(Imagine a mugger trying to rob these three on their way home from the gym..)
According to the Wand Fight Team lightweight, he is waiting for word that he will be one of the hopefuls tagged to compete for the coveted six-figure contract next season and that the decision will likely hinge on how well the producers feel the 28-year-old Sao Paulo, Brazil native speaks and understands English.
"We went through a test, we’ve shown some of our Jiu-Jitsu skills, they raffled some guys, and you had to do the grappling with the guy. I did it with an American, it was quick, about one and a half minute. Then we started to do gauntlet and then there was an interview. If you passed one test, they’d give you another one. On my group there were 20 people, and there were only 5 left for the interview. I was one of them, I was interview and they’ve approved me, but maybe they like other guys better on the interview," Galvao says. "Now I don’t know if I made it or not. I’ll just have to wait for them to call me," he explains. "The interview is exactly about that, they want to know your English level. I speak English, I can get things, I can read, I understand what people say and I communicate well. They’ve approved me on the test and let’s see if they’ll let me get in there with my English level, but I can speak good English. There are guys there that can’t (laughs). I think I’m a purple belt on English, fourth grade on the purple belt (laughs)."
Many fans and reporters were surprised to hear that he was trying out for the Spike TV reality series as most assumed he had contractual obligations to Strikeforce, whom he has fought for three times this year, but Galvao says that isn’t the case.
"Man, actually, my managers Ed Soares and Joinha took care of [my release from Strikeforce]. I don’t know exactly if they wanted to keep me or not. But we’ve come to the conclusion it’d be best for me to try [to get on The Ultimate Fighter], since I’ve lost, it was my last fight on the contract… It wasn’t about the show, I had a five-fights contract with them. I’ve done two fights on Dream and three on Strikeforce, and they work together," he recalls. "It was my fifth fight, and I had to do these five fights until March of 2011, and when it ended, they called Ed and Joinha and asked them if they’d sign another contract because it was opened, I could go somewhere else. My managers decided to take me off Strikeforce and try to get to TUF’s house."
Galvao says he was unhappy with the organization of the California-based promotion and felt that judging by the experience of friends who fought for the Zuffa-owned promotion, like Anderson Silva and the Nogueira brothers, he would be better taken care of by the UFC, which is why he made the decision to try to get into the promotion by whatever means necessary.
"You have to prepare yourself for each opponent you have, and I’ve always done that. What happened was this: they’ve always called me at the last minute, about four weeks before the fights. The only fight I did train for, being aware about it with two months in advance, was my first fight, the others, against Macaco and this last one, they’ve warned me at the last minute, and I accepted it because when I left Dream to fight on Strikeforce there were eight months without fighting; they left me eight months doing nothing, and that disturbed my training because I thought I’d fight in September and I didn’t, and I’m a MMA fighter, I live from it…They came and said to me I’d only fight in December, so that changed my preparation a bit. The last fight I accepted because I didn’t know when I would fight again, so I preferred to fight. I’ve learned we have to know about the fights in advance, about eight weeks before it so that you can prepare yourself properly and also that you need some time off between the fights, it’s pretty important."
As for the attitude of many established fighters that having to go through being in the fish bowl of TUF for six weeks is beneath them, Galvao says he thinks the show will be a good short-term investment that could pay dividends in the long run.
"I think[the show] is pretty cool. It’s not just about being there, which is a good thing for itself, but UFC takes care of you. I think the first thing is that they take care of you, take good care, warn you in advance when you’ll fight… Actually, I’ll really know when I’m there. There are fighters I know that went there and still are there, like Koscheck, who started there and now will have the title shot against St. Pierre… Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans, who were champions. I think it’s about the growth, the living, and what is nice is that after you’ve been there, you’ll see how much you’ve grown. It’s a great thing, an incentive."