Bobby Green (@1.9) vs Francisco Trinaldo (@1.9)
16-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Francisco Trinaldo will win

Bobby Green – Francisco Trinaldo Match Prediction | 16-11-2019 21:30

Trinaldo also has an underrated kicking game, both in terms of round-kicks off his rear leg and a wicked rear knee (using it as an intercepting counter to the body against Evan Dunham to finish him, and as a tool to punish Ross Pearsons ducking under fire against the fence). Trinaldo is one of the most underrated fighters at any weight class, mostly because (for a lightweight) hes fairly old and seems a bit cumbersome; however, Trinaldo is undoubtedly one of the better kickboxers in the fairly deep lightweight division. Trinaldo does a good job creating opportunities for his counters; hes strong on the front foot so his opponent cant really pick their spots, he can jab (facing both southpaw and orthodox opponents) to measure distance and draw out counters, and he can feint entries to force reactions. Trinaldo is deceptively hard to hit clean to the head, with solid defense in the pocket, and this enables counters off both hands, often in combination; Trinaldo can slip straight shots and come over the top or down the center with lefts (or counter to the body, as he did to wind Kevin Lee with an uppercut to the sternum), or pull back and land check right hooks as his opponent extends on their rear hand. This stems a lot from his strength on the counter; Massaranduba is a genuine power-puncher, and he puts it to good use with a strong southpaw counterpunching game that has proven actionable against a variety of fighters.

The defining question of the fight, however, is whether Trinaldoll be able to either withstand the pace deep or dissuade Hernandez from putting a pace on at all; while Hernandez is much less refined technically than Trinaldo, his youth and athleticism can bail him out of bad spots where Trinaldo generally cant say the same, and its possible that (even though Trinaldo is competitive if not better in the clinch) Trinaldos stamina issues play a part here in the wrestling and the clinch exchanges if he cant limit them. The Hernandez/Cerrone bout is encouraging for Trinaldo in that sense; Cerrones counter-knees eventually convinced Hernandez to stop barreling forward, and while Hernandez just ignored OAMs counters on his way into the clinch, Trinaldo is one of the heavier-handed lightweights and running into his punches is hardly a sustainable way to push a pace. Trinaldo should be able to dominate the early action against Hernandez; Hernandez isnt a thoughtful-enough striker to avoid getting laced with counters on the way in, and hes extremely hittable (where Trinaldo is capable on the lead, so can just reach out and hit Hernandez whenever he feels like doing so). Its possible that Hernandez takes over late, but he doesnt have the tools to make it too likely.

Hernandez can fight from both stances to some extent, he can hit with power when he needs to (as he did to finish Dariush and sting Cerrone early), he showed some good scrambling against Cerrone and OAM, and he can keep a good pace; essentially, given his sort of fight, hes fairly difficult to beat. Truthfully, Hernandezs showing against Dariush turned out to be a bit of an anomaly; while he has decent power, he hasnt looked like the sort of monstrous puncher he looked like at UFC 222 in his two other UFC showings. However, he looked quite good in his extended UFC showing, the win against Aubin-Mercier; Hernandez played a swarming sort of style in that bout, driving a heavy pace and flurrying to push OAM back and deal damage with knees in the clinch as he looked for takedowns and control.

Not only did the Dariush fight get him an immediate spot adjacent to (if not in) the top 15, it got him immediate credibility as a man to watch out for, and he cemented himself as a contender with a win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier in Calgary. That notoriety was parlayed into a fight against Donald Cowboy Cerrone, a fight in which Hernandez came up short. Trinaldo would be on the level of Dariush as a win for Hernandez, an excellent fighter who has generally sat between #10 and #20 at 155; if Hernandez can defeat him, it means that Hernandez is (despite his most recent loss) here to stay. Alexander Hernandezs debut in the UFC was the best one could ever hope for; filling in on short notice for Bobby Green at UFC 222, Hernandez debuted against an extremely skilled former lightweight contender in Beneil Dariush and knocked him out in 42 seconds.

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This worked against Dariush, a notorious slow-starter who wasnt really known for durability, but against Cerrone, this distinction became very clear; while Cerrones troubles against sound pressure-fighters (RDA, Till) were well-known, Hernandezs predictable entries (running into the pocket without any sort of feinting or even much variance) just ran him into intercepting knees over and over, and Cerrone was able to eventually start running Hernandez backwards with combinations as Hernandez just backtracked under fire without much of a counter-threat. Hernandezs swarming cant really be considered measured pressure; he doesnt tend to cut the cage with his feet nor his attacks, he generally just looks to push the pace by forcing close-quarters and gunning for the head. The problems with Hernandez tend to come on the technical side, as he doesnt bring a whole lot of craft to his striking. Despite his flaws, Hernandez is undoubtedly a strong prospect, and he isnt deep enough into his career to outright rule out improvements to his game; in San Antonio, hell have an opportunity to show if hes made any.

On April 21, Green defeated Dom O'Grady by unanimous decision to win the King of the Cage Lightweight Championship. Following the loss, Green began a successful run in the King of the Cage promotion. On February 25, 2010, Green defeated Ricky Legere via first-round TKO to win the King of the Cage Junior Welterweight Championship at KOTC Arrival at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California.[8] He eventually defended the title once before losing it to Tim Means.

Green was born in San Bernardino, California and became a foster child when he was five years old. Green began wrestling in his sophomore year at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, California, placing twice in the state tournament.

Dillashaw. Trinaldo was originally set to face Islam Makhachev on January 26, 2019 at UFC 233,[36] however, Makhachev was forced out of the bout due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Alexander Hernandez.[37] In turn, Hernandez was pulled from that fight in favor of a bout with UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Donald Cerrone a week earlier at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs.

Alexander Hernandezs debut in the UFC was the best one could ever hope for; filling in on short notice for Bobby Green at UFC 222, Hernandez debuted against an extremely skilled former lightweight contender in Beneil Dariush and knocked him out in 42 seconds. That notoriety was parlayed into a fight against Donald Cowboy Cerrone, a fight in which Hernandez came up short. Not only did the Dariush fight get him an immediate spot adjacent to (if not in) the top 15, it got him immediate credibility as a man to watch out for, and he cemented himself as a contender with a win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier in Calgary. Trinaldo would be on the level of Dariush as a win for Hernandez, an excellent fighter who has generally sat between #10 and #20 at 155; if Hernandez can defeat him, it means that Hernandez is (despite his most recent loss) here to stay.

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A win over Alexander Hernandez would get Trinaldo back into the rankings and ideally get him more respect as a top fighter with astonishing longevity (even if any title hopes are unlikely in a deep division teeming with fairly young talent). Francisco Trinaldo has been one of the most consistent performers in the division for a long time, and he was able to build an impressive seven-win streak between 2014 and 2016; unfortunately, like the less marketable Brazilians in many other divisions (Raphael Assuncao, Jussier Formiga), the UFC didnt seem to find much utility in promoting him as a possible top fighter, and his eventual losses to Kevin Lee and James Vick cemented him as a test for prospects that only the strongest can pass.