Dana White and his team will be happy to see the back end of UFC Vegas 26 after the fight card slowly started to deteriorate on the lead up the event. The fight card lost the highly anticipated return of T.J Dillashaw, the clash of the veterans in Donald Cerrone vs Diego Sanchez, Ben Rothwell vs Phillipe Lins, Ryan Benoit vs Zarrukh Adashev, and the return of fan-favorite Amanda Ribas as she was scheduled to take on the always game Angela Hill.
Taking all of the above into consideration, the nine-bout fight card had some standout moments and memorable performances on the night. To name a few, Carlston Harris over Aguilera, Gregor Gillespie’s relentless victory over a tough Diego Ferreira, Neil Magny shutting the door on Geoff Neal, Alex Morono preventing Donald Cerrone from snapping his losing streak, and the outstanding twenty-five minutes of back and forth action Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson blessed fans with.
With that being said, there’s one man who bounced back from his first professional loss in his career. A man who the oddsmakers had as the biggest underdog on the card, a man who snapped his opponent’s eight-fight winning streak, a man who walked forward, dictated the pace, and made dealing with a crafty opponent in Ľudovít Klein look relatively easy. That man is Mike Trizno and I had the pleasure of catching up with “The Lone Wolf” after the biggest win of his career.
Post Fight Interview With Mike Trizano
Firstly, I’d just like to congratulate you on such a great win. One day out from the fight, how are you feeling, and have you had some time to watch the fight back? If so, what’s your overall thoughts on the performance?
Mike Trizano – “Thanks, man. I feel great, all my hard work the past two years paid off. I feel my performance was great because I stuck to my game plan my coaches laid out for me and got the win.”
What was the game plan going into a bout with Ľudovít Klein, a man that people rate highly and get’s most of his opponents out of there? Do you feel you executed the game plan well or are there certain aspects you felt you could have dealt with better?
Mike Trizano – “I feel I executed my game plan perfectly. I had to apply a lot of pressure so he would not be able to throw his high kick and get his offense going. I shut him down.”
Coming off your first loss as a professional against Grant Dawson, were there any challenges you faced in preparation for this bout, maybe on the mental side of the game?
Mike Trizano – “No challenges when it comes to losing, I know how to handle that. It was more of the mental aspect with the injuries that I had to work hard to overcome.”
I believe you were the biggest underdog on the card according to the bookmakers, is that something you pay attention to, potentially motivate you more, or does it just go over your head?
Mike Trizano – “It motivates me greatly to be the underdog, I’m always getting overlooked and that’s what I feed off of. I hope I continue to be the underdog because there is no better feeling than shutting people’s mouths.”
We saw Ľudovít Klein come out full of confidence and as game as they come, giving you some problems early in the fight. Describe the emotions you had when things started to turn around for you in the fight,
you must’ve been feeling like a real life Rocky, right?
Mike Trizano – “Never in the fight did I feel like he was giving me problems, I saw everything he was throwing. He is dangerous so I had to make sure I was very calculated and precise with everything I threw at him.”
I have to ask, are there any stories behind the famous mullet? MMA Twitter blew up yesterday with fans tweeting about it, it needs to stay forever right?
Mike Trizano – “No story, started growing it when everything shut down in March 2020 and since then decided to make it my quarantine hair.”
Lastly from me, with such a big win against a dangerous opponent, it must come as a huge relief. What’s next for Mike Trizano? Do you want to try to get in there again before the year ends or enjoy some time off? Are there any names you have on the tip of your tongue you’d like to challenge yourself against in the division?
Mike Trizano – “I definitely would like to fight a couple more times before the year ends. I had a long layoff and I’m ready to get back in the mix. I don’t have any names off the top of my head, but I want to continue to test myself with the best guys.”
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