MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with heavyweight Shawn Jordan, who is now testing free agency since having his UFC contract expired after his last fight.
The former mid-tier UFC and Strikeforce heavyweight fighter sees both the positives and negatives of the UFC/Reebok sponsorship deal:
“The Reebok deal is restrictive. Some guys are losing money, some are making money. I think that’s gonna grow maybe with time, hopefully, kinda like with NFL. Like I’ve said before, the sport is growing so fast, the business end of it is not keeping up. Getting those big fights [outside the UFC], you can make more money in sponsorships than from fighting. That’s something I’ll definitely look into if I do get offers.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 79 featherweight Mike de la Torre as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday morning (November 28, 2015) against Yui Chul Nam at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.
De la Torre is typically extremely aggressive, often times to a fault, and he’s hoping he can be a bit more patient this time around as he feels that will help him against “The Korean Bulldozer:”
“[Yui Chul Nam]’s a scrapper, good wrestling and pushes forward. That’s the kind of fight I like. I don’t have to chase the guy down. He’s gonna come at me. It’s gonna be a really exciting fight. With this guy, it’s gonna be all gameplanning, just being relaxed and not rushing into anything and getting caught, being disciplined.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo as he prepares for his upcoming 25th event which includes an eight man lightweight tournament tonight (November 20, 2015) at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with World Series of Fighting 25 lightweight Luis Palomino as he prepares for his upcoming featured lightweight tournament at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
The former two-time title challenger is coming off back-to-back title defeats, but his confidence is unwavering as he enters this eight-man lightweight tournament:
“I’m just going with the flow right now. I believe in myself. I believe in all the hard work I put in. In both tough battles that I had with Gaethje, I got close, and in the second fight I got even closer. It’s not a matter of me going in there and just getting beat up. That gives me a sense of confidence where my confidence level has not gone down and I’m still well-prepared, well-conditioned and even better now for this tournaments. It’s only a matter of time until I get that shot again. Patishnock is gonna matter because there’s so many people there that I could end up facing. All I know is I’m fighting three men and I’m looking to knock out all of them. I’m looking for a quick finish.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with World Series of Fighting 25 lightweight Jason High as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event against Estevan Payan at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
The former Strikeforce and UFC competitor is competing for the first time after serving a year suspension for pushing a referee, and he went to some dark places during his downtime. He elaborated:
“A year is along time, especially at 34 (years old). It seems so long when you’re in the midst of it but I definitely kicked that around a lot, retiring and just moving on. I just couldn’t do it… It can feel like, especially a guy like you or me, if you’ve been wrestling forever, it can feel like the end of your life. It’s a cliff you’re looking over and you’re thinking, ‘What am I gonna do? …I was driving Uber, doing random shit to stay occupied. Luckily, it really helped to have a gym and these guys around here to give me something to do mostly. I did some jiu-jitsu tournaments just trying to stay busy. If you get to sitting around, you start going to places where you just get really sad. There’s no other word for it.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 146 lightweight Brandon Girtz as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Friday night (November 20, 2015) against Derek Campos at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
The talented 30-year old feels he’s on the brink of making a big move in the Bellator 155-pound division, and it all starts with a big performance this weekend against Campos. Here’s what he had to say about his opponent:
“Derek’s got heavy hands. I think that’s his main thing. What sucks for him is I also see him use his wrestling sometimes which he won’t be able to use against me. Other than that, he’s got heavy hands and he’s a tough guy. He’s got a good double leg once his hands hurt, once he wants to switch directions, but that’s definitely not gonna be anything good for him in this fight.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 78 featherweight Ricardo Lamas as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Saturday night (November 21, 2015) against Diego Sanchez at the Arena Monterray in Monterray, Mexico.
The former title challenger is expect a stiff test from one of the UFC’s most notable veterans, and he’s not planning on taking the aging Sanchez lightly despite his recent performances:
“I think [Diego Sanchez] is just as dangerous as ever. That’s how I’m approaching it. I’m not trying to come into this thinking, ‘Oh, he’s on his way out.’ I’m training for him like he’s in his prime. Diego Sanchez is a guy that gets more dangerous as the fight goes on. He’s always in there. He gets beat for the first two rounds, but I read a stat that he wins more third rounds than most people in the UFC. He gets stronger as the fight progresses and I have to make sure I’m in shape enough to go 100 percent for all three rounds.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 193 middleweight Steve Montgomery as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Dan Kelly this Saturday night (November 14, 2015) at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
Montgomery normally fights at welterweight, but he feels plenty confident taking on the Aussie judo veteran up a weight class on seven weeks’ notice:
“I like this. Daniel Kelly is a bigger version of Tony Sims. Obviously not the same style on the feet, and he’s more of a grappler but he’s a southpaw, he’s six feet tall, and I feel this is a really good chance for redemption to show what I’ve learned from the last loss.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 193 heavyweight Stefan Struve as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Jared Rosholt this Saturday night (November 14, 2015) at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
The nearly seven-foot tall mixed martial artist is brimming with confidence as he prepares to face a very tough and dangerous wrestler, but he expects nothing less than a dominant performance:
“Like every heavyweight, [Jared Rosholt]’s got power. You’ve always gotta look out for that but if I fight my fight, he’s not gonna be able to come near me. He’s not gonna be able to put his hands on me and that’s exactly what’s gonna happen. He’s gonna try to get a hold of me, put me up against the fence but we’re working so hard on turning that around, getting away from there, not ending up there and using my reach, using my striking or countering his attack and putting him on his back and submit him. That’s what’s in my head right now. He’s a really good wrestler, but he’s not an elite fighter in my opinion. He’s not even close to the level of fighter I am. That’s how I see it.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 48 featherweight Josh Quayhagen in advance of his upcoming co-main event this Friday night (November 13, 2015) against Sean Soriano at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The talented regional veteran is coming off the biggest victory of his career and he feels he’ll be putting himself in a really good position if he can defeat a UFC veteran:
“Man, [Sean Soriano] is another good one. I’m really excited about this. He’s a guy coming from the UFC, only lost in the UFC an outstanding striker, fights out of the Blackzilians. He’s just another good test. He’s a guy that’s impressive to me. From the outside, I see myself as an underdog and I like to be there, especially against a guy that’ll strike and not get into the wrestling game. I worked some takedowns for Njokuani, but I like to tackle and get up and strike again. This is a guy I believe we can do that with. He’s gonna wanna strike and I’m gonna wanna strike but this is a guy where I’ll get to test what I love to do and strike.”