06 Nov - 
UFC 229 brawl participant Islam Makhachev booked vs. Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 233

It appears Islam Makhachev won’t be cut from the UFC. Instead, he’s been booked against Francisco Trinaldo in a lightweight bout at January’s UFC 233 event.

Makhachev (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is a teammate of UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and was one of the fighters involved in the post-UFC 229 brawl with Conor McGregor. At one point it was threatened that those who played a role in the mayhem would never step in the octagon again, but that’s been proven false with the matchup against Trinaldo (23-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC).

UFC officials today announced the bout for UFC 233, which takes place Jan. 26 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims expected for ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

The issues involving the UFC 229 brawl aside, Makhachev has been nothing short out outstanding in the cage through his career thus far. The 27-year-old has lost just once, and is currently riding a four-fight winning streak that includes back-to-back first-round finishes of Kajan Johnson and Gleison Tibau.

Makhachev’s run of fighting tough competition will continue against Trinaldo, who has won in nine of his past 11 trips to the octagon. The 40-year-old has been on a strong run in recent years and has picked up notable wins over the likes of Evan Dunham, Jim Miller, Paul Felder, and more. “Massuranduba” will fight outside his native Brazil for just the fifth time in his career when he competes at UFC 233.

The latest UFC 233 lineup now includes:

  • Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Paul Felder vs. James Vick

For more on UFC 233, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.