“My Goal Is, of Course, to Become a ONE Championship Champion” – Andre Galvao Makes His Intentions Clear

Published 11/09/2021, 12:02 PM EST


ONE Championship’s latest signing, Andre Galvao, has wasted no time sharing what he hopes to achieve in the world’s largest martial arts organization. 

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The Brazilian athlete, who was officially announced as the promotion’s newest addition by ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong on his social media accounts yesterday, took to Instagram earlier today to share his number one goal on the global stage. 

“I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be fighting in ONE Championship. They are based in Singapore and Asia, so I’ll be in the whole of Asia competing,” the 39-year-old athlete said during the live stream.

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“My goal is, of course, to become a ONE Championship Champion. That’s my goal – I want to be a World Champion there. If there’s no challenge and no risk you take, there’s no way for you to grow in life. I believe that, and I always believe that we need to take risks in order to grow.”

On Monday night, Sityodtong offered the grappling sensation a warm welcome to ONE Championship on his Instagram and Facebook. “Please join me in welcoming Andre Galvao to ONE! A multiple-time World Champion, he is one of the greatest grapplers in history. His goal is to win world titles in both MMA and submission grappling in ONE,” the CEO wrote.

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Andre Galvao on his MMA comeback and ONE Championship debut

The athlete, who competed in mixed martial arts from 2008 to 2010, switched his focus to improving his grappling submission skills over the past decade and went on to win the IBJJF World Championships on five occasions.

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Though there hasn’t been any confirmation on the Brazilian star’s first appearance under the banner, he shed some light on this topic during his live session with the fans, teasing the audience that his debut could very well take place in the first quarter of 2022.

“I’m really motivated to fight MMA. I’m really really happy, and I just would like to show my jiu-jitsu, because when I first fought MMA, I didn’t have the wrestling that I have today. I didn’t have the no-gi game that I have today, or the knowledge that I have today,” the martial artist offered.

“I’ll be fighting next year, probably around February or March of next year. It will be my first fight coming back into MMA.”

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One potential opponent that could leave fans on the edge of their seats is a matchup against longtime foe and fellow grappling wizard Gordan “The King” Ryan. The two athletes have a longstanding rivalry and will face off at the 2022 ADCC World Championships scheduled for September 2022.

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC, and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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