Mike Trizano: A lone wolf does anything to survive

Mike Trizano

UFC featherweight Mike Trizano (8-1) is ready to get back to business. “The Lone Wolf” last fought in May 2019 at UFC Rochester. He suffered a loss to Grant Dawson (15-1) submitting to a rear-naked choke in round two. That became his first loss in his entire amateur and pro career which includes wins over Luis Pena, Joe Giannetti, and John Gunther.

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, the 28-year-old told The Scrap he’s been training on his own by running and biking. Trizano said he is looking to return to the Octagon in late May or early June.

During his long layoff, the Tiger Schulmann prospect said he underwent knee surgery. Trizano stated that a knee injury limited him to what he could do and he was only able to train at 50 percent. The fighter said he is ready to get back to the grind. “I miss the violence. I’m feeling great. I just want to get back to training.”

When asked why he chose “The Lone Wolf” as his moniker, Trizano admitted, “The wolf is my favorite animal, man. I’ve got a big family so I’m not alone. In the cage you’re all alone though, it’s just you and your opponent. You’ve got to do anything to survive and that’s what a lone wolf’s got to do. You have to adapt to any situation; you’ve got to survive. That’s what I do.”

Trizano said he had a pretty normal childhood and grew up playing many different sports. “I played baseball, lacrosse, football … You name it, I did it.”

“The Lone Wolf” said he ultimately decided on a fighting career because “I just like fighting and I like challenging myself. I like to test my body and test my mind and fighting is just the perfect fit. It’s the one thing that kind of clicked for me.”

When asked what his mother thought when he told her that he wanted to be a fighter, Trizano revealed, “She wasn’t really happy about it. What mom wants to see their kid get punched and kicked?”

As far as family support for his career, he proudly stated that his parents support him 100 percent. “My family is always there no matter what. No matter where I fight, anywhere in the world they will be there. The support that they have for me is motivation in itself. I just want them to be proud and I know they are proud regardless. That’s my motivation right there.”