Place of birth: Barcelona, Spain
Pro debut: 2002
Height: 175 cm / 5”9
Contest bodyweight: 122 kg / 268 lbs.
Off-season bodyweight: 130 kg / 286 lbs.
As a teenager, he played soccer but in 1987, after watching the “Rocky” film and then the “Conan”, he was so impressed that started to train at “Gimnasio Anaques”, being 16 years old. And he was lucky, as it was a hardcore gym, where over 80% of members were a competitive bodybuilders! Guided by his first coach, Juan Marco, he entered his first competition for novices after one year of working out. He placed 2nd but found that it would be not so easy and decided to compete once per year at least. So, he used to take part in the local, provincial and regional contest and then decided to enter in the Spanish Junior Nationals, which he won.
This victory opened the door to the international competitions to him. After 12 years from his first workout in a gym he entered the 1999 European Championships and won the heavyweight category over so famous athletes like former junior word champion Alexander Fedorov and future world champion Rolandas Pocius. Continuing the series of victories, later that year he went to Bratislava, Slovakia, and won the Men’s Worlds title over… Kai Greene, who placed 6th at those Championships.
No surprise, that after so great victories and as an unbeatable amateur bodybuilder of that year, he decided to turn pro. Following the next two years of hard workouts and special preparations, he went to New York for his pro debut at the 2002 Night of Champions. In the incredible line-up of 31 bodybuilders he placed 3rd, just behind Markus Ruhl and Bob Cicherillo. Can you imagine more successful pro debut? But the reality was not so “friendly” to him in the future. He returned to the same contest in 2005 but finished 9th that time. In 2006 he won his first pro show: Santa Susanna Grand Prix and regained this title in 2007. But at the other contests he had problems to enter the top six. In 2010 displayed the top body conditions once again, taking the 3rd place at the Mr. Europe Pro, behind Ronny Rockel and Dennis James but ahead of Robert Piotrkowicz, Alfonso Del Rio and Michael Kefalianos. This year in Santa Susanna, he will meet Rockel, Piotrkowicz, Del Rio and Kefalianos once again. Who will be the best this time? Will “El Toro” display his life best muscle quality and shape? Obviously, he can do it! He is famous of his rock-hard and razor-sharp muscularity!
Text: Andrew Michalak IFBB
Photography: Angel Molinero
Francisco “Paco” “El Toro” Bautista best contest results:
1999 IFBB European Amateur Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 1st
2001 World Amateur Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 1st
2002 Night of Champions: 3rd place
2002 Mr. Olympia, 20th place
2002 Toronto Pro Invitational: 6th place
2005 New York Pro Championships – IFBB, 9th
2006 Santa Susanna Pro: 1st place (winner)
2006 Mr. Olympia: elimination round
2007 Europa Supershow: 7th place
2007 New York Pro: 11th place
2007 Mr. Olympia: elimination round
2007 Santa Susanna Pro: 1st place (winner)
2008 New York Pro: 9th place
2009 New York Pro: 12th place
2009 Orlando Show of Champions: 6th place
2010 European Pro: 3rd place
2010 Mr. Olympia: elimination round
2010 Tampa Pro Championships: 8th place