Following current DREAM run, Andre Galvao heading to Strikeforce
by John Morgan on Apr 10, 2009 at 8:50 am ET
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
). "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.