Q & A with Maverick MMA 1’s Mike Trizano

Mike Trizano steps on the scale at ROC 54 on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Photo Credit: Ring of Combat.

 

Mike Trizano (2-0 MMA, 0-0 MMMA) will look to earn the inaugural Maverick MMA lightweight strap against Tim Kunkel (2-2 MMA, 0-0 MMMA) at Maverick MMA 1 at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania April 7, 2017. The natural featherweight who accepted the bout on short notice talked to NJ MMA News about training, Kunkel and the lightweight division.

Q: What were your plans before taking this bout?

Trizano: My plan before taking this bout was to take any fight possible because I haven’t fought since June. I was originally supposed to fight for Ring of Combat in February, but fights kept falling through and it didn’t work out.

Q: How did you hear about the opportunity?

Trizano: My coaches were researching other fight promotions that were having events soon since I couldn’t fight in February. They came across Maverick MMA and got me on the card.

Q: Why did you take the fight?

Trizano: I took this fight because I couldn’t get a fight at 145 lbs. No one wanted to fight me. So they moved me up to 155 lbs. and offered me a title shot after (Sharif) Jones ended up not fighting.

Q: Where do you stack up against Kunkel?

Trizano: I stack up very well against Kunkel. Wherever the fight goes, I’m ready, standing or on the ground.

Q: Although you re fighting for a belt, you are still very early in your career, what could this win do for you?

Trizano: This win could put me on the radar as one of the top featherweights and lightweights. A pro title is a pro title, no matter where you are in your career. Not many people get to be a professional champion, especially this early in their career and I am grateful for this opportunity.

Q: When we talked to Shane Burgos in an interview, he said to watch out for you. Obviously you two are teammates, but why should others lookout for you? What do you bring that other fighters may not?

Trizano: Other fighters should look out for me because I am a well-rounded fighter. I am strong, both standing and on the ground. I bring to the table excellent technique that a lot of fighters don’t have.

Q: Your two previous professional bouts were at 145 lbs., is lightweight a class you are planning to stay at?

Trizano: Yes, my previous pro fights were at featherweight. I wasn’t planning to move up or potentially stay at lightweight, but I am comfortable fighting at both weight classes. My weight cut to 145 pounds has not been hard for me so far. If the opportunity comes I would like to be the champion in both.

By NJ MMA News Staff

Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.