Mike Trizano says Luis Pena’s Sasquatch reach only place he holds advantage at UFC Denver

DENVER – “The Ultimate Fighter 27” winner Mike Trizano knows Luis Pena believes he should have been the season champion, but he isn’t taking their post-show matchup personal.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Trizano told MMAjunkie. “A lot of people are having trouble finding opponents. Mine called me out, so I was like, ‘OK, I don’t got to look for somebody.'”

Trizano (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Pena (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meet on the FS1-broadcast main card of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 139 event at Pepsi Center in Denver. It’s a fight for which Pena lobbied, since he believes Trizano holds an honor that was earned in part because “Violent Bob Ross” was forced out of the competition.

Trizano simply isn’t seeing it as some personal rivalry.

“It’s just another fight, man,” Trizano said. “I’m just excited to be here. I treat every fight like it’s a step up, and it always is. It just gets tougher and tougher, so I’ve just got to keep improving myself and training hard and kicking butt – that’s it.”

Trizano claimed the “TUF 27” tournament win with a split-decision win over Joe Gianetti in the July live finale. It wasn’t the most impressive performance of Trizano’s career, even if it did get the job done. Still, he says everyone has off night’s from time to time.

“I learn from every single one of my fights, so I always go back, watch my previous fight, see what I can make better and just overall improve my game,” Trizano said. “I mean, you can’t predict what’s going to happen in a fight.

People can say, ‘Oh, it’s going to end this way, it’s going to end that way,’ but it’s unpredictable. You’ve got be ready for anything. I’m always ready for anything, so I can go anywhere at anytime.”

Pena picked up a “Performance of the Night” bonus on that same card, perhaps solidifying his claim that injury was the only way he would have fallen short of his goal. Trizano said he’s studied his opponent and respects his game but believes he’ll prove his worth on Saturday night.

“He definitely has a big advantage on reach,” Trizano said. “He’s like a Sasquatch, but I really think that’s the only advantage he has: the length and the reach – but, just close the distance and hit him hard.”

To hear more from Trizano, check out the video above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 139, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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