Andre Galvao might challenge for a ONE Championship belt in his return to MMA.
The jiu jitsu champion made his promotion debut with Reinier de Ridder, two-division MMA champ. He won the bout 3-0.
Galvao took De Ridder’s back and got to the mount a couple of times, but couldn’t secure the finish. In the end, since points weren’t a factor, the match was ruled a draw.
The ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Titleholder requested a re-trial under MMA rules to one of his belts in his post-fight interview.
“I hang in there with him in his rules,” De Ridder said. You think that you could hang with me next time ?”
Galvao did not respond directly to the challenge during his post-fight interview, but said he joined ONE in order to fight in grappling as well as MMA. Galvao is also expected to face Gordon Ryan in the ADCC superfight later this year.
The Brazilian hasn’t competed in MMA since getting knocked out by future UFC champion Tyron Woodley in Strikeforce back in 2010, dropping his record to 5-2. The ADCC legend went 2-1 under the Strikeforce banner with wins over Jorge Patino and Luke Stewart.
Watch the De Ridder vs. Galvao highlights below and click here for complete ONE X results.