It looks like the UFC is starting to gear up for it's first trip to Mexico City (expected for sometime this spring) and has picked up undefeated former welterweight Frank Trevino in preparation for the promotions first trip to Mexico. MMAjunkie has the report.
Trevino, 31, is undefeated at 11-0, fighting almost entirely out of South Texas Fighting Championships. He's spent the majority of his career at welterweight, but will be dropping to lightweight for his UFC debut. A product of Macaco Gold Team, under Jorge Patino, (the stateside home of Charles Oliveira) Trevino's record is well split between submissions, knockouts, and decisions. Similarly his opponents are a mixed bag of regional prospects, journeymen, and overly green competition, he has no notable wins to date.
Watching his fights, there are a few worthwhile points to take note of. First and foremost, Trevino certainly looks to have been undersized for welterweight (and formerly middleweight) and it probably served him well on the regional circuit where he was faster and had more energy than his competition. Otherwise, he has a decent mix of strikes and a willingness to throw them all, sprinkling headkicks and knees liberally into his arsenal. He strikes much more comfortably in the clinch than he does at range where his abominable footwork often gets in his way. He has nice elbows inside though and has at least one KO via elbow strikes from the clinch. His ground game looks pretty raw and is based much more on strength than technique, a problem that has often gotten him into trouble against larger fighters.
No debut date or opponent has been set for Trevino, but he's gunning for the UFC's first trip to Mexico sometime next spring. Honestly, without a lot of improvement, he's going to struggle, even at the bottom end of the UFC's lightweight division. Here's some footage of one of his more recent fights to get us acquainted:
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