Francisco Trinaldo is going for his seventh straight win under the UFC banner on Sept. 24, facing Paul Felder in his hometown of Brasilia, Brazil, and has a different way of sparring ahead of the lightweight bout.
Trinaldo’s coach Andre Dida posted on his Facebook page a video of "Massaranduba" sparring completely blindfolded, a way of getting him ready to block all the distractions from the crowd and getting used to listening only to his coaches’ voice in the corner.
"Our goal with this specific training I invented is to help the athlete listen to the corner," Dida told MMA Fighting. "There are several ways to work this connection between coach and fighter. The fighter needs to trust his corner. I put ‘Massaranduba’ there to work and follow his corners, and believe that the cornerman can help him win the fight. It’s a different way to train, out of your comfort zone. We can’t do this all the time, but you have to be creative and learn new things."
Trinaldo (20-4) enters the bout coming off wins over the likes of Yancy Medeiros and Ross Pearson, while Felder (12-2) looks to extend his winning streak to three following victories over Josh Burkman and Daron Cruickshank.
UFC Fight Night 95 takes place at the Nilson Nelson gymnasium in Brasilia and features a 140-pound catchweight bout between Cris Cyborg and Lina Lansberg in the main event.