Michael Trizano is back!
Headlining the event came a women’s flyweight bout between top ten strawweight talents Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson, considering the original main event, TJ Dillashaw versus Cory Sandhagen, has been postponed.
Notice it says a flyweight (125 lb) match up between strawweight (115 lb) contenders. It was agreed upon by both women that they fight a weight class above, as they’re fighting two extra rounds on short notice.
Don’t get it mixed though, this bout does have strawweight title, or at the least top contender implications.
Co-headlining the bout is also a short notice encounter, this one between Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Alex ‘The Great White’ Morono.
This was originally set to be a legend versus legend bout, with Cerrone facing The Ultimate Fighter I winner Diego Sanchez, but Sanchez has within the last two weeks been released from the promotion, leaving Morono to take his spot.
Headlining the preliminary card on ESPN+ came a featherweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter 27 winner Mike Trizano and Ludovit Klein.
Trizano hasn’t fought since his defeat to Grant Dawson two years ago this month, bringing him from 8-0 to 8-1, while Klein just made his octagon debut in his last fight, KO’ing the ultra-durable Shane Young in just 76 seconds, improving his record to 17-2.
Continue reading me to see how this incredible featherweight contest went down:
Official Result: Mike Trizano def. Ludovit Klein via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Trizano takes the center once the bout starts and makes his presence known with his jab.
Klein is doing a good job of landing snap kicks to Trizano’s body, and is also landing some nice straight punches here and there. Trizano is keeping Klein on his bike, and lands a hard left hook
Trizano takes the center once again at the start of round two, and is again working on sticking that jab in Klein’s face.
Klein had a much better round two however, as he lands a hard overhand left about two minutes in. Not long after that, he landed two more back-to-back, and he was also returning the strikes of Trizano. Say Trizano throws a leg kick at him, he throws a jab-cross, leg kick at Trizano.
Trizano isn’t looking bad, but his output has definitely fallen off a bit in this round. Klein secures another takedown toward the end of the round and remains on top until the horn.
Trizano starts out round three by dropping Klein with a beautiful right hand that had him hurt badly.
Klein kept returning punches, swinging as hard as he could, landing on some of them, keeping Trizano from being able to finish him. Trizano then lands a hard left hook-cross, and gets his jabs going again.
The former ultimate fighter had of course been throwing them all night, but he really started to land them very effectively in this round. The jabs also aided him in setting up his other strikes, primarily his right hand.
Klein secures another takedown late, and has Trizano down for about 45 seconds, before Trizano makes his way back up. Once he does get up though, Klein takes him right back down, right as Trizano locks him up in a guillotine choke.
Trizano is cranking the choke for a good 30 seconds, and comes very close to securing his first octagon finish. Klein’s face was turning all sorts of colors. Instead, Mike Trizano was handed his third octagon victory via decision, and Klein was handed his first defeat in nearly four years.
I became a fan of combat sports when I was 12 years old. I was scrolling through the channels and landed upon versus, where WEC was televised. Urijah Faber fought Jens Pulver for the second time that night. That’s the first fight I saw, and the fight that got me hooked on the sport. Since then, the sport has grown so rapidly, and my goal is to enlighten everyone on what’s going on in the sport today.