to Wanessa Carolina and has three children.[16]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–8 Erik Koch TKO (punches) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 1 1:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 17–7 Edson Barboza TKO (leg kicks) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 2 1:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–6 Yoislandy Izquierdo Decision (unanimous) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–6 Yves Edwards TKO (head kick and punches) UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson October 1, 2011 2 2:44 Washington, D.C, United States
Loss 16–5 Gleison Tibau Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 130 May 28, 2011 2 3:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–4 Ryan Bixler TKO (punches) Recife Fighting Championship 4 March 31, 2011 2 0:21 Recife, Brazil
Win 15–4 Bendy Casimir Decision (unanimous) Recife Fighting Championship 3 December 2, 2010 3 5:00 Recife, Brazil
Win 14–4 Kevin Roddy Submission (rear-naked choke) DFL 1: The Big Bang November 24, 2010 1 4:46 New Jersey, United States, United States
Win 13–4 Rafael Dias Decision (unanimous) Scorpius Fighting Championships 1 October 24, 2010 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 12–4 Andre Winner Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi March 31, 2010 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 12–3 John Gunderson Decision (unanimous) UFC 108 January 2, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 Nik Lentz Decision (unanimous) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 11–2 John Mahlow Decision (unanimous) XFC 8: Regional Conflict April 25, 2009 3 5:00 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win 10–2 Beau King Submission (rear-naked choke) Colosseo Championship Fighting March 6, 2009 1 1:34 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 9–2 Robert Thompson Submission (triangle choke) XFC 7: School of Hard Knox February 20, 2009 1 4:50 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 8–2 Lyle Beerbohm TKO (doctor stoppage) ShoXC 9 October 10, 2008 1 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 8–1 David Santiago N/A ROTR: Beatdown 6 February 16, 2008 N/A N/A Hawaii, United States
Win 7–1 Edilson Florencio Submission (triangle choke) MZI - Combat 2 November 24, 2007 N/A N/A Caico, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Win 6–1 Vitor Pimenta TKO (punches) Action Fight Championship June 20, 2007 2 N/A Pernambuco, Brazil
Win 5–1 Weguimar de Lucena Xavier TKO (slam) Rino's FC 2 June 8, 2006 1 N/A Pernambuco, Brazil
Win 4–1 Fabio Santana Toldo Submission (rear-naked choke) Rino's FC 1 February 9, 2006 1 N/A Pernambuco, Brazil
Win 3–1 Miro Arona Decision (unanimous) Pernambuco Extreme Fight September 16, 2005 2 5:00 Pernambuco, Brazil
Loss 2–1 Jorge Rodrigues Silva Submission (keylock) Pernambuco Extreme Fight September 16, 2005 1 N/A Pernambuco, Brazil
Win 2–0 Unknown Fighter N/A Pernambuco Extreme Fight June 16, 2005 N/A N/A Pernambuco, Brazil
Win 1–0 Weguimar de Lucena Xavier TKO (punches) Arena Fight December 9, 2004 2 N/A Pernambuco, Brazil


  1. ^ "UFC 148 Media Notes". UFC. June 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Dave Link, "Knoxville's Rafaello Oliveira Needs to Win to Maintain UFC Status," Knoxville News Sentinel, 5 July 2012. Retrieved: 5 July 2012.
  3. ^ "UFC newcomer Nik Lentz replaces Dan Lauzon meets Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 103". mmajunkie.com. August 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "UFC 108: Sean Sherk vs Rafael Oliveira on tap for Jan. 2". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Sean Sherk promoted to "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" main card, faces Jim Miller". mmajunkie.com. December 11, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Oliveira Replaces Palaszewski, Faces Tibau at UFC 130". sherdog.com. May 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "UFC on Versus 6 Lands Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira". MMAweekly.com. 2011-07-29. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Replacement Fabricio Camoes steps in to fight Reza Madadi at UFC on FX 1". MMAjunkie.com. December 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Rafaello Oliveira vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo added to UFC 148 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. May 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff (August 30, 2012). "UFC on FOX 5 adds Mike Chiesa vs. Rafaello Oliveira". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Replacement Marcus LeVesseur meets Michael Chiesa at UFC on FOX 5". MMAjunkie.com. October 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ Staff (May 30, 2013). "John Makdessi out of UFC 162 and Edson Barboza now faces Rafaello Oliveira". themmareport.com. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-01-04). "Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira booked for UFC 170 in Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  15. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-04-16). "Ronny Markes, Rafaello Oliveira, and Thiago Perpetuo are released by UFC". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  16. ^ "Rafaello Oliveira – Destiny Awaits". UFC.com. 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 

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