Mike Trizano is quick to make plans.
At least when it come to fighting that is.
Trizano (3-0 MMA, 2-0 ROC) captured his first professional title by knocking out Tim Kunkel in the first round at Maverick MMA 1 on Friday, April 7, 2017. A natural 145 lbs. fighter, he became the lightweight champion of the promotion that night.
Two months later, Trizano is scheduled to compete again, this time for his third appearance under Ring of Combat banner. It is a bout he scheduled before he stepped inside the Maverick MMA cage.
Trizano is eyeing a ROC title run and wasting no time in his pursuit of the strap.
“I want to fight as much as possible this year,” Trizano said. “As long as I’m healthy, I’m ready to fight.”
In his second fight of 2017, Trizano is set to face Eddie Lenoci (4-2 MMA, 4-2 ROC) at ROC 59 on Friday, June 2, 2017. After the cage door shuts, Trizano will tie the same amount of fights he competed during his 2016 campaign.
Trizano is moving back to featherweight and his plans for the Maverick 155 lbs. division will be put on hold. His bout with Maverick MMA kept the “Lone Wolf” in fighting condition and he can see himself fighting for the Pennsylvania-based promotion again.
“I plan to continue competing for both events,” Trizano.
As for now, Trizano wants a 145 lbs. belt to add to his collection. Ideally, the 25-year-old wants his shot at the ROC trap, but not yet.
His friend and Tiger Shulmann training partner is current ROC Featherweight Champion Julio Arce. Also competing on the ROC 59 card, Arce is defending his strap for the second time when he takes on Tim Dooling in the co-main event.
Arce is pegged at the No. 7 featherweight in the Northeast according to Tapology. Trizano said it is only a matter of time until Arce receives a call from the UFC.
“I think he is really close, he is one of the top 145 lbs. fighters around,” Trizano said. “I’ve been telling him to get to the UFC already so I can take the belt.”
If Arce stays of the UFC radar, Trizano plans to compete for the ROC lightweight strap. It is a title which is also held by another Tiger Shulmann fighter in Bradley Desir.
Desir is currently showing interest outside of ROC and is competing at Bellator 180 on June 24, 2017.
As Trizano waits for his chance to take a ROC strap, he ca only focus on the one thing he can control, winning his next fight and moving on the the next bout.
“I’ve stayed in fight shape since Maverick MMA and train everyday,” Trizano said. “‘The Lone Wolf’ doesn’t take any breaks.”
By Connor Northrup