August 24, 1978 |
Amarante, Piauí, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)|
|Reach||70.5 in (179 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Submission Wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|Trainer||Striking: Andre Dida
Jiu-Jitsu: Sergio Moraes
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Francisco Trinaldo (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɾɐ̃ˈsisku tɾiˈnawdu]; born August 24, 1978) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
Mixed martial arts career
Trinaldo began with an amateur career, compiling a record of 6-1 in mixed martial arts. He is also a Brazilian Kickboxing champion, and began kickboxing when he was 23 years old before transitioning into mixed martial arts. Trinaldo is an ex-training partner of Paulo Thiago and Rani Yahya.
He spends most of his training time at the Evolução Thai, where he received large levels of hype, causing Sherdog.com to list him in August 2010 as their top prospect in MMA.
Trinaldo is regarded as being hampered by financial issues that prevent his rise further in the sport. Coming from a disadvantaged background, Trinaldo struggles and has been quoted as saying "Sometimes I can’t train because I don’t have money to catch a bus and go to the academy."
Trinaldo's professional career began in the Fight Club Tournament promotion, where he won his opening bout via unanimous decision. This was followed by a TKO due to corner stoppage.
Trinaldo then fought twice more, securing a submission victory via arm-triangle choke and another victory via TKO due to punches and soccer kicks after 12 seconds.
Bitetti Combat and Jungle Fight
Trinaldo's success continued when he joined Bitetti Combat in February 2010. Facing Luiz Firmino at Bitetti Combat 6, Trinaldo dominated, locking in a kneebar on his experienced opponent and forcing the tapout with ease.
Following this, Trinaldo joined the Jungle Fight Championship promotion and faced another experienced opponent in Flavio Alvaro. Late in the second round, Trinaldo secured a TKO victory due to punches, taking his professional record to 6-0.
Trinaldo suffered his first professional loss in September 2010, at the hands of future UFC fighter Yuri Alcantara via second round armbar.
Trinaldo then went on a four-fight winning streak in the Jungle Fight promotion with victories over Bruno Lobato, Joao Paulo, Derrick Burnsed and Adriano Martins, with the latter one earning him the Jungle Fight Lightweight belt.
The Ultimate Fighter
In March 2012, Trinaldo appeared as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. He entered in the competition to fight in the Middleweight tournament. In the opening elimination fight, he defeated Charles Maicon by TKO in round 1 to get into the TUF house. He was then defeated by Thiago Perpétuo.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Trinaldo competed on the live finale card which took place at UFC 147 on June 23, 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil against Delson Heleno. Trinaldo won in his UFC debut via TKO in the first round. After the fight he expressed his desire to fight at 155 which is his natural weight.
Trinaldo faced promotional newcomer Piotr Hallmann on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28. After dominating the first round and hurting Hallmann twice with body kicks, Trinaldo lost the fight via kimura submission in the second round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||13 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||13–3||Piotr Hallmann||Submission (kimura)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader||September 4, 2013||2||3:50||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|Win||13–2||Mike Rio||Submission (arm triangle choke)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||1||3:08||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Win||12–2||C.J. Keith||Submission (arm triangle choke)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping||January 19, 2013||2||1:50||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||11–2||Gleison Tibau||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar||October 13, 2012||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Return to Lightweight.|
|Win||11–1||Delson Heleno||TKO (punches)||UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II||June 23, 2012||1||4:21||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Middleweight bout.|
|Win||10–1||Adriano Martins||Decision (majority)||Jungle Fight 30||July 30, 2011||3||5:00||Belém, Brazil||Won the Jungle Fight Lightweight Title.|
|Win||9–1||Derrick Burnsed||KO (punch)||Jungle Fight 28||May 21, 2011||2||0:52||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Won the Jungle Fight Interim Lightweight Title.|
|Win||8–1||João Paulo de Souza||Decision (unanimous)||Jungle Fight 25||February 19, 2011||3||5:00||Vila Velha, Brazil|
|Win||7–1||Bruno Lobato||Submission (anaconda choke)||Jungle Fight 24||December 18, 2010||1||2:24||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||6–1||Yuri Alcantara||Submission (armbar)||Jungle Fight 22||May 22, 2010||2||2:24||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Flavio Alvaro||TKO (punches)||Jungle Fight 20||May 22, 2010||2||4:01||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Luiz Firmino||Submission (kneebar)||Bitetti Combat MMA 6||February 25, 2010||1||2:03||Brasília, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Junior Lava||TKO (punches & soccer kicks)||Norofight 1||August 8, 2009||1||0:12||Unaí, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Marcone Bezerra||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Hero's The Jungle 2||April 7, 2008||1||N/A||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Vinicius Dohrer||TKO (corner stoppage)||Fight Club Tournament 3||August 18, 2006||2||N/A||Taguatinga, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Edval Pedroso||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Club Tournament 2||May 13, 2006||3||5:00||Taguatinga, Brazil|
- "Brazilian Prospect Francisco Trinaldo continues rise at Jungle Fight 20". sherdog.com. May 25, 2010.
- "The Top Prospects in MMA". sherdog.com. August 27, 2010.
- UFC Rio III Open Workout had a meeting of "Massarandubas" sportv.globo.com (October 10, 2012)
- "'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights". MMAJunkie.com. March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "Francisco Trinaldo announces UFC 153 fight with Gleison Tibau". mmajunkie.com. August 2, 2012.
- "UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil". MMAjunkie.com. November 3, 2012.
- "TUF 15 vet Mike Rio meets Francisco Trinaldo at UFC on FX 8 in Brazil on May 18". mmmamania.com. March 2, 2013.
- Richard Mann (July 23, 2013). "UFC newcomer Piotr Hallman to face Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night 28". adcombat.com.