In the world of mixed martial arts, few fighters capture the imagination quite like Caio "Bigfoot" Machado, a recently signed Mutant athlete. Hailing from Presidente Prudente, Sao Paulo, Brazil, this towering athlete stands at an impressive 6'4" (193cm) with a wingspan that stretches to a remarkable 78.0" (198cm), but it's not just his physical attributes that set him apart; Caio's skill, determination, and unwavering drive to succeed have earned him the title of the undisputed 1st ranked powerhouse among Canada's Pro Heavyweights.
Caio fights out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he trains at the renowned Franco Kickboxing Pankration. This world-class gym has nurtured some of the greatest fighters in the sport, and it's no surprise that Caio has flourished under their guidance. With his impressive record and undeniable talent, he has become a force to be reckoned with in the MMA community.
Caio's journey to the top of the MMA world started in the Battlefield Fight League (BFL), where he made a name for himself with a remarkable 7-1-1 Pro MMA record (Win-Loss-Draw). Competing in British Columbia's Premier Mixed Martial Arts Organization, Caio showcased his skills and proved that he was a force to be reckoned with. His victories came through a combination of sweat, iron, and grit, as he pushed himself to the limits in pursuit of greatness.
It was on August 8th, 2023, however, that Caio took on his biggest event yet – the Dana White Contender Series Season 7 Episode 1 / Week 1. This was the event that could (and would) earn him a coveted UFC contract. Standing in his way? The Polish powerhouse Kevin Szaflarski, a formidable opponent with a height of 6'6" (197cm) and a reach of 77.5" (197cm). The stage was set for an epic clash of titans.
As the fight unfolded, it became clear that Caio was a force to be reckoned with. His striking was precise and powerful, landing devastating blows that rocked his opponent, connecting an astounding 130 strikes against Szaflarski's 23. More than that, he thwarted all seven of Szaflarski's takedown attempts.
After three grueling rounds, Caio emerged victorious, cementing his place as a true contender in the heavyweight division. His performance was nothing short of spectacular, and the UFC took notice. With this Caio has become the 10th fighter and 7th champion to snatch a UFC contract; he also is the second heavyweight in BFL history to seize his monumental ticket to the big leagues.
When the facts are taken into account, it's obvious Caio "Bigfoot" Machado is a force to be reckoned with in the world of mixed martial arts. Born and raised in Brazil, he has overcome countless obstacles to become one of the most promising heavyweight fighters in the sport. His journey from the BFL to the UFC is a testament to his skill, determination, and unwavering passion for the sport. As he continues to train and compete at the highest level, there's no doubt that Caio will leave an indelible mark on the UFC and the world of MMA as a whole.