Carlos Augusto “Guto” Inocente Filho, 33, of Brazil has the DNA of a fighter. His father Carlos Inocente is a life-long martial artist who holds black belts in karate and jiu-jitsu.
But Guto was not always into the family business and strayed away into a life of crime and certain death. That was until he was saved by martial arts itself.
As Guto prepares for what can possibly be the biggest night of his life, he knows that without the intervention of his father, he would not be one of the Top 5 mixed martial artists in the running for the KHK World Championship.
Brave Combat Federation and Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa Mixed Martial Arts will hold the one-night, four-men, open weight tournament at “Brave 29” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena, Isa Town, Bahrain on November 15, 2019. The winner will receive a US$100,000 check, plus the right to be called the provisional holder of the KHK World Championship belt, which is adorned with 6.2 kg of gold.
During a troubled youth in Brasília, Brazil, Guto got involved in a gang activity, which in the city meant a fight for different neighborhoods and the defense of its own. His crew was no stranger to gun use but it would usually end with shots to the sky, a warning that was never damaging.
The members of the group including Guto were known for several misdemeanors but never for attempted murder. This all changed in 2003 when he and friends were hanging out in their neighborhood on a Monday.
A school bus went past the group not before an unidentified student pulled a gun and shot Guto three times. He missed two of those bullets but one of them went into his chest.
In the luckiest of outcomes possible for a shot to the chest, the bullet went through Guto’s back and did not harm his lungs or any major arteries or veins. It was a second chance but also a wake-up call.
Leave it to Carlos to deliver that call. The father assembled all of his son’s friends from the gang around his hospital bed and plead with them that it would be safer to train and fight in a controlled environment, learning a martial art.
Guto himself had dabbled with training different martial arts but it took a bullet to the chest and escaping certain death to get him to commit to it. At 17, he knew he had to make radical changes in his life if he were to survive the next few years.
After focusing on MMA, Guto soon started to make headlines as a kickboxer. He has won multiple tournaments at national and continental levels and has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Strikeforce in MMA.
At the time, Guto was one of the striking stalwarts of the Blackzilians gym. He was a training partner of legendary fighters such as Rashad Evans and Alistair Overeem, among others.
After the iconic fight team dissolved, Guto went back to Brasília, this time as a family man and an internationally recognized martial artist and has continued to make headlines positively with a stint in Glory Kickboxing and more national titles in kickboxing.
The KHK World Championships is the perfect opportunity for Guto to show the world and himself that he has come full circle. Meanwhile, here is a “Brave 29” promo: