A week from tonight, Bellator bantamweight Marcos Galvao will look cap off an impressive run in the promotion by beating champion Eduardo Dantas in the main event of Bellator 89. Galvao earned his shot by running the table in the division’s Season 6 tournament, seeing the opportunity to obtain divisional gold postponed after Dantas suffered a defeat outside of the organization.
With his title-fight finally on the cusp of unfolding, Galvao took some time to talk with Fightline about the tilt including the interesting dynamic injected into the equation based on the competitors’ time together as members of the Nova Uniao gym in Brazil. While it might appear Galvao could have some reservations about taking on a teammate, the seasoned grappler has a score to settle with the 24-year old.
“If I was in Dantas’ position I wouldn’t have taken this fight. But since Dantas took this fight, I feel it was a bit disrespectful so I’m even more focused on winning,” explained Galvao through a translator, saying the word “bitter” won’t be attached to “sweet” when describing the sensation of defeating Dantas for the belt. “He’s just another opponent.”
“It’s hard not to be motivated,” Galvao continued. “A title-bout was supposed to happen last year but I was basically robbed of a couple of decisions. I was expected to fight for the belt before, when Zach Makovsky had the championship, so now I feel my career is starting new. This is the beginning of my career.”
Galvao lost a controversial Split Decision to Alexis Vila in a Season 5 semifinal, reminding many fans of the equally questionable outpointing “Loro” suffered to Joe Warren a few fights prior. While neither outcome sits well with Galvao, he made it clear he has no interest in either as an adversary at the moment, opting to look at the future than revisit the past.
“No, not right now. He’s not a higher ranking right now,” said Galvao of Warren in particular. “I’ve shown I can already defeat him so I want to fight the guys at the top right now.”
With one more win, Galvao will find himself above all others at 135 pounds on the Bellator roster. It’s a moment he’s anxiously awaiting, sending a message to his doubters after thanking the people who have helped him achieve his current success.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me – Alliance Sports Reps, Onnit, Gamma Labs, Jersey Pump, Future Legend was huge for me, the government of Manaus has helped sponsor me,” said Galvao, making sure to add, “And I’m ready to shock fans who didn’t believe I could get here.”