|Born||August 24, 1978|
Amarante, Piauí, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|Trainer||Striking: André Dida |
Jiu-Jitsu: Sérgio Moraes
|Rank||Black belt in Kickboxing |
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|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. A professional since 2006, he has also competed for Jungle Fight in his native Brazil, where he is the former Lightweight Champion, and was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Championships and accomplishments
- 3 Mixed martial arts record
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Mixed martial arts career
Trinaldo began with an amateur career, compiling a record of 6-1 in mixed martial arts. He is also a three-time Brasilia State Kickboxing Champion, and began kickboxing when he was 23 years old before transitioning into mixed martial arts, holding a record of 12-1. 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 Iuri Alcântara 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.
Trinaldo faced Chad Laprise on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74. He won the fight via TKO in the first round, after knocking his opponent down with a left hand and finishing with ground strikes, handing Laprise his first loss of his MMA career.
Trinaldo was originally set to face Islam Makhachev on January 26, 2019 at UFC 233, however, Makhachev was forced out of the bout due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Alexander Hernandez. In turn, Hernandez was pulled from that fight in favor of a bout with UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Donald Cerrone a week earlier at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw. Promotion officials have not announced if Trinaldo would remain on the card against a replacement or be rescheduled for a separate event.
Trinaldo was scheduled to face Carlos Diego Ferreira on May 11, 2019 at UFC 237. However, Ferreira was forced out of the bout on weigh-in day as he was deemed medically unfit due to a weight cutting issue. As a result, the bout was cancelled.
Trinaldo faced Alexander Hernandez on July 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4. He lost the fight via controversial unanimous decision, as 11 of 13 media outlets scoring the bout in favor of Trinaldo.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Jungle Fight
- Jungle Fight Lightweight Championship (One time)
- Brasília state kickboxing champion (Three times)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||24 wins||7 losses|
|Win||24–7||Bobby Green||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré||November 16, 2019||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||23–7||Alexander Hernandez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards||July 20, 2019||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Win||23–6||Evan Dunham||TKO (knee to the body)||UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders||September 22, 2018||2||4:10||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||22–6||James Vick||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros||February 18, 2018||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||22–5||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida||October 28, 2017||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||21–5||Kevin Lee||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum||March 11, 2017||2||3:12||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||21–4||Paul Felder||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg||September 24, 2016||3||2:25||Brasília, Brazil|
|Win||20–4||Yancy Medeiros||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 198||May 14, 2016||3||5:00||Curitiba, Brazil||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||19–4||Ross Pearson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz||January 17, 2016||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||18–4||Chad Laprise||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira||August 23, 2015||1||2:43||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Win||17–4||Norman Parke||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves||May 30, 2015||3||5:00||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Win||16–4||Akbarh Arreola||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare||March 21, 2015||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||15–4||Leandro Silva||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski||September 13, 2014||3||5:00||Brasília, Brazil|
|Loss||14–4||Michael Chiesa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 173||May 24, 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–3||Jesse Ronson||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi||February 15, 2014||3||5:00||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|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||October 13, 2012||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Return to Lightweight.|
|Win||11–1||Delson Heleno||TKO (punches)||UFC 147||June 23, 2012||1||4:21||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Middleweight debut.|
|Win||10–1||Adriano Martins||Decision (majority)||Jungle Fight 30||July 30, 2011||3||5:00||Belém, Brazil||Won the Jungle Fight Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||9–1||Derrick Burnsed||KO (punch)||Jungle Fight 28||May 21, 2011||2||0:52||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Won the interim Jungle Fight Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||8–1||João Paulo Rodrigues||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||Iuri Alcântara||Submission (armbar)||Jungle Fight 22||September 18, 2010||2||2:24||São Paulo, Brazil||Jungle Fight Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||6–0||Flavio Alvaro||TKO (punches)||Jungle Fight 20||May 22, 2010||2||4:01||São Paulo, Brazil||Jungle Fight Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|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 and 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||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||1–0||Edval Pedroso||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Club Tournament 2||May 13, 2006||3||5:00||Taguatinga, Brazil||Welterweight bout.|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|Loss||1–1||Thiago Perpétuo||TKO (retirement)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil||May 13, 2012 (airdate)||1||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Preliminary Round.|
|Win||1–0||Charles Maicon||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil||March 25, 2012 (airdate)||1||0:00||São Paulo, Brazil||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Elimination Round.|
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