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Eager for Kevin Lee rematch, Francisco Trinaldo cites Anthony Pettis and Dustin Poirier as ideal opponents

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SAO PAULO, Brazil — Francisco Trinaldo already has a list of opponents in mind for his next bouts after going back to the winning column in the UFC.

Moments after defeating Jim Miller in the main card portion of UFC Sao Paulo last month, the charismatic Brazilian lightweight was quick to inform the media that he wants another shot at the last man to beat him, Kevin Lee.

Lee submitted Trinaldo back in March, snapping the longest winning streak of the Brazilian’s MMA career (seven) with a second-round rear-naked choke.

“That’s what I always say, hard fight, hard work,” Trinaldo said of his decision win over Miller. “I’m happy for the win. And no one needs to ask me: I was coming off a loss, I lost to a guy I know I’m superior. We will still meet down the road and I will give him that loss back.”

With a win over a veteran like Miller, Trinaldo hopes to meet a ranked lightweight next.

“Two great fighters that (Miller) fought were Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway,” said Trinaldo, who actually meant Pettis and Dustin Poirier, the last fighters to beat Miller prior to UFC Sao Paulo. “Those two opponents are great fights for ‘Massaranduba.’ Any time they want to fight ‘Massaranduba,’ ‘Massaranduba’ will be ready for them.”

Pettis, a former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, is slated to meet Poirier in the main event of UFC Norfolk on Saturday.

Trinaldo (22-5) now has eight wins in his last nine appearances in the UFC over the past three years, including wins over the likes of Paul Felder, Yancy Medeiros, Norman Parke, Ross Pearson and Chad Laprise.


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