Las Vegas, NV — Perhaps there’s a lesson in the success of Dana White’s Contender Series winner Caio Borralho, who picked up UFC win number two in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 58 on Saturday.
The lesson? Don’t pick on that nerdy kid in school — he may turn out to be a pro fighter and kick your ass later in life.
Off the back of a decision win over Armen Petrosyan in Las Vegas, Borralho (12-1, 1NC) was riding high.
“I got the job done. That’s what matters, you know? As I said to you guys, that’s my fourth fight in ten months, man. And my fourth fight at a high level, and my fourth dominant win,” Borralho told media outlets including Cageside Press, back stage at the UFC Apex. “I feel blessed to have all these guys around me. The champions were here, like Daico [Deiveson Figueiredo] and Charles Do Bronx [Charles Oliveira]. They were here cheering for me, so I feel blessed.”
“I’m happy with my performance. I did what I needed to do, I got the job done. As I said to you guys, I’m a fighting nerd,” Borralho continued. “And I will calculate everything and do what I need to do to win the fight. I’m not just going to brawl or be a dumb fighter. No, I’m a fighting nerd, and it’s bully payback time.”
Next up on his list, Borralho has set his sights on South Africa’s Dricus Du Plessis, a former KSW champion. While he has nothing against Du Plessis, the pair were vying for the same fight at one point.
“It’s a funny story actually, because he had one fight, previous fight against Markus Maluko [Perez] and the fight was almost off,” recalled Borralho. “I told my manager to put me in, he tried it, but they got Dricus Du Plessis to do the fight. He did what he needed to do.”
Du Plessis wound up winning the fight against Perez, which was the South African’s UFC debut. Borralho believes he has what it takes to beat De Plessis, who has lost just twice as a pro.
“I don’t have anything against the guy, but I know that I can beat him. He’s in the rankings right now, and I want him.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 58 post-fight press appearance from Rafael Fiziev above. More coverage from the event can be found below.