Francisco Trinaldo Ready for His Main Card Fight on Wednesday
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.02.2013
He faces Piotr Hallman at UFC Fight Night 28…
UFC lightweight fighter Francisco Trinaldo recently spoke about his upcoming fight with Piotr Hallman at UFC Fight Night 28 on Wednesday. Below are some highlights:
Trinaldo on getting to fight on the main card on a Brazilian event: "I am very thankful to 'TUF' for promoting us. Even though I didn't win, the fans really got to like me, and I will shed my last drop of blood not to disappoint them."
Trinaldo on finding MMA: "I grew up on farmland, in Piaui. Martial arts didn't exist there. I moved to Brasilia at age 20 and started working in construction. There are no easy jobs for us from the countryside. On the weekends I would play soccer. The very same friend who gave me my nickname invited me to his academy to try out some classes. I took him up on his offer. Once there, I got into some hard sparring, and he liked what he saw. He told me I had a talent for fighting. I actually started training regularly by age 24."
Trinaldo on his upbringing and being a hard worker: "As I tell my brother (Francivaldo), who also fights, we've always had a hard life. We always struggled to reach our goals since we were children. I was talking to a friend who's a doctor and I told him I started working in the farm at a very young age. He said that it developed our strength. If you look at my brother, he's also strong as a horse, and he had never worked out in the gym. It's our genetic makeup and healthy diet. We've never been drinkers or smokers. These are the benefits of a regimented life."
Trinaldo on wanting to provide for his family: "I only want one thing: I wish to give my family a better life, since I didn't have that when I was younger. Now is my chance. After my fights, I spend time with my mother. I want to show the people in my hometown that a guy who started from the bottom like me can seize these types of opportunities in life. It's only now that I have support, after getting into the UFC. No one supported me before that. I used to train at night and work during the day. I used to have to put up with lazy people who'd brag about their accomplishments. Now my focus is to train, train, train. God willing, I'm beating my next opponent."