Rafael
Dias
13-6-1( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 3 fights.
Record: 13-6-1
Summary: ground game

Fighter Info

From: Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Age: 34
Height: 5' 9" ( 175 cm )
Weight: 145 lb ( 65 kg )

Media

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
155
28% Successful
43
Types of Successful Strikes
0
43
47% Standing
23%
30%
20
10
13
Striking Defense
61
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
17
47% Successful
8
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
3
9
0
Takedown Defense
100
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Loss
Diego Nunes
WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles
Aug 9, 2009
46 0 0 1 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Rafael Dias 18 2 0 0
Win
Rafael Dias
WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
Apr 5, 2009
15 5 3 9 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Mike Budnik 9 0 3 0
Loss
Danny Castillo
WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown
Nov 5, 2008
28 0 0 1 R2 KO/TKO
Rafael Dias 10 1 0 0

Biography

When and why did you start training for fighting? It was a natural progression from my jiu-jitsu training.

What ranks and titles have you held?
BJJ Black Belt

Do you have any heroes?
Jesus

What is your favorite technique?
Chokes

What does it mean for you to fight in the WEC?
It’s a great opportunity for me to show my skills against all these high level fighters.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
Yes, bachelor degree in law

What was your job before you started fighting?
Internship for law.

Most memorable professional fight? I think it was last year (in IFL) against Santino Defranco, who is a tough dude with good jiu-jitsu. I completely dominated the fight, tapping him out in 2 min in the first round.

What was your most challenging professional fight?
I think it was my first fight in WEC, but not because of who I was fighting but because I wasn`t training for a fight and 5 days before the fight, I got a call from my manager asking if I`d like to fight. Of course I accepted. 

Did you compete in any other sport at college or professional level?
When I was teenager I used to compete at bodyboard in Brazil. Then at 16 years old I starting training Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and I loved the sport, so I started training a lot, competing at all tournaments, and I got some good results like: State champion, World Championship runner-up, Brazilian Championship runner-up.

Who were your training partners for this fight?
  I’ve been training with my brothers from ATT. Mostly Fabio Melo, JZ Calvancante, Rafael Rebello, Jonatas Gurgel and WEC Champ Mike Thomas Brown.

Did you put more emphasis towards a fighting style or adjust your training to prepare for your opponent?
I try to adjust my training for each opponent. I’ve been working a lot on my Muay Thai with Katel, wrestling with Kami and jiu-jitsu with Parrumpa. We have a pretty good game plan for this fight.

What, other than WINNING, are you using for motivation for the fight?
I have a lot of respect for my opponent and the fact that he is undefeated has motivated me to train hard. I like tough fights and challenging myself and I look forward to challenging myself against Diego at WEC 42

What is your favorite thing about this sport?
This sport is my life. That`s what I love to do, and that`s how I pay my bills. So every time you do what you like, you do well!

How long do you see yourself staying in this sport?
As long as I am healthy, I will be fighting.

Career

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