At 44-years young, welterweight (and former lightweight) Francisco Trinaldo anchored the UFC Vegas 61 co-main event against Randy Brown, a man 12 years his junior.
Both men entered on modest win streaks, Trinaldo having won two straight, and Brown three.
Round 1 Brown worked jabs and front kicks to keep Trinaldo at bay. A straight right hand dropped Trinaldo, but Brown did not follow up as he wanted to force Trinaldo to stand. Near the end of the round Trinaldo go in on a takedown that would have worked had it not been for a blatant fence grab by Brown. No points were taken from Brown for it.
Round 2 was all Brown working the distance and high kicks. Side kicks to the lead knee were effective. Trinaldo did have a couple of flurries once he got inside, but nothing came of it.
Round 3 Brown continued to land from range, but Trinaldo was more aggressive feeling that he was likely down two rounds. He tried to land the head kick as his corners felt Brown was leaning one way, but was unable to. Trinaldo finally got Brown to the ground where he wanted him and he tried to land damage and finish the fight, but Brown was able to defend himself and survive the round.
Official Result: Randy Brown def. Francisco Trinaldo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)