UFC Vegas 72’s Caio Borralho Really Wanted Headliner Spot

Caio Borralho vs. Armen Petrosyan, UFC Vegas 58
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 09: (R-L) Caio Borralho of Brazil punches Armen Petrosyan of Russia in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 09, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

When the news of Renato Moicano dropping out of the UFC Vegas 72 main event against Arman Tsarukyan, there were a lot of people panicked. Some scrambled to find Tsarukyan an opponent and some looked to see who would be the main event.

Count Caio Borralho in that second group, but one in that second group with an idea. He figured since he was already booked for the co-main event, the natural move would be to put him one slot higher.

“Yeah, brother, actually I was happy that I was going to be the main event. When I saw the Moicano injury, I was like, ‘man, we got to be the main event now!’,” Borralho said. “We kept waiting, me and my team.”

Although he and his team were waiting for an answer from the UFC brass, he already had the preparation done for the headliner. Just seeing who was in the main event to start, Borralho had already thought of this possibility.

“We were already doing five rounds anyways,” he shared. “When I saw the fight between Tsarukyan and Moicano and they put me in the co-main event – I talked to my coach and said, ‘let’s do five rounds.”

While ultimately the news came and it wasn’t what he was looking for, Borralho was quick to get over it. After all, he is again in a high profile spot for the UFC yet again – and that’s a position he has become very familiar with.

“When I saw the news that got Song Yadong and Rick Simon from the other event, I was so frustrated,” Borralho said. “But it is what it is. I’m going to be the co-main again. It’s my fourth fight and third co-main event. You do see many fighters do it like this, so I’m happy anyways.”

That third co-main event slot will come this weekend against Michal Oleksiejczuk. It’ll serve as the co-main event of UFC Vegas 72 on ESPN+ this Saturday. The main card will start at 7pm EST.

You can hear the entire audio of this interview at 1:22.