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Legacy FC signs jiu-jitsu stars Rafael Lovato Jr. and Justin Rader

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Legacy Fighting Championship added a pair of jiu-jitsu experts to the September card in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Scheduled for September 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Legacy FC 35 will feature the promotional debut of grappling wizards Rafael Lovato Jr. and Justin Rader, Legacy FC promoter Mick Maynard told

No opponents for Lovato and Rader have been announced yet.

Lovato makes his MMA debut in the middleweight division after a successful career in jiu-jitsu, becoming the second non-Brazilian to win a world title in the black belt after B.J. Penn.

Rader, a black belt under Lovato, is 2-0 in MMA with a pair of finishes over Craig Campbell and Andrew Lockett. The grappling wizard will compete in the featherweight division, but could move down to 135 pounds for his next fights.

Legacy FC 35 will be headlined by a title fight between 205-pound champion Myron Dennis and undefeated judo and BJJ specialist Leonardo Leite.

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