Ring of Combat featherweight champion Marcos Galvao has agreed to a long term contract with Bellator fighting championships, according to the promotion.
Galvao is coming off of a heavily questioned unanimous decision loss to current Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren at Bellator 41 in Yuma, Ariz. Despite the loss, the performance was strong enough that the promotion wanted Galvao in the fold.
He will drop down a weight class and compete in the promotion’s upcoming Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament, the winner of which will earn a title shot against reigning Bellator champion Zack Makovsky.
Training out of Team Nova Uniao alongside Bellator featherweight Marlon Sandro and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, Galvao took Warren to the limit, but the judges awarded Warren the victory.
“After going blow for blow with our featherweight champion Joe Warren, there was really no doubt we wanted Galvao back with Bellator,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “In Bellator, fighters control their own destiny, and after the performance Marcos put on at Bellator 41, he definitely earned a spot in our bantamweight tournament.”
Warren also has plans on entering the bantamweight tournament, so a rematch with Galvao certainly isn’t out of the question.
“I definitely don’t believe I lost my fight with Joe Warren,” said a confident Galvao. “I want a rematch just in case there was doubt in the first fight. I’ll clear up those doubts the second time around.”
MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that Warren will not be vacating his featherweight title to enter the tournament. So if he makes his way through the tournament, he could challenge Makovsky for the bantamweight belt and become the first Bellator champion to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously.
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