Andre Galvao Picks Maia To Beat Woodley


Andre Galvao retired from MMA competition in 2010 after suffering a knockout loss to UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley at a Strikeforce event.

When it comes to the upcoming welterweight title fight between the champion and Demian Maia, the retired Galvao thinks it is going to be the fellow Brazilian who picks up the win.

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"Demian is a really intelligent guy, and Tyron Woodley is really strong,” Galvao told MMA Fighting. “(Woodley) is smart, too, and will obviously try everything he can to keep the fight standing against Demian. He will work on his takedown defense and against the fence a lot, for sure. But I think Demian is smarter and more experienced, and with great, well-timed takedowns. Demian deserves it and I will be cheering for him. Demian will submit him in the second round.”

Woodley is going to be making the third defense of his championship, while Maia is challenging for the welterweight gold for the first time in his career.

Even though Galvao has been retired for quite some time now, he could be lured back. 

"Only if I get a really good offer,” Galvao said.

UFC 214 takes place on Saturday, July 29 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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