Mike Trizano Suffers Injury Setback Forcing Him Out of UFC Vegas 19

Published 02/10/2021, 1:30 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 16: Mike Trizano stands in his corner between rounds against Thailand Clark during the filming of The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated on February 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC Featherweight, Mike Trizano, has suffered an ankle injury, which rules him out of his fight against Rafael Alves. They were scheduled to fight on the card of UFC Vegas 19, which is being headlined by a heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis.

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This injury comes on top of his knee injury, which had sidelined him ever since his fight against Grant Dawson in May 2019. He lost the fight via submission. The former Ultimate Fighter Season 27 winner was itching for a comeback for a long time.

Mike Trizano suffers ankle injury, pulled from UFC Vegas 19 fight with Rafael Alves https://t.co/pMyUHCTTrb

— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) February 9, 2021

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Mike’s manager Jim Walter issued a statement to MMA Fighting, talking about his injury and his desire to return. “It’s been a very frustrating experience for Mike Trizano,” he said. “Mike Trizano is not only the hardest worker in the room, but he’s extremely gifted and talented. I consider all of our athletes fighters, athletes, or competitors, and Mike Trizano is a fighter and a competitor, which is very rare, I’d say maybe one percent overlap, and that’s why it’s been so frustrating.”

There’s no timeline for his return, but his manager did say that they are taking care of him. He said, “Pulling out of this fight was one of the hardest decisions that we’ve had to make, but we’re going to physical therapy, and we are going to get better and make sure he can recover in the proper ways. Mike Trizano is hungrier than ever. He’ll be back.”

Mike Trizano vs. Rafael Alves: The tale of the tape

Trizano holds a 2-1 record in the UFC with split decision wins over Joe Gianetti and Luis Pena. His loss against Grant Dawson was the first of his professional fighting career. He fought in Ring of Combat and Bellator before coming over to the UFC.

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On the other hand, this fight was supposed to be the UFC debut of Rafael Alves. “The Turn” came over to the UFC via Dana White’s contender series. He beat Alejandro Flores via a Guillotine choke in the second round.

LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 16: Mike Trizano celebrates after defeating Thailand Clark during the filming of The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated on February 16, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

An injury is the worst nightmare of any athlete, and taking proper care of the fighter is paramount. Mike Trizano will assess his situation, and he’ll be back looking better than he ever looked before.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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