Francisco Trinaldo

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.

Francisco Trinaldo
Born (1978-08-24) August 24, 1978 (age 41)
Amarante, Piauí, Brazil
Other namesMassaranduba
ResidenceCuritiba, Brazil
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofBrasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
TeamEvolução Thai
Constrictor Team
TrainerStriking: André Dida
Jiu-Jitsu: Sérgio Moraes
RankBlack belt in Kickboxing[2]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2][3]
Years active2006–present
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission5
By decision11
By submission3
By decision4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit


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.[4]

He spends most of his training time at the Evolução Thai, where he received large levels of hype, causing to list him in August 2010 as their top prospect in MMA.[5]

Trinaldo is regarded as being hampered by financial issues that prevent his rise further in the sport.[5] 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."[4]

His nickname came from the character of the Brazilian TV show Casseta & Planeta Urgente played by the Brazilian comedian Cláudio Manoel named Massaranduba, who had his same quarrelsome attitude.[6]

Early careerEdit

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 FightEdit

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.[5]

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.[5]

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 FighterEdit

In March 2012, Trinaldo appeared as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.[7] 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 ChampionshipEdit

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 returned to the lightweight division and faced Gleison Tibau on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Trinaldo defeated C.J. Keith on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7, locking up an arm-triangle choke early in the second round.[9]

For his fourth UFC fight, Trinaldo faced Mike Rio on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[10] He won the fight via submission in the first round.

Trinaldo faced promotional newcomer Piotr Hallmann on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[11] 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 Jesse Ronson at UFC Fight Night 36.[12] He won the fight via split decision.

Trinaldo faced Michael Chiesa on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[13] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Trinaldo faced Leandro Silva at UFC Fight Night 51 on September 13, 2014.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Trinaldo faced Akbarh Arreola on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62.[15] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[16]

Trinaldo replaced an injured Gilbert Burns and fought Norman Parke on May 30, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67.[17] He won the fight by split decision.[18]

Trinaldo faced Chad Laprise on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74.[19] 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.[20]

Trinaldo faced Ross Pearson on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81.[21] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Trinaldo next faced Yancy Medeiros on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[24] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[25]

Trinaldo faced Paul Felder on September 24, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[26] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[27]

Trinaldo faced Kevin Lee on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[28] After a back-and-forth first round, Trinaldo lost the fight via submission in the second round.[29]

Trinaldo faced Jim Miller on October 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 119.[30] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[31]

Trinaldo faced James Vick on February 18, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros.[32] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Trinaldo faced Evan Dunham on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137,[34] He won the fight via knockout in the second round due to a knee to the body.[35]

Trinaldo was originally set to face Islam Makhachev on January 26, 2019 at UFC 233,[36] however, Makhachev was forced out of the bout due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Alexander Hernandez.[37] 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.[38]

Trinaldo was scheduled to face Carlos Diego Ferreira on May 11, 2019 at UFC 237.[39] 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.[40]

Trinaldo faced Alexander Hernandez on July 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4.[41] He lost the fight via controversial unanimous decision,[42] as 11 of 13 media outlets scoring the bout in favor of Trinaldo.[43]

Trinaldo faced Bobby Green on November 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 22.[44] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[45]

Trinaldo is scheduled to face John Makdessi on March 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 170.[46]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit


  • Brasília state kickboxing champion (Three times)

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
31 matches 24 wins 7 losses
By knockout 8 0
By submission 5 3
By decision 11 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.


See alsoEdit


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