Caio Borralho has been featured as the co-headliner in every non-pay-per-view UFC event he has participated in since joining the promotion in April 2022. This Saturday at UFC Vegas 72, he will once again be in the penultimate fight, facing off against Michal Oleksiejczuk.
Having maintained an unbeaten record in six octagon appearances, including two victories on Dana White’s Contender Series, Borralho believes that his placement near the top of the Fight Night cards demonstrates the UFC’s recognition of his exceptional potential as a 30-year-old middleweight prospect.
According to Borralho, UFC Vegas 72 marks the beginning of his new contract with the organization, and he is “super excited” to kick it off on a positive note in Las Vegas after securing victories against Gadzhi Omargadzhiev, Armen Petrosyan, and Makhmud Muradov in his initial three UFC bouts.
Borralho reminisced about his prior encounter with Oleksiejczuk in Las Vegas, where they even shared a sauna session before Oleksiejczuk’s win over Sam Alvey in August 2022. Borralho described the meeting as amicable, in stark contrast to his previous experiences with Russian opponents, where he learned to speak Russian in order to engage in trash-talking during face-offs.
While Borralho remains focused on getting his hand raised at the UFC APEX this Saturday, he already has his sights set on his next call-out should he emerge victorious Kelvin Gastelum. Gastelum recently secured a decision win over Chris Curtis but has expressed interest in dropping down to welterweight.
Borralho believes that a fight against Gastelum would be compelling, stating, “It would be a great challenge to send a message to the division. I believe I have been sending strong messages, and most of the middleweights already fear my grappling skills. It would be an intriguing clash of southpaws. I have a great chance of defeating him, but for now, my focus is solely on Michal. My next step is to defeat this tough Polish opponent and deliver a dominant performance, whether it’s a submission, knockout, or a decision. The most important thing is to add another victory to my Tapology record and continue my journey.”