UFC The Ultimate Fighter Winner Mike Trizano Ends Two Year Hiatus

Published 01/05/2021, 12:59 PM EST
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)


Former UFC Ultimate Fighter winner Mike Trizano will finally return to competition later this year. Trizano was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 27. He has been out since suffering his first career loss to Grant Dawson in 2019.

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He will welcome UFC debutant, Rafael Alves, to the organization. Alves is a former Titan FC lightweight champion. The Brazilian is currently on a roll, winning his last five bouts. He is Dana White’s Contender Series alumni, winning his fight there and earning the UFC contract subsequently.

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)

Trizano, on the other hand, currently holds a professional record of 8-1. He has a notable win over Luis Pena from 2018. Although, that bout was at featherweight.

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He has been on a nice long layoff since losing his undefeated professional record.

Alves, a 28 fight veteran, has a professional record of 19-9. He is well versed in all aspects, as out of his 14 finishes 7 are via TKO and 7 via submission. His win at the DWCS also came by the way of a Guillotine Choke.

The event is a UFC Fight Night card, which is scheduled to take place on February 20th.

UFC’s February 20th card will be headlined by Derrick Lewis

Derrick Lewis is rescheduled to face Curtis Blaydes in the main event of the February 20th card of the UFC Fight Night. The two heavyweights were previously scheduled for a November showdown last year but had to be scrapped after ‘Razor’ tested positive for COVID-19.

Apart from that, the likes of Drakkar Klose, Aleksei Oleinik, and more are part of the card. Also, Matt Brown will fight Carlos Condit in a clash of welterweight legends.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 16: Mike Trizano stands in his corner 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)

Trizano will be looking to use this opportunity to carry on upon the impressive start of his UFC career. He is a promising talent and at only 29 years of age, has the prime of his fighting days ahead.

Which fight in the February 20th card you are looking forward to the most? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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