After Fighting Out Contract, Francisco Trinaldo Exits UFC

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Francisco Trinaldo, UFC Vegas 61 weigh-in Credit: Rodney James Edgar/Cageside Press

Longtime UFC veteran Francisco Trinaldo, who had been one of the oldest fighters on the promotion’s active roster, is no longer with the company.

UFC Roster Watch, an automated service that monitors the promotion’s fighter database, first noted Trinaldo’s removal on Wednesday. A later report by MMA Fighting subsequently clarified that Trinaldo’s October fight against Randy Brown had been the final bout on his contract with the UFC.

The fighter has not been re-signed, exiting the company after 26 appearances inside the octagon.

Best known as a lightweight, the Brazilian, now 44-years old, joined the UFC in 2012 after appearing on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Fighting as a middleweight, Trinaldo won his first TUF bout, and was eliminated in his second, but joined the UFC nonetheless, immediately dropping to lightweight.

From 2014 to 2016, Trinaldo embarked on an impressive seven-fight win streak that saw him earn a victory over fan-favorite Paul Felder. Among the former Jungle Fights champion’s highlights, he also holds wins over Jim Miller, Ross Pearson, Chad Laprise, and Bobby Green.

Both Pearson and Laprise are former Ultimate Fighter winners.

In 2021, Trinaldo made the move up to the welterweight division, posting a 2-2 record in a run that ended with the loss to Brown.

Francisco Trinaldo finishes his UFC tenure with a record of 18-8. He has yet to comment on what his future holds.