After two wins on Strikeforce, André Galvão starts to dream higher on the American event. Chosen to confront the unbeaten Tyron Woodley, who have won most of his fights by submission, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt told TATAME he hopes for a busy fight on October 9, and that he prefers the ground game. “I think the opponents he had, at least most of them, came from Wrestling and didn’t know much about the ground game, but if he likes to play on the floor it’ll be a good thing for me too because it’s a place I really enjoy being. If God helps me, I’ll get a submission as quickly as I can”, affirmed Galvão, who told, on the below interview, his change for the United States, the possibility of fighting on World Pro 2011 and the trainings with the Nogueira brothers and Brandon Vera.
How are the expectations for your return to Strikeforce?
Everything’s fine, great actually… I’m training everyday on the gym of Brandon Vera. I’m moving for the United States and I’ll stay here for now, I build my own gym here too, so everything is going its own way. Now I’m closer to the event, so it’s easier for them to chose me to fight, because in Brazil they took too long to call me and I like to fight all the time, I want to fight any change I got. Thanks God this opportunity came so I could come here. I fought on August 21 against Macaco and I’ll fight on October 9, about a month and a half later, against Tyron Woodley, who is a tough opponent too, has a good Wrestling, but I’m ready to bring another win home.
Have you analyzed his game? He has many wins by submission, he’s an expert on the ground game…
I think the opponents he had, at least most of them, came from Wrestling and didn’t know much about the ground game, but if he likes to play on the floor it’ll be a good thing for me too because it’s a place I really enjoy being. If God helps me, I’ll get a submission as quickly as I can so the fight doesn’t go for the judges’ call. I’m ready to fight anywhere, in any situation… I’m prepared.
Are you training on Brandon Vera’s gym? I’ve heard you would give some classes on the Nogueira’s gym, is it right?
Yeah, in fact I just trained here on Rodrigo’s gym. I’m here with him, with Rogério, Junior dos Santos… Everybody’s here. The guys from Brandon’s gym came here today, it was a great training. Rodrigo’s gym is beautiful, 10 thousand square feet, a very nice gym, Rodrigo’s to be congratulated for his gym, I believe it’ll be a great success. I was talking with him about teaching Jiu-Jitsu here on his gym, but I’ve got my own gym now, which is close to his. I couldn’t say I’d teach here and completely leave my gym. I have my own business and he got it, Rodrigo is very sensible. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. He opened me the doors of the United States, just like he opened that same door to many others. I’d like to thank him, and God, for having put him in my life.
After training with many great names, here in Brazil, how do you see this opportunity of training with Rodrigo, Rogério and many others on the United States?
Man, I love training with Distak, Rogério. It makes me feel good when I train with them. I love training with (Rafael) Feijão, (Ronaldo) Jacaré, Anderson (Silva), like all these guys… But I have a family, my daughter is four now, I’m married, and when I was in Brazil I depended on the scholarship, so it’s more complicated because of sponsorship and those stuff… Here I got the chance of having my own business. I have my name here and I decided to come here. The doors are opened to me. I’ve spoken with Rogério, Distak, Feijão… It’s hard for them to move to the US, but I didn’t have a choice. He prepared me to be where I am and now I’ll stay here, I’ll take care of my things and it’ll all work out because I dedicate myself a lot. I want to be a winner, I want to be a champion.
Did you completely moved for the United States yet? Is your family there with you?
No, I’m still on the process. My family is there, I’m far from my family for over a month. I miss a lot my daughter and wife. Right after my fight, we’ll fix everything and they’ll come here, I’ll rent a place. If God helps me, next month they’ll be here.
Do you still consider competing on the mats? The award of next year’s edition of World Pro, with kimono and no-gi, will be of a million dollars…
Here in my school, Atos, in San Diego, I conquest about thirty something students in only three weeks, it’s growing, everyday comes a new student and my motivation is high when I train Jiu-Jitsu on the mats. If I can find a free space on my training schedule for these competitions, I’ll be there. That’s exactly why I came to MMA: because on Jiu-Jitsu I fought many times, fray myself too much and I wasn’t earning anything from it. Now, with championships like this, many people will fight again, but you have to be training. If I’m trained, I’ll be there for sure.