Francisco Trinaldo was annoyed. All he wanted was a fight, but it was taking too long for the UFC to give him a call. One post on social media apparently helped speed things up, but “Massaranduba” wasn’t happy about it.
Former Cage Warriors champion Paddy Pimblett had just dispatched Luigi Vendramini in his octagon debut, instantly becoming one of the topics of the MMA world that week, when Trinaldo posted a picture all over his social media.
“Maybe this way the UFC will find a fight for me quickly,” the caption read. The post was deleted hours later from his Instagram page, but is still up on his Twitter.
“It wasn’t me,” Trinaldo said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “The guys that control my Instagram posted it and when I woke up and saw that, f*ck, I deleted it right away. I didn’t like it. I fight in the UFC for so many years and I don’t think I should … Ah, I didn’t like it. People liked it and asked me why I didn’t leave it up there. I didn’t like it, man. But it worked.”
For Trinaldo, a veteran of 23 octagon appearances and wins over the likes of Paul Felder, Jim Miller, John Makdessi, Bobby Green, Evan Dunham and Yancy Medeiros, didn’t want to give extra attention to someone who had just won his first UFC fight. “Massaranduba” was paired up with Dwight Grant at Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 41.
“I didn’t want to say that,” Trinaldo said, “but to give attention to a guy that just got here now? I have so many fights in the UFC and I’m going to give attention to a kid? He has to build his name in there.”
Trinaldo is looking for his first win since returning to welterweight, coming off a defeat to Muslim Salikhov, and was offered a fight with Tim Means. It didn’t come to fruition, but he eventually got the chance to replace Gabe Green versus Grant at UFC Vegas 41.
“He’s a striker, he’s very good and strong,” Trinaldo said of his opponent. “I think it matches up well, especially for the fans. We’re both strikers so it’s going to be an awesome fight. We’ve watched his fights… I don’t like to keep watching my opponent’s fights because I want to train even harder after that, but he’s always throwing strong hooks, always carrying a lot of power in his strikes, but I’ll get to my positions on the ground with takedowns — which I’m getting really good at — and I’ll mix it up with him.”
Gunning for his first welterweight win in the UFC, “Massaranduba” admits he was dealing with mental roadblocks in his most recent bout. It’s all different against Grant, he said, a former Dana White’s Contender Series alum that holds a 3-2 record under the UFC banner.
“I was very nervous in that fight, worried about the weight and power [at welterweight],” he said, “but I’ve seen that guys that fight at 170 and 155 have pretty much the same strength and reach. You have to keep your head bulletproof. I’m feeling so good now that, f*ck, it doesn’t even look like I’m going to fight. I’m always ready for war, and I’ll bring the win for us.”