Abel Trujillo

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Abel Nazario Trujillo
Born (1983-09-18) September 18, 1983 (age 35)
Greensboro, NC, United States
Other names Killa
Residence Colorado, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 70 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Colorado, United States
Team Blackzilians
Wrestling NAIA Wrestling[2]
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 15
By knockout 5
By submission 4
By decision 5
By disqualification 1
Losses 8
By knockout 1
By submission 4
By decision 3
No contests 1
Amateur record
Total 2
Wins 1
By submission 1
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Abel Nazario Trujillo[3] (born July 18, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes as a Lightweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He holds notable victories over Gleison Tibau and Jamie Varner.

Wrestling Background[edit]

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Trujillo attended Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina where he competed in wrestling. In 2002, he won the individual NCHSAA 4A state wrestling championship at 145lbs defeating Jeffrey Tharington of Winston-Salem's Mt. Tabor high school in the finals. Along with that, he helped his team win the NCHSAA 4A individual team tournament championship. Trujillo then continued his career at the collegiate level for William Penn University where he was a four-time NAIA All-American.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Trujillo lost by knockout against future World Extreme Cagefighting competitor Zachary Micklewright in his amateur debut, on July 22, 2006. Almost three years later, he rebounded and won his next amateur bout by submission in just 54 seconds.

Trujillo made his professional MMA debut in 2009, losing via armbar to Ted Wothington. He went 5-3 in his next eight fights, before winning four straight over Lucas Gwaltney, Andre Garcia, James Edson Berto and Frank Carrillo in less than a year.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Trujillo was signed by the UFC on the strength of a four-fight win streak.[4] He was expected to make his promotional debut on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151 against Tim Means.[5] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Trujillo/Means was rescheduled for UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz on December 8, 2012.[6] Then on the day of the weigh in for the event, Means was forced out of the bout after sustaining a head injury caused by a fall in a hotel sauna and was replaced by Marcus LeVesseur.[7] Trujillo was successful in his debut, defeating LeVesseur via TKO (knees to the body) at 3:56 of the second round.[8] In the fight, he successfully connected on 57 of his 75 significant strikes and also defended eight of his opponent's ten takedown attempts.[9]

Trujillo faced Khabib Nurmagomedov on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[10] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[11] A fight in which Trujillo was taken down a record 21 times, breaking a record once held by former champion Sean Sherk.[12]

Trujillo faced Roger Bowling on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[13] The fight ended in controversial fashion as Trujillo landed what appeared to be an illegal knee to the face of Bowling at the end of round two. With Bowling unable to continue, the referee deemed the bout a no contest.

A rematch with Bowling took place on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[14] Trujillo won via TKO in the second round.

Trujillo was expected to face Bobby Green on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169.[15] However, Green pulled out of the bout for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Jamie Varner. Trujillo won the back-and-forth fight via knockout in the second round. The win also earned him Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night bonus awards totaling $125,000. The win also earned Trujillo his first knockout and fight of the night awards and with this win became the first man to stop Varner by KO.[16]

Trujillo was expected to face Myles Jury on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44.[17] However, Jury pulled out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Frank Trevino.[18] Then on June 8, Trevino pulled out of the bout with an injury and Trujillo was removed from the event entirely.[19]

A bout with Bobby Green was expected to take place on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[20] However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Green/Trujillo was rescheduled and was then expected to take place on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[21] However, Green was removed from his fight on July 11 as he stepped in as an injury replacement for Michael Johnson against Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown on July 26, 2014.[22] Trujillo was expected to face Ross Pearson at the event.[23] However, on August 4, he pulled out of the bout due to injury.[24]

Trujillo faced Tony Ferguson on December 6, 2014 at UFC 181.[25] Despite winning the first round, Trujillo lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Trujillo was expected to face John Makdessi on April 25, 2015 at UFC 186.[26] However, on April 1, it was announced that Trujillo had pulled out of the fight citing an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Shane Campbell.[27]

Trujillo faced Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 77 on November 7, 2015.[28] He lost the fight via submission in the first round. Tibau had taken Trujillo's back, secured a body triangle from the bottom and secured a rear-naked choke grip with his arm underneath Trujillo's chin. After a few seconds in this position, referee Keith Peterson halted the contest as he believed that Trujillo was unconscious when in fact he was not.[29] Trujillo indicated that he planned to appeal the decision in hopes that the result may be changed to a No Contest by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA).[30] Subsequently, on December 23, 2015, it was reported that Tibau had failed an in-competition test following the win over Trujillo.[31] On February 18, 2016 Tibau was suspended for 2 years by USADA and as a result the loss was reversed to a win for Trujillo.[32]

Trujillo faced Tony Sims on January 2, 2015 at UFC 195.[33] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[34]

Trujillo was expected to face Ross Pearson on March 20, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85.[35] However, Trujillo was removed from the card on March 12 due to alleged visa issues which restricted his entry to Australia. As a result, Pearson faced Chad Laprise.[36]

Trujillo was expected to face Carlos Diego Ferreira on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88.[37] However, Ferreira was removed from the fight on May 13 after it was announced that he had been flagged for a potential anti-doping policy violation.[38] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Jordan Rinaldi.[39] Trujillo won the fight via unanimous decision.[40]

Trujillo was expected to face Evan Dunham on September 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 94.[41] However, Trujillo pulled out of the fight on September 5, citing an undisclosed injury and was replaced by former WSOF Featherweight Champion and promotional newcomer Rick Glenn.[42]

The bout with Dunham was rescheduled and was expected to take place on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104.[43] However, on January 19, Dunham pulled out of the fight with an injury and was replaced by James Vick.[44] He lost the fight via submission in the third round.[45]

Trujillo was expected to face Lando Vannata on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216.[46] However, Trujillo was removed from the card on August 14 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Bobby Green.[47]

Trujillo faced John Makdessi on December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox 26.[48] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[49]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–8 (1) John Makdessi Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos December 16, 2017 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 15–7 (1) James Vick Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie February 4, 2017 3 0:49 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 15–6 (1) Jordan Rinaldi Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt May 29, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–6 (1) Tony Sims Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 1 3:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–6 (1) Gleison Tibau DQ (overturned) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 November 7, 2015 1 1:45 São Paulo, Brazil Originally a technical submission (rear-naked choke) win for Tibau; overturned after he tested positive for erythropoietin.
Loss 12–6 (1) Tony Ferguson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 181 December 6, 2014 2 4:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–5 (1) Jamie Varner KO (punch) UFC 169 February 1, 2014 2 2:32 Newark, New Jersey, United States Knockout of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 11–5 (1) Roger Bowling TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 2 1:35 Sacramento, California, United States
NC 10–5 (1) Roger Bowling NC (illegal knee) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 2 4:57 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Bowling was rendered unable to continue.
Loss 10–5 Khabib Nurmagomedov Decision (unanimous) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–4 Marcus LeVesseur TKO (knees to the body) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 2 3:56 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 9–4 Frank Carrillo Decision (unanimous) CFA 7: Never Give Up June 30, 2012 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 8–4 James Edson Berto Submission (punches) CFA 6: Palomino vs. Warfield April 13, 2012 1 1:10 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 7–4 Andre Garcia Decision (unanimous) C3 Fights: Slamfest January 21, 2012 3 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 6–4 Lucas Gwaltney Decision (unanimous) Fight Me MMA: Trujillo vs. Gwaltney August 13, 2011 3 5:00 St. Charles, Missouri, United States
Loss 5–4 Alonzo Martinez Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Challenge 181 April 15, 2011 1 3:30 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 5–3 Scott Cleve Decision (split) Extreme Beatdown at 4 Bears 8 March 12, 2011 3 5:00 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Win 5–2 Marcos Marquez Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge: Bad Blood February 11, 2011 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 4–2 Andre Garcia Submission (guillotine choke) Xtreme Fight Promotions: The Holiday Fight Fest December 4, 2010 1 2:36 Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Win 3–2 Wes Clark Submission (punches) TriState Cage Fights October 23, 2010 1 2:01 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Win 2–2 Dave Lehr Cochran KO (punches) Fight Me MMA 1: The Battle Begins August 14, 2010 1 1:29 St. Charles, Missouri, United States
Loss 1–2 Clayton Robinson TKO (punches) C3 Fights: Knockout-Rockout Weekend 4 July 17, 2010 1 2:47 Clinton, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1–1 Dustin Praxedes TKO (punches) Xtreme Promotions: Throwdown in Jamestown 2 March 6, 2010 1 4:15 Sequim, Washington, United States
Loss 0–1 Ted Worthington Submission (armbar) Max FightsDM: Ballroom Brawl 2 August 28, 2009 1 3:06 Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–1 Randy Meade Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Challenge 127 April 25, 2009 1 0:54 Iowa, United States
Loss 0–1 Zach Micklewright KO Extreme Challenge 69 July 22, 2006 2 0:28 Davenport, Iowa, United States

See also[edit]


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