Mica Galvao Puts on Best Performance to Date at BJJ Stars 8th Event

– Danny ODonnell

Mica Galvao def. Lucas Barbosa via submission. Photo: Milena Maldonado / VF Comunica

When BJJ Stars announced its 8th event to be held in Sao Paulo On April 30th, jiu-jitsu fans across the globe were anxious for the matches to be announced. The middleweight grand prix featured not only established black belt World champions, but also black belts of the new generation looking to take on additional challenges in their careers. The middleweight grand prix consisted of Leando Lo, Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa, Roberto Jimenez, Wallison Oliveira, Leonardo Lara, Pedro Machado, Mica Galvao, and Mauricio Oliveira.

Despite amazing performances from jiu-jitsu stars such as Beatriz Mesquita, Demian Maia, Fabricio Andrey, and Gutemberg Pereira, it was Fight Sports Brazil black belt Mica Galvao who stole the show. His first match was against seven time IBJJF World champion Leandro Lo.

In likely the most anticipated match of the night, Mica controlled the pace throughout. He attacked Lo from the closed guard, threatening sweeps and submissions and keeping him off balance. It was an arm lock attempt from the bottom that earned Mica an advantage and ultimately, the victory.

His second match was against Brazilian National champion Mauricio Oliveira. Mauricio pulled guard and swept Mica, but a subsequent injury while he was in top position forced him to concede the match due to injury. Mica would go on to face Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa in the final. Lucas, a two-time IBJJF black belt world champion, had beaten Roberto Jimenez and Leonardo Lara to advance to the final.

The match was mostly contested on the feet as both competitors attempted takedowns throughout. With about a minute left, Lucas attempted a throw that Mica was able to defend. He then grabbed Lucas’ leg and put him down to the mat, where Lucas ended up turning his back. Mica sunk in a match ending bow n’ arrow choke and put a stamp on the best performance of his black belt career.

Mica will compete next weekend at the IBJJF Brazilian Nationals, followed by the 2022 IBJJF World Championships. After the gi season he’ll be competing at the 2022 ADCC World Championships in September.Full results for BJJ Stars 8 can be found below:

Grand Prix Quarter-Finals:

Lucas Barbosa def. Roberto Jimenez via points (2-0)

Leonardo Lara def. Wallisson Oliveira via points (5-2)

Mica Galvao def. Leandro Lo via advantage (1-0)

Mauricio Oliveira def. Pedro Machada via decision

Grand Prix Semi-finals:

Lucas Barbosa def. Leonardo Lara via submission (armbar)

Mica Galvao def. Mauricio Oliveira via injury (knee)

Grand Prix Final:

Mica Galvao def. Lucas Barbosa via submission (choke from the back)

Super Fights:

Demian Maia def. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira via submission (triangle choke)

Felipe Pena def. Henrique Cardoso via penalties (2-0)

Gutemberg Pereira def. Fellipe Andrew via submission (guillotine)

Fabricio Andrey def. Alex Sodre via decision

Beatriz Mesquita def. Julia Boscher via submission (armbar)

Marcos Petcho def. Lucas Protasio via submission (guillotine)

Mariana Rolszt def. Thais Loureiro via submission (armbar)

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