June 23, 1982 |
|Residence||New York, New York, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
Featherweight (formerly)Bantamweight (2011-present)
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||New York, New York, United States|
|Team||Long Island MMA|
|Rank||Third degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Years active||2003 - Present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Marcos Galvão (born June 23, 1981) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently fighting as a Featherweight for Bellator Fighting Championships. Galvão peaked at a global ranking of #2 among Bantamweights in August 2007. His nickname "Loro" means "blonde" in Portuguese, due to the fact that he often dyes his hair this color.
Galavo was born in the Amazonas and raised in Manaus, Brazil. Galvao began practicing judo when he was 11 years old before transitioning into Brazilian jiu-jitsu shortly after, being trained under professor Nonato Machado until moving to Rio De Janeiro at the age of 13. It was in Rio De Janeiro where Galvão received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from Nova Uniao founder André Pederneiras. Galvao is a Grapplers Quest Pro Division Champion, five-time Brazilian National Champion and a two-time World Champion. Soon after receiving his black belt, Galvao began competing in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Galvão made his WEC and U.S. debut at WEC 31 against Brian Bowles. Galvão lost the fight via KO in the second round, and then took a fight outside of the WEC before returning to the promotion. He returned to suffer another KO loss, this time to Damacio Page at WEC 39.
Shooto Title Fight
Following a loss in his WEC debut to Bowles, Galvão returned to Japan to challenge the undefeated Shooto Bantamweight Champion Masakatsu Ueda. The fight ended in a draw, resulting in Ueda retaining the title.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Galvão was a part of the main event for Bellator 41 against Joe Warren, the Bellator Featherweight Champion. The fight was contested at a catchweight of 137 lbs. In the fight Galvão negated a majority of Warren's offense for the first two rounds by showing strong takedown defense, taking down Warren multiple times, taking Warren's back, and executing good knees from the clinch. In the third round he was taken down by Warren and controlled throughout the round. At the end of the fight, Bellator color commentator, Jimmy Smith, believed Galvão won the fight 29-28. Along with Smith, many top MMA sites, (MMAJunkie, Sherdog, MMAFighting, MMASpot), all believed that Galvão won the fight by 29-28. It was then announced that Warren had won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
During an MMAJunkie radio interview with Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, Rebney confirmed that Galvão will take part in the Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Five Bantamweight Tournament. Galvao fought former WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe in a quarterfinal match-up on September 24, 2011 and won via split decision.
Galvão won his next few fights against the likes of Ed West and Travis Marx before reaching the finals of the Bellator Season Six Bantamweight Tournament. It was there that he scored a second round TKO against Luis Nogueira to win the tournament.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||16 wins||6 losses|
|Win||16–6–1||Thomas Vasquez||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 118||May 2, 2014||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||15–6–1||Tom McKenna||TKO (strikes)||Bellator 108||November 15, 2013||1||4:29||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14–6–1||Shely Santana||TKO (punches)||Shooto Brazil: Manaus||June 28, 2013||2||2:00||Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil|
|Loss||13–6–1||Eduardo Dantas||KO (punches)||Bellator 89||February 14, 2013||2||3:01||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States||For Bellator Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||13–5–1||Luis Nogueira||TKO (elbows)||Bellator 73||August 24, 2012||2||4:20||Tunica, Mississippi, United States||Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Final|
|Win||12–5–1||Travis Marx||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 68||May 11, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||11–5–1||Ed West||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 65||April 13, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||10–5–1||Alexis Vila||Decision (split)||Bellator 55||October 22, 2011||3||5:00||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||10–4–1||Chase Beebe||Decision (split)||Bellator 51||September 24, 2011||3||5:00||Canton, Ohio, United States||Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||9–4–1||Joe Warren||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 41||April 16, 2011||3||5:00||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Catchweight of 137 lbs.|
|Win||9–3–1||Ryan Vaccaro||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Combat 33||December 3, 2010||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the vacant Ring of Combat Featherweight Championship|
|Win||8–3–1||Jacob Kirwan||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Combat 31||September 24, 2010||3||4:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7–3–1||David Derby||TKO (punches)||Washington Combat: Battle of the Legends||May 15, 2010||1||1:37||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||Bantamweight Debut|
|Loss||6–3–1||Damacio Page||KO (punches)||WEC 39||March 1, 2009||1||0:18||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Draw||6–2–1||Masakatsu Ueda||Draw||Shooto Tradition 3||September 28, 2008||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||For Shooto Featherweight (132 lbs.) Championship|
|Loss||6–2||Brian Bowles||KO (punch)||WEC 31||December 12, 2007||2||2:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–1||Kenji Osawa||Decision (majority)||Shooto: Back To Our Roots 3||May 18, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–1||Naoya Uematsu||Decision (unanimous)||Fury FC 1: Warlords Unleashed||September 27, 2006||3||5:00||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||4–1||Fredson Paixão||Decision (unanimous)||Jungle Fight 6||April 29, 2006||3||5:00||Manaus, Brazil|
|Loss||3–1||Akitoshi Hokazono||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 9/23 in Korakuen Hall||September 23, 2005||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Jin Akimoto||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 9/26 in Kourakuen Hall||September 26, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Shuichiro Katsumura||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto 2004: 1/24 in Korakuen Hall||January 24, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Masato Shiozawa||Decision (majority)||Shooto: 5/4 in Korakuen Hall||May 4, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
Galvão is married to his wife Paula. The couple currently reside in New York City where Galvão trains and teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu.