LFA 50: Get to know unbeaten Brazilian heavyweight Raphael Pessoa

Ahead of his first fight outside his native Brazil, get to know LFA 50 heavyweight Raphael Pessoa. Pessoa (8-0) takes on Brian Heden (31-16) in the LFA 50 co-main event Friday at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn. The main card airs on AXS TV.

Full name: Raphael Pessoa Nunes

DOB: March 9, 1989

Birthplace/Home: Rio de Janeiro/Rio de Janeiro

Record: 8-0 (Five knockout/TKOs, one submission, two decisions)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4/265

Nickname: Bebezao (“big baby” in Portuguese). “It’s a nickname that comes from jiu-jitsu. That’s where I got my start. And because of my playful, boyish nature, people started calling me Bebezao.”

Teams: RD Champions and Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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