Las Vegas, NV — Ultimate Fighter 27 winner Mike Trizano is hoping to stay busy this year, and the next step comes at UFC Vegas 56 this weekend.
Trizano (9-2) went up against Hakeem Dawodu in February, only to come up short. Now, he returns against the debuting Lucas Almeida, looking to bounce back and recognizing that there are no easy fights at this level of the game.
“The last couple of years have been inconsistent. I just want to get back in there every three, four months. That’s always been my goal,” Trizano told media outlets including Cageside Press during the UFC Vegas 56 media day on Wednesday. “I’m finally like 100% healthy, everything’s going well with all my training camps. I made the most of an opportunity to fight somebody top 15, it didn’t go my way, that’s life; you gotta just rebound from it and that’s it. I’m back in here, trying to get a couple more by the end of the year and that’s it, man.”
Trizano sees Almeida as another tough customer, even if he doesn’t have the same recognition as Dawodu. “Everybody’s tough. There’s no easy fights. Not taking him for granted, just going to go in there and execute my game plan that I put together with my coaches, and get my hand raised.”
Timing is everything in MMA, and some wins at least on paper matter more than others. Trizano is focused less on that, and more on just getting the job done.
“I want to win, that’s the bottom line,” he stated. “However it happens— I want a finish, I’m sick and tired of these decisions, but you never know what’s going to happen in there. But again, it comes down to who makes the least amount of mistakes; I’m going to go in there, pick up the volume and do my thing.”
And in the end, it’s the toughest fights he wants anyway. The toughest guys. “This is what I want to do, I want to test myself.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 56 media day press scrum with Mike Trizano above. More coverage from the event, which takes place at the Apex on Saturday, June 4, 2022, can be found below.