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Marcos Galvao: Loss to Eduardo Dantas taught me to forget emotions, listen to corner

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In his return to the cage after losing the Bellator bantamweight championship, Marcos Galvao uses the lessons learned in his toughest defeat.

“Loro” earned his first championship in more than a decade in the sport with an impressive second-round submission over Joe Warren in 2015, but saw his title go away in his first defense, versus Eduardo Dantas.

Dantas was a former teammate at Nova Uniao, and emotions were high the first time they fought, in 2013, when Galvao was the champion. They switched positions in the rematch, but “Dudu” was left victorious once again.

“What I learned the most with that loss is to listen to my corner and do what I know best,” Galvao told MMA Fighting. “I’m fighting MMA. I’m not fighting boxing or muay thai. Listen to my corner and do what they tell me. Fight better. Forget the emotion and fight for real.”

“It affected me, but that’s not an excuse,” he said of his relationship with Dantas. “He did what he had to do and beat me. There were two athletes in there, and he won. I was well prepared. That’s not an excuse. I didn’t fight what I trained. You learn a lot with the loss. I took one step behind to move straight forward now.”

Galvao’s first step back in the cage will be at Friday’s Bellator 166 in Thackerville, against L.C. Davis. Looking for his first win in almost 21 months, the Brazilian is confident on his ground game, but won’t shy away from a stand-up fight.

“He’s a striker, has a good boxing, and boxing, and is left-handed,” Galvao said of his opponent. “He did the last part of his camp at American Top Team and they know me well there. I don’t know if he will try to take me down or stand, but I will be ready wherever we go in there. My plan is to go in there and fight. Mixed martial arts. I have my plans A, B and C, and I don’t see anyone with a jiu-jitsu as good as mine in there.”

Fighting moments before Dantas vs. Warren, championship fight that headlines the event, Galvao expects to earn another shot at the gold with a win.

“I don’t see anyone besides me, ‘Dudu’, Warren, and now L.C. Davis,” said the Brazilian. “(Davis) is a veteran who fought all over the world. He fought at Sengoku, WEC, so I don’t see anyone who deserves it more than me after this fight.”

To make it even more special, “Loro” hopes to challenge for the belt in Bellator’s first show in New York. The Manaus-native, who lives and trains in New York City, wants to reclaim the title at Madison Square Garden.

“I thought Bellator would do an event in New York this year, but I can’t wait to fight here,” Galvao said. “I teach here and I would take a lot of people to the arena to watch me. It’s every athlete’s dream to fight at Madison Square Garden, and it would be special to win my title back there. That’s what I want the most.”