Behind The Scenes – Kate Del Castillo Photo Shoot
April 18, 2019
Rafael got into MMA when he was 13 years old, when his father introduced him to the sport in order to keep him away from street trouble. The goal was for him to get a little “beat up” and get scared straight into a life without fighting. Well, the plan worked – in a way – as he stayed out of trouble, but fell in love with fighting. Prior to taking on the sport full time, Rafa delivered seeds to ranchers from 11am- 5pm, so he was forced to work his training around that.
6 of his 7 victories have come by way of submission. He was the winner of the first Combate Americas open try-outs of 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.
He is from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
Rafael is married but has no children and his family is very supportive of his combat sports career They are the driving factor for him every day to work harder and reach his potential. Outside of fighting himself, he trains other fighters and hopes to one day become a coach after his fighting career is done. He got his nickname from his dad who said a lot of people are talented but Rafael is “gifted.”
Rafa wrestled in both high school and college but knew the entire time he was going to pursue MMA after he was done with school. He finds inspiration from some of his teammates and trainers like Cub Swanson and Julio Cesar Chavez, and he hopes to one day leave his mark on the sport. That includes being recognized as a world champion which will reward everyone who ever believed in him.