#136 DeanBlundell.com Podcast with Bellator Middleweight Champion Rafael Lovato Jr.
Welcome to the 136th episode of the DeanBlundell.com Podcast with Graham Kritzer and our massive featured guest Rafael Lovato Jr the Middleweight Champion of Bellator. We begin with introducing our new hire Jason Gonsalves, a friend of Graham's. Graham trolled him and told him to show up in a full suit. We move onto our featured guest Rafael Lovato Jr. Rafael discusses why he came to Toronto, the discipline behind martial arts and Brazilian jujitsu, growing up in the fight game, defending his championship and starting mixed martial arts professionally late in his life. Rafael tells us how Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and the Gracies had a massive impact on his mixed martial arts career. Rafael trained with Chuck Norris’ trainer Carlos on the set of Walker Texas Ranger. We close the interview with talking about why Rafael started martial arts in the first place, fighting bringing people together, doing what you love, Cris Cyborg joining Bellator, Khabib Nurmagomedov and wrestling bears. We revisit our new hire, Jason. Dean vets Jason and sends him rapid-fire questions about religion, being arrested and assaulting a man. Enjoy!