Mike Trinh (4-3) is well known in the Legacy cage, with his last fight at Legacy Fighting Championship 55 seeing him defeat Angel Zamora (2-5). He returns at Legacy Fighting Championship 59 to face another old adversary of his, in the undefeated Randy McCullough (3-0).
“This will be my last fight for Legacy under my current contract, and I’m in a great state of mind. I just came back from vacation and I’m focused. In my last fight, my opponent got hurt; then the other one couldn’t make weight. Angel stepped up and we did it. I was lucky someone stepped up to do it, or I’d have been at home watching on TV.”
Trinh got the win in the first round by arm-triangle choke. His next opponent, McCullough, is a fighter he previously faced and was defeated by. For Trinh this fight gives him an opportunity at redemption.
“I lost a split decision in the past. Early in the fight, I fractured my hand and he hit me with a good strike that affected me. My mistake was I was fighting the fight that he wanted. He’s a brawler, and I went out there and played his game. He came in four pounds over. They didn’t tell me until the weigh ins that he wasn’t going to make weight. If I’d known earlier, I could have not cut as much weight. I went in emotionally charged. I went in looking for the knockout and didn’t follow the best game plan, which was my mistake.”
Trinh started his career with Legacy as an amateur in 2012, and went on to capture the bantamweight title in a five-round battle, which resulted in Trinh winning by unanimous decision. In November of 2014 at Legacy Fighting Championship 31, he made his pro debut; a fight he unfortunately lost to David Acosta (3-1).
Trinh came to mixed martial arts later in life, avid about lifting weights and decided to train as a result of watching the UFC. Originally interested in Muay Thai, Trinh went to Metro Fight Club where Saul Soliz, the godfather of Houston MMA, teaches.
Since that loss in October of 2015, Trinh has been working on his fundamental skills.
“I’m focused more on improving grappling, both wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu. I study and work on really improving certain aspects, for example not losing or giving up dominant position. So not doing things like going for leg locks and putting myself in a bad position. My striking is also a lot better. You’ll see a lot of change.”
Trinh has stayed with his trainers and approaches his losses with maturity.
“I’m still with Saul at Metro and Gracie Barra Westchase. They are both excellent places to train. If I lose, it’s me not them. Saul’s a great coach. Westchase is a great place for wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu. Westchase is actually moving buildings on Monday. Large is an understatement for the new building. One side is for Jiu-Jitsu, the other for MMA and striking. The mat is huge. I love it, and can’t wait. A new sand box.”
As a fighter entering his forties and with no intention of stopping soon, Trinh puts extra emphasis on recovery and being thoughtful about his training approach.
“I have got back to cryotherapy and train[ing] smarter. I’m not young anymore. I can train hard but I have to recover better. I still spar hard on Monday and Wednesday nights, do pad work, but my approach is smarter. On Sunday mornings, I run hills. We got to Highway 6. There’s a bunch of fighters who go. I like that place. There’s a two-hundred-meter run on an incline hill, there’s lots to do out there. Derrick Lewis goes there sometimes. My son who does wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu at Westchase and boxing as well comes; he has better cardio than I do.”
With a well thought out approach to training, and two good gyms behind him, Trinh is confident about the rematch at LFC 59.
“I don’t make predictions. I’ll be better prepared, fight a smarter fight and win, simple as that. I’ll come in and stick to what I need to do. I have a lot of confidence in my ability. I’m not worried about anything. Last time we fought at 125 lb; this time we are fighting at 135 lb. I’ve never missed weight. If I sign for 125 lb, I make it; but it’s nice to be able to eat more of the things I like to eat coming up to a fight.”
Born in Vietnam, Trinh moved to the US as a child and is the owner of the popular restaurant, Mike’s Seafood located on Highway 6 in Houston. Trinh’s rise in the restaurant business is a picture into the determination and mentality he brings to the cage. He started selling seafood from the back of trucks after graduating from the University of Houston. At the time, he was working, but reports he wasn’t making much money. Trinh’s in-laws came from a seafood business, and he could see the potential and the profit margin. He’s self-made and built what he has through hard work. Trinh even gets the shrimp from the boats himself, and hauls the heavy bags, which no doubt impacts his strength and physicality that he brings to his fights.
“September marks the tenth year of the restaurant in that center. I’ll either relocate next door or redo the place. I’ll tweak the menu too. I’m in renegotiations right now. I should know by the end of next month what we are going to do and announce it to the customers then.
“First I want to thank Mick and Andrea Maynard and Collin Cantrell for allowing me to fight for them. I want to thank my head coach Saul Soliz, who built me from the ground up. All my training partners at Metro: Adrian Yanez, Kolton Englund, Manny Lozoya, Jason Langelier, Aaron Reeves, and Charles Cheeks. Thanks to Professor Ulpiano, Servando Almarez, Babak Nourzad, Reshad Malik, and Aarron Navarro for helping my ground and striking game. Also special thanks to Tuan Tran, Luis Trejo, and Creepa for taking care of the many obligations that comes with this fight camp.”