Following an impressive Bellator debut performance against Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren, former World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Marcos “Loro” Galvao (pictured above) has agreed to a long term contract with Bellator and will compete in the promotions upcoming Bantamweight Tournament, with the winner of the eight-man competition earning a title shot against reigning Bellator Bantamweight World Champion Zack “Fun Size” Makovsky. Also announced to their middleweight roster was fast rising Brazilian Vitor Vianna.
Training out of Team Nova Uniao alongside Bellator featherweight Marlon Sandro and UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, Galvao took on Bellator Featherweight World Champion Joe Warren in a non-title Super Fight at Bellator 41. After three grueling rounds that saw Galvao push “The Baddest Man on the Planet” to the brink, the judges awarded Warren the victory, but even with the defeat, it was clear Galvao had a future with Bellator. Warren also has plans on entering the Bantamweight Tournament, so a rematch with Galvao certainly isn’t out of the question.
Born in Brazil, Vianna (11-1-1) began his jiu-jitsu training at 15, and since then has become a 2X World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, 6X National Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s those accomplishments that led former PRIDE Champion and current UFC middleweight Wanderlei Silva to enlist Vianna as the Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor at Wand Fight Team in Las Vegas.
“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.” When asked about Vianna, Rebney added, “We constantly strive to sign the world’s best possible talent for Bellator, and Vitor certainly fits that bill… We’ve been working to bring Vitor to Bellator for quite a while, and as a fan and as Bellator’s CEO I am very excited to see him step into the Bellator cage for us this summer.”