Seven-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion and current DREAM welterweight grand prix participant Andre Galvao (3-0) will soon ply his trade under the Strikeforce banner.
Galvao's manager, Ed Soares, announced his client's status in a recent press release.
"Andre is currently signed to both Strikeforce and DREAM," Soares stated. "Strikeforce let Andre go and fight in the DREAM tournament, but he has a contract already in place with Strikeforce."
Galvao defeated 11-year-veteran John Alessio (24-13) at Sunday's DREAM.8 in a welterweight grand prix opening-round bout. The 26-year-old submitted Alessio at the 7:34 mark of the first round.
The win was Galvao's third – all by arm bar – since making his MMA debut in August 2008.
Unquestionably talented on the ground, Galvao said he is working on becoming a complete mixed martial artist.
"I'm very excited to evolve in the striking game," Galvao told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It's getting better and better each day. My focus is to become the most complete fighter I can.
"If the opportunity presents itself for me to knock somebody out with a knee or with a strike, I'm going to jump on that. I just want to have as many tools as I can and be as complete of a fighter as I can. That way no matter what position I'm put in, I can win the fight, whether it be by knockout or submission."
Soares told MMAjunkie.com Galvao has made a steady improvement since his April debut.
"I was really impressed at the progression that Andre has made in just six months since his first MMA fight," Soares said. "He's obviously very dedicated and very focused on getting better. He's put a lot of time into his footwork in the ring, as well as improving and utilizing his stand-up skills. I definitely saw a huge difference from his fight a few months ago."
A Brazilian native, Galvao is currently training at the new Black House training facility in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old will be working with Anderson Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, among others, for his July 20 semi-final bout at DREAM.10.
Galvao is a serious prospect with huge potential that needs to be watched, as Suvaco and others have been talking about for awhile now, as he continues to develop. He only started fighting in MMA a year ago but his great background in BJJ is obviously his biggest strength but his stand-up is developing nicely and you can see the difference from his second fight to his third.
2nd MMA fight:
And his 3rd MMA fight when he took on John Alessio at DREAM 8:
U.S. fans will also be happy to note that Galvao will be looking to bring his submission-saavy game to Strikeforce following his run in the DREAM welterweight grand prix.
Soares explained that his client is looking forward to fighting for the rapidly expanding California-based brand, which on Saturday will hold its first event since the acquisition of many key ProElite contracts.
“Andre is currently signed to both Strikeforce and DREAM,” Soares said. “Strikeforce let Andre go and fight in the DREAM tournament, but he has a contract already signed with Strikeforce.
“He’s very excited about fighting for Strikeforce, but thankful that Strikeforce was kind enough to loan him to DREAM for its welterweight grand prix.”
Galvao is currently working on obtaining a Green Card that would allow him to relocate to the U.S. full-time. Galvao hopes to then use his time in Strikeforce to prove the value of his world-class jiu-jitsu to U.S. fans.
“Sometimes the U.S. fans prefer the knockouts, but that’s one of my goals in MMA: I want to show my worth in jiu-jitsu and how effective it is in MMA,” Galvao said. “A lot of people think that jiu-jitsu is boring, and I want to show that I can finish fights in a very exciting fashion using my jiu-jitsu.”
Strikeforce is building very fast. The WW division in Strikeforce needs talent right now, and this is a great addition to the roster.
I see a matchup against Nick "The Goat" Thompson in the near future.
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