Rafael Lopes Pinto: Bio

Muay Thai Phuket South Thailand Champion

Muay Thai Phuket South Thailand Champion

Rafael ‘Negao’ Lopes Pinto is a 29-year-old professional Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts fighter based out of Phuket, Thailand. Lopes is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil and fights out of Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand.

Having amassed a professional Muay Thai record of 20-5 South Thailand Champion, Lopes is known in Thailand as a brutal fighter with sharp technique and quick reflexes. He has taken on far more experienced fighters, some with over 300 fights under the belts, and gone the distance with the best of them. As a Brazilian in Thailand, Lopes has had to adapt to not only the cultural but also language barrier as well. He quickly learned english through his training partners and students, then started learning Thai to speak with his own Muay Thai trainers.

The Brazilian is also a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Lattuf Caldeira in Brazil, having been a 3 x State BJJ Champion, 2 x Regional Bjj Champion, 3 x Multi Regional Bjj Champion in Pernambuco, Brazil. As a teacher of BJJ and a lifelong disciple of the sport, he is quickly gaining recognition for his bruising style and uses techniques he learned from people he has trained with around the world.

In MMA, Lopes holds an unbeaten record of 4-0. He won his first fight via TKO after leaving his opponent bloody from the ground and pound. He has competed around the world, notably in Brazilian-based promotion Vale Tudo where he made his debut in 2006. He has also fought in China with an eye to compete in the near-future. I am not too concerned where my fight career is heading.

“I just have to put my head down and train hard. The fights will come and if they lead me somewhere I will be happy.”