Marcos Galvão (born June 23, 1981) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of the Professional Fighters League. A professional competitor since 2003, Galvão peaked at a global ranking of No. 2 among Bantamweights in August 2007 and has also formerly competed for the WEC, Shooto, Jungle Fight, and Bellator, where he is the former Bantamweight World Champion. Galvao's nickname "Louro" means "blonde" in Portuguese, because he often dyes his hair this color.[1][2]

Marcos Galvão
BornMarcos Aurelio Galvão Pereira
(1982-06-23) June 23, 1982 (age 37)
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Other namesLôro
ResidenceLong Island City, New York, United States
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight145.5 lb (66.0 kg; 10.39 st)
Reach67 in (170 cm)
Fighting out ofQueens, New York, United States
TeamLong Island MMA
Church Street Boxing
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Pederneiras
Years active2003 - Present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision13
By knockout4
By decision7
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 25, 2010


Marcos Galvão was born and raised in the city of Manaus located in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. Marcos began practicing Judo when he was 11 years old before transitioning into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu shortly after, training under Master Nonato Machado until moving to Rio de Janeiro at the age of 13. It was in Rio de Janeiro where Lôro started training heavily in Mixed Martial Arts and where he received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the hands of Nova União founder André Pederneiras who would be his coach for the most part of his career. It was under Dedé's guidance that Lôro started making a mark in the sports lower ranks, earning a few very important titles in the blue, purple and brown belt divisions, including an impressive world title at brown belt at the age of 16, being one of the youngest competitors to ever win the competition at the brown belt level. In 2003 Marcos was awarded his black belt, and shortly after he started pursuing a career in mixed martial arts. After a good start fighting in organizations like Shooto and traveling to Japan where he amounted wins that carried him to the WEC (considered at the time, the prime organization for MMA lighter weight competitors), Galvão hit a rough slope, and lost two fights in a row at the WEC. That was when his good friend Vitor Ribeiro invited Galvão to come to New York and start training with him, Lôro gladly accepted the offer and moved to the United States, where he trained full-time at Long Island MMA and also Church Street Boxing Gym with striking coach Jason Strout. Lôro thrived in this new environment that coupled with his determination, and dedication to the sport, earned him a Bellator Bantamweight Tournament win, after a few Grappler's Quest and NAGA competitions and wins, plus wins in Washington Combat and the New Jersey based organization Ring of Combat, where he won the Featherweight championship title. After a few hurdles in his career, injuries, including facing-off against one of his teammates, and deciding to change teams due to training difficulties, Lôro defeated Joe Warren and earned the Bellator Bantamweight title.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit


Galvao made his professional debut in 2003 for the Japanese Shooto organization, where he competed primarily, compiling a record of 6-1 before being signed by the WEC.


Galvão made his WEC and U.S. debut at WEC 31 against Brian Bowles. Galvão lost the fight via KO in the second round, and then took a fight outside of the WEC before returning to the promotion. He returned to suffer another KO loss, this time to Damacio Page at WEC 39.

Shooto Title FightEdit

Following a loss in his WEC debut to Bowles, Galvão returned to Japan to challenge the undefeated Shooto Bantamweight Champion Masakatsu Ueda. The fight ended in a draw, resulting in Ueda retaining the title.

Bellator MMAEdit

Galvão was a part of the main event for Bellator 41 against Joe Warren, the Bellator Featherweight Champion. The fight was contested at a Catchweight of 137 lbs. In the fight Galvão negated a majority of Warren's offense for the first two rounds by showing strong takedown defense, taking down Warren multiple times, taking Warren's back, and executing good knees from the clinch. In the third round he was taken down by Warren and controlled throughout the round. At the end of the fight, Bellator color commentator, Jimmy Smith, believed Galvão won the fight 29-28. Along with Smith, many top MMA sites, (MMAJunkie, Sherdog, MMAFighting, MMASpot), all believed that Galvão won the fight by 29-28. It was then announced that Warren had won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

During an MMAJunkie radio interview with Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, Rebney confirmed that Galvão will take part in the Bellator Season Five Bantamweight Tournament. Galvao fought former WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe in a quarterfinal match-up on September 24, 2011 and won via split decision.[3] In the semifinals, Galvão lost a very close fight against Cuban Alexis Vila at Bellator 55, losing by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30). Though Galvao lost the fight, he still received his win bonus.

Galvão returned for the Bellator Season Six Bantamweight Tournament. He won his quarterfinal and semifinal fights against Ed West and Travis Marx respectively before reaching the finals. It was there that he scored a second round TKO against Luis Nogueira to win the tournament.

His next fight was against his good friend and teammate Eduardo Dantas for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship. He lost via knockout in the second round.

In his next bout for the promotion, Galvão faced Tom McKenna at Bellator 108. Galvão defeated McKenna in the second round due to strikes.[4]

Galvão then faced Thomas Vasquez at Bellator 118 on May 2, 2014. Galvão used takedowns and ground-and-pound to defeat Vasquez via unanimous decision.[5]

Galvão challenged Joe Warren for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship in a rematch on March 27, 2015 at Bellator 135.[6] He won the fight via verbal submission in the second round after Warren screamed out in pain causing the referee to stop the fight. This marked the first submission win of Galvão's career and avenged his previous loss to Warren.[7]

Galvão was scheduled to face former teammate Eduardo Dantas in a rematch for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship title at Bellator 150, but the match was scrapped following a last-minute illness suffered by Galvao.[8] Prior, the rematch was expected to take place at Bellator 144, however, this was cancelled, after an injury to Dantas.[9] The rematch eventually took place on June 17, 2016 at Bellator 156. Galvão lost the match by unanimous decision.[10]

Following the loss of his title, Galvão defeated L.C. Davis via split decision at Bellator 166 on December 2, 2016.[11]

Moving up to the featherweight division, Galvão faced Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 175 on March 31, 2017. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Again fighting at featherweight, Galvão returned at Bellator 189 on December 1, 2017 against UFC veteran, Sam Sicilia.[13] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Galvao's Bellator contract expired in February 2018 and he is now a free agent.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 18 wins 11 losses
By knockout 4 4
By submission 1 0
By decision 13 7
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–11–1 Max Coga TKO (punches) PFL 4 July 19, 2018 3 2:19 Uniondale, New York, United States
Loss 18–10–1 Nazareno Malegarie Decision (Unanimous) PFL 1 June 7, 2018 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 18–9–1 Sam Sicilia Decision (unanimous) Bellator 189 December 1, 2017 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 18–8–1 Emmanuel Sanchez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 175 March 31, 2017 3 5:00 Rosemont, Illinois, United States Return to Featherweight.
Win 18–7–1 LC Davis Decision (split) Bellator 166 December 2, 2016 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 17–7–1 Eduardo Dantas Decision (unanimous) Bellator 156 June 17, 2016 5 5:00 Fresno, California, United States Lost the Bellator Bantamweight World Championship.
Win 17–6–1 Joe Warren Verbal Submission (kneebar) Bellator 135 March 27, 2015 2 0:45 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Won the Bellator Bantamweight World Championship.
Win 16–6–1 Thomas Vasquez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 118 May 2, 2014 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–6–1 Tom McKenna TKO (punches) Bellator 108 November 15, 2013 1 4:29 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 14–6–1 Shely Santana TKO (punches) Shooto Brazil: Manaus June 28, 2013 2 2:00 Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Loss 13–6–1 Eduardo Dantas KO (punches) Bellator 89 February 14, 2013 2 3:01 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States For the Bellator Bantamweight World Championship.
Win 13–5–1 Luis Nogueira TKO (elbows) Bellator 73 August 24, 2012 2 4:20 Tunica, Mississippi, United States Won the Bellator Season Six Bantamweight Tournament.
Win 12–5–1 Travis Marx Decision (unanimous) Bellator 68 May 11, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Six Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 11–5–1 Ed West Decision (unanimous) Bellator 65 April 13, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Six Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 10–5–1 Alexis Vila Decision (split) Bellator 55 October 22, 2011 3 5:00 Yuma, Arizona, United States Bellator Season Five Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 10–4–1 Chase Beebe Decision (split) Bellator 51 September 24, 2011 3 5:00 Canton, Ohio, United States Bellator Season Five Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 9–4–1 Joe Warren Decision (unanimous) Bellator 41 April 16, 2011 3 5:00 Yuma, Arizona, United States Catchweight (137 lbs) bout.
Win 9–3–1 Ryan Vaccaro Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 33 December 3, 2010 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–3–1 Jacob Kirwan Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 31 September 24, 2010 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–3–1 David Derby TKO (punches) Washington Combat: Battle of the Legends May 15, 2010 1 1:37 Washington, District of Columbia, United States Bantamweight debut.
Loss 6–3–1 Damacio Page KO (punches) WEC 39 March 1, 2009 1 0:18 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Draw 6–2–1 Masakatsu Ueda Draw Shooto: Shooto Tradition 3 September 28, 2008 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan For the Shooto Featherweight (132 lbs.) Championship.
Loss 6–2 Brian Bowles KO (punch) WEC 31 December 12, 2007 2 2:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1 Kenji Osawa Decision (majority) Shooto: Back To Our Roots 3 May 18, 2007 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–1 Naoya Uematsu Decision (unanimous) Fury FC 1: Warlords Unleashed September 27, 2006 3 5:00 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 4–1 Fredson Paixão Decision (unanimous) Jungle Fight 6 April 29, 2006 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 3–1 Akitoshi Hokazono Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 9/23 in Korakuen Hall September 23, 2005 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 Jin Akimoto Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 9/26 in Kourakuen Hall September 26, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 Shuichiro Katsumura Decision (unanimous) Shooto 2004: 1/24 in Korakuen Hall January 24, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Masato Shiozawa Decision (majority) Shooto: 5/4 in Korakuen Hall May 4, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan


Galvão is married to his wife Paula. The couple currently reside in New York City where Galvão trains and teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[16]


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