Michael Trizano hopeful for new UFC contract and a renewed push in his prime

NEW YORK – Michael Trizano beat Seungwoo Choi with a first-round knockout Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Take a look inside the fight with Trizano, who snapped a two-fight skid for his first win in 18 months.

Seungwoo Choi vs. Michael Trizano

Nov 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Michael Trizano (red gloves) defeats Seungwoo Choi (blue gloves) during UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

Result: Michael Trizano def. Seungwoo Choi via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:51
Updated records: Trizano (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), Choi (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC)
Key stat: Trizano’s knockout was his first finish in five years.

Trizano on the fight's key moment

Nov 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Michael Trizano (red gloves) and Seungwoo Choi (blue gloves) during UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

“Thank God it wasn’t a double knockout. That’s never happened to me. It was just a flash knockdown. I just got up and had to keep going. He clipped me with some shots, but I wasn’t hurt.”

Trizano on snapping his skid

Nov 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Michael Trizano (red gloves) defeats Seungwoo Choi (blue gloves) during UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

“(That was) one of the best moments of my life. My coaches, my team got me so prepared, so hyped for this. I went in there with my back against the wall – two losses, it was the last fight on my contract, Madison Square Garden, the biggest card of the year … I had to go out there and make a statement, and I was not going to be denied.”

Trizano on what he wants next

Nov 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Michael Trizano (red gloves) and Seungwoo Choi (blue gloves) during UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

“Let’s renegotiate (my contract and get back) as soon as possible. At the beginning of my UFC career, I was injured. I wasn’t as active as I want to be. I fought three times this year. I feel like I’m just hitting my stride. I’m just coming into my own. I’m young, I’m hungry and I want to keep going.”

To hear more from Trizano, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 281.

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