Marcos Galvão

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Marcos Galvão
Born (1982-06-23) June 23, 1982 (age 32)
Amazonas, Brazil
Other names Loro
Residence New York, New York, United States
Nationality Brazilian
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
Total 23
Wins 16
By knockout 4
By decision 12
Losses 6
By knockout 3
By decision 3
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 25, 2010

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.[1][2]


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.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


Galvao made his professional debut in 2003 for the Japanese Shooto organization, where he competed primarily, compiling a record of 6-1 before being signed by the WEC.


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[edit]

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[edit]

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 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.[4] In the semifinals, Galvão lost a very close fight against Cuban Alexis Vila at Bellator 55, losing by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30). Though Galvao lost the fight, he still received his win bonus.[5]

Galvão returned for the Bellator Season Six Bantamweight Tournament. He won his quarterfinal and semifinal fights against Ed West and Travis Marx respectively before reaching the finals. It was there that he scored a second round TKO against Luis Nogueira to win the tournament.

His next fight was against his good friend and teammate Eduardo Dantas for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship. He lost via knockout in the second round.

In his next bout for the promotion, Galvão faced Tom McKenna at Bellator 108. Galvão defeated McKenna in the second round due to strikes.[6]

Galvão then faced Thomas Vasquez at Bellator 118 on May 2, 2014. Galvão used takedowns and ground-and-pound to defeat Vasquez via unanimous decision.[7]


Upcoming MMA fight[edit]

Weight class Opponent Opponent's Record Event Date Notes
Bantamweight Marcos Galvão vs. Joe Warren (c) 12-3 Bellator 134 March 27, 2015 For the Bellator Bantamweight Championship[8]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.[9]


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