Brazil’s Francisco Trinaldo has been a staple of the UFC for over a decade. It was recently announced that the 44-year-old athlete ‘Massaranduba’ has been cut from the UFC.

On Twitter, it was announced through ‘UFC Roster Watch:’ “❌ Fighter removed: Francisco Trinaldo”

Francisco Trinaldo cut from the UFC

‘Massaranduba’ Francisco Trinaldo made his UFC debut in June of 2012. Along the way, this Brazilian-born athlete has fought notable fighters such as Gleison Tibau, Michael Chiesa, Ross Pearson, Evan Dunham, James Vick, Paul Felder, Kevin Lee, and Bobby Green, among many others.

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Francisco Trinaldo has earned a 2-2 record since 2021. With wins over Danny Roberts and Dwight Grant, but losses to Muslim Salikhov and, most recently, Randy Brown.

The 44-year-old ‘Massaranduba’ is a veteran MMA fighter having competed in over 35 bouts in his professional career. This Brazilian athlete made his debut in MMA back in 2006 and since earned a 28-9 record. Plus going, 1-1 in exhibition bouts as he competed on TUF Brazil.

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Francisco Trinaldo represented the middle class in the UFC. A consistent staple who was skilled but never fought for a world title. ‘Massaranduba’ earned a viable career in the UFC. Before becoming an active MMA fighter, Trinaldo was jumping from job to job. In a 2016 interview with MMA Junkie, the Brazilian athlete explained:

“When I moved to Brasilia (capital of Brazil), I didn’t have a career or prospects. I’d spent all my life working in the field. What could I do in the city? I worked at a pizza place, I did construction work, I painted houses, did carpentry. I worked as a security guard.”

As for life in MMA, Trinaldo simply treats it as his day job, he explained:

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“I train three times a day. Regular workers have what, nine-hour days? I do pretty much the same. On Sundays I rest, I go to the park, to the movies. It’s my day to treat myself like a king.”

MMA fans will wait and see what’s next for the 44-year-old ‘Massaranduba’ Francisco Trinaldo

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