Andre Galvao has now started to hint at a return to professional MMA competition, over ten years after he last fought in the sport. Originally Galvao had a total of seven fights across a period of a little over two years, competing in a number of high-profile but now defunct promotions. He was already a three-time IBJJF World Champion by the time he made his debut in MMA and quickly racked up two submission victories before getting called up to compete in the DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix.
Galvao made it through the first round with another submission win before losing a split decision to Jason High and making the move to Strikeforce shortly after. He won another two fights before fighting the then-undefeated Tyron Woodley and losing by knockout in the first round. This proved to be the final fight of Galvao’s career at the time and one of many wins that led to Woodley eventually becoming the UFC Welterweight champion later in his career.
In the ten year period that has passed since then, Andre Galvao became the BJJ legend we all know now by winning three more IBJJF World Championships, his ADCC double championship run and the four superfight championships that followed. Now fans are most looking forward to the potential match that will be the latest defense of his superfight championship against Gordon Ryan in 2021. Now it seems like 2021 might be an even bigger year for him if Galvao makes his comeback at the same time, especially considering his protege Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa recently revealed that he too, will be competing in MMA then.
Andre Galvao made the announcement of his return to MMA in a semi-cryptic post on his official Instagram account: