Having his opponent changed at the last minute, André Galvão got the news that on the last edition of Strikeforce, which happened last Saturday (21) he would confront Jorge Patino “Macaco”, a veteran on the Brazilian rings. “I’ve always liked to watch Macaco fighting and his controversy manners”, tells Galvão, who won by TKO on the third round. “This win will bring me many good things. Now I just need to wait for the harvest time”, celebrates. On an exclusive interview given to TATAME, the black belt commented the duel and spoke about the success of X-Gym Team, which conquest two belts on the event with Ronaldo Jacaré and Rafael Feijão. “On my fight there was overcoming, on Jacaré’s, focus and good shape, and on Feijão’s a technical and tactical superiority above the normal lines. All the team is to be congratulates”, celebrates, on the exclusive chat which you check here below.
How was this win on Strikeforce?
It was great since all wins are great (laughs). I think it was a good fight for me. Macaco is an old tough guy, I watched him fighting while I was growing up. To tell you the truth, he’s a legend on Brazilian MMA, in my opinion. I’ve always likes Macaco fighting and his controversy manners. This win will bring me many good things. Now I just need to wait for the harvest time.
Five days before the event they changed your opponent. What did you changed in order to fight Macaco?
Actually, I had already trained, so I couldn’t change anything. I did what I had been doing on the trainings and it was the same thing I’d do with Nate Moore. Thanks God I was well prepared. The only thing that changed was the preparation for the fight, because all fighters know it’s a hard part of the process. Especially when they change your opponent at the last minute, putting you to confront a guy of the Macaco’s caliber.
After the event, did the organizers say anything about a belt dispute on the middleweight division? Do you believe you are close to get this chance?
Yes. Joinha told me they’ve said something about it, but we’re just chatting for now. I know that, with my hard trainings and my dedication, this time will come sooner or later. I’m in no hurry. God will give me the chance when I’m ready, the time will come according to His wish.
How did you feel winning and watch Jacaré and Feijão winning belts?
Man, it was great. My fight was a very important one for the team, because I’d start that night proving the world we deserved to be there on that night. It was remarkable, for sure. Jacaré did a good job, winning calmly, and Feijão locked it all with a golden key. On my fight there was overcoming, on Jacaré’s, focus and good shape, and on Feijão’s a technical and tactical superiority above the normal lines. All the team is to be congratulates, everything worked and God was there with us at all times.
X-Gym has three belts now (Jacaré, Feijão and Anderson)… Does that make you the better team in Brazil?
That’s the result of many years of hard work. Anderson’s been doing it for a while, Feijão is on the business for six years and Jacaré 7. I believe that things come right on time, everything happens when they should, and thanks God we’re having a great moment for our team. I believe that the abilities of each athlete and coach make the difference. We depend on each other. There’s no gain with no fight or sacrifice. Things are great between us, he have a loto f fun together and we’re sticking to each other more and more.
When will you fight again? Who might be your next opponent?
I don’t know when I’ll fight again, but I hope it happens as soon as possible, because I love it and I want to keep improving. God is on control of everything in my life. I know that on the right time I’ll be ready again. You’ll se me fight again soon, but I still don’t know whom I’ll fight with.