June 23, 1982 |
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
|Residence||Long Island City, New York, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay-Thai|
|Fighting out of||Queens, New York, United States|
|Team||Long Island MMA|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Pederneiras|
|Years active||2003 - Present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Marcos Galvão (born June 23, 1981) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and is the former Bellator Bantamweight Champion. A professional competitor since 2003, Galvão peaked at a global ranking of No. 2 among Bantamweights in August 2007 and has also formerly competed for the WEC, Shooto, and Jungle Fight. Galvao's nickname "Louro" means "blonde" in Portuguese, because he often dyes his hair this color.
Marcos Galvão was born and raised in the city of Manaus located in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. Marcos began practicing Judo when he was 11 years old before transitioning into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu shortly after, training under Master Nonato Machado until moving to Rio de Janeiro at the age of 13. It was in Rio de Janeiro where Lôro started training heavily in Mixed Martial Arts and where he received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the hands of Nova União founder André Pederneiras who would be his coach for the most part of his career. It was under Dedé's guidance that Lôro started making a mark in the sports lower ranks, earning a few very important titles in the blue, purple and brown belt divisions, including an impressive world title at brown belt at the age of 16, being one of the youngest competitors to ever win the competition at the brown belt level. In 2003 Marcos was awarded his black belt, and shortly after he started pursuing a career in mixed martial arts. After a good start fighting in organizations like Shooto and traveling to Japan where he amounted wins that carried him to the WEC (considered at the time, the prime organization for MMA lighter weight competitors), Galvão hit a rough slope, and lost two fights on a row at the WEC. That was when his good friend Vitor Ribeiro invited Galvão to come to New York and start training with him, Lôro gladly accepted the offer and moved to the United States, where he trained full-time. Lôro thrived in this new environment that coupled with his determination, and dedication to the sport, earned him a Bellator Bantamweight Tournament win, after a few Grappler Quest and NAGA competitions and wins, plus wins in Washington Combat and the New Jersey based organization Ring of Combat, where he won the Featherweight championship title. After a few hurdles in his career, injuries, including facing-off against one of his teammates, and deciding to change teams due to training difficulties, Lôro defeated Joe Warren and earned the Bellator Bantamweight title.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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.
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. 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.
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.
Galvão challenged Joe Warren for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship in a rematch on March 27, 2015 at Bellator 135. He won the fight via verbal submission in the second round after Warren screamed out in pain causing the referee to stop the fight. This marked the first submission win of Galvão's career and avenged his previous loss to Warren.
Galvão was originally scheduled to face former teammate Eduardo Dantas in a rematch for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship title at Bellator 150, but the match was scrapped following a last-minute illness suffered by Galvao. The rematch eventually took place on June 17, 2016 at Bellator 156. Galvão lost the match by unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator MMA
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||17 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||17–7–1||Eduardo Dantas||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 156||June 17, 2016||5||5:00||Fresno, California, United States||Lost Bellator Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||17–6–1||Joe Warren||Verbal Submission (kneebar)||Bellator 135||March 27, 2015||2||0:45||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Won Bellator Bantamweight Championship.|
|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 (punches)||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 Six 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 Six 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 Six 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 Five 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 Five 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 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: 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.
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