Writing out of the red corner from the Philippines, Rafael has been entrenched in the world of mixed martial arts for the past five years.
He kickstarted his journalistic career with Rappler.com and had continued covering the world's most violent sport for the newspaper Manila Bulletin. He joined Sportskeeda MMA in 2021 and has garnered over 9 million reads.
The combat journalist is also a television sports reporter for the Manila-based network PTV 4.
In his spare time, Rafael trains in boxing and has sparred with MMA pros Rabin Catalan and John Tirona (he obviously got obliterated).