Francisco Trinaldo



Gets benefit of judges decision
October 23, 2021
Trinaldo defeated Dwight Grant via split decision (29-27, 27-29, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
A point deduction for an eye poke for Trinaldo in Round 3 by referee Chris Tognoni ended up not hurting the Brazilian, but it very easily could have as there is a clear case to be made this fight should have ended in a 28-28 draw. As is, Trinaldo rebounds from his unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Muslim Salikhov this past June. Trinaldo gets by with toughness and ridiculous durability, and this fight was more of the same as he attempted just 101 total strikes. He landed 61 of them, but it was a takedown and plenty of control time in Round 3 which secured him the win. It's rarely pretty with Francisco, but the fact he turned 43 years of age this past August and has still managed to win four of his past five fights is nothing short of a miracle. He could retire tomorrow and his UFC run would be an overwhelming success.
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Added to Oct. 23 card
September 23, 2021
Trinaldo will fight Dwight Grant in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 23, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Trinaldo will be filling in for Gabriel Green who was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Trinaldo last was in the Octagon back in June when he defeated Muslim Salikhov by unanimous decision.
Can't seal a round against Salikhov
June 6, 2021
Trinaldo lost to Muslim Salikhov via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday.
Now 42 years old and moving up to welterweight, things simply did not go Trinaldo's way, and his three-fight winning streak snapped as a result. While the striking numbers weren't particularly far apart in any round, it was tough to find a reason to give any of them to the Brazilian. When it was all said and done, Salikhov won the battle of significant strikes 62 to 39, and clinched the fight in Round 3 with a pair of takedowns. Trinaldo still seems to have plenty left in the tank, but he's merely roster depth at this stage in his career.
Fight still happening June 5
May 27, 2021
Trinaldo is fighting Muslim Salikhov at the UFC event on June 5, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Trinaldo's fight against Salikhov was originally scheduled for June 5 and the UFC mistakenly announced last week that it was moved to June 19. The two will still meet on the fifth as Trinaldo looks to prove himself after moving up a weight class following his win over Jai Herbert in July.
Pushed back to June 19
May 17, 2021
Trinaldo's welterweight bout with Muslim Salikhov will now take place on June 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The fight was originally scheduled for June 5, but it will be pushed back two weeks for an undisclosed reason. Trinaldo likely doesn't have too much longer left at 42 years of age. He will be looking for his 27 career win.
Taking on Salikhov
March 24, 2021
Trinaldo is set to fight Muslim Salikhov (illness) in a welterweight match at the UFC's event on June 5, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Trinaldo will get his first match at 170 pounds, after announcing his decision to move up another weight class last July. The 42-year-old is riding a three-fight winning streak.