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Francisco Trinaldo nearly stops, batters Danny Roberts at UFC 274

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, May 7, 2022, for UFC 274, going down live from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Headlining the event is a UFC lightweight championship bout between champion Charles Oliveira and former interim champion Justin Gaethje. Unfortunately, Oliveira missed weight by .5 lbs and has been forced to vacate his championship.

Only Gaethje will be eligible to win the title tonight.

Co-headlining the event is a UFC strawweight championship rematch between current champion Rose Namajunas and former champion Carla Esparza. These two met in their UFC debuts, opposing one another, with Esparza the victor.

Now they find themselves in a rematch for that same belt here at UFC 274.

Headlining the prelims tonight was a welterweight Francisco Trinaldo faced Danny Roberts.

Continue reading to see how this bout went down:

Official Result: Francisco Trinaldo def. Danny Roberts via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)

The first round between these two was quite competitive, as the two traded strikes throughout.

The striking was relatively even, as Roberts stuck to his leg kicks and punches to the head, many of which landed, and Trinaldo landed a few hard punches to counter some of Roberts’ attack.

Trinaldo hurts Roberts badly multiple times in the second; first with a punch to the head that completely took his legs out from under him, and then with an equally as nasty shovel hook to the body midway through the round.

However, Trinaldo chooses to grapple after hurting him each time, and he jumps on a guillotine choke the second time. He was close to finishing the fight with it too, but Roberts falls to his side and is able to break the grip.

Trinaldo chooses to remain in top position for the remaining couple minutes of the round. He tries for an arm-triangle choke, but is unable to secure it and we go to a third round.

Trinaldo controls the majority of round three as well, hurting Roberts once again. Roberts is able to land two solid left hands in a row, but Trinaldo remains unfazed and ties up with him for the final 30 seconds of the bout.

Francisco Trinaldo is now 5-1 over his last six at 43 years of age, just astounding.

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