MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 183 middleweight Tim Boetsch about his upcoming main card bout this Saturday night (Jan. 31, 2015) against Thales Leites at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The longtime UFC veteran knows Leites possesses a terrific ground game, but he’s expecting the Brazilian to continue his recent trend of aggressive striking in this bout:
“I think with the level of success [Thales Leites has] had his last few fights with that formula, I don’t see him straying at all. He’s definitely more confident in his striking ability than in the past and for good reason. He’s hitting people hard and hurting them. Why would he abandon that? That’s definitely something I expect to see early on in the fight. On paper, this looks like this is going to be an exciting fight if he goes with that style. It’s not technical, clean striking, but this is MMA and you don’t need to be a technical striker to be efficient. What he does is he puts a little fear into guys early and that opens up a whole new game for him. Once he gets that bully effect in the Octagon, it certainly lends to his game. Part of our game is just not allowing that to happen. He can try to come out and bully me early but I have to shut him down as quick as I can.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 14 middleweight Gegard Mousasi about his upcoming co-main event bout this Saturday night (Jan. 24, 2015) against Dan Henderson at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholme, Sweden.
The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion has a significant 15-year age advantage heading into this bout, and he feels it will be a huge benefit to him as long as he doesn’t let Henderson get comfortable:
“He’s experienced, he’s seasoned, but on the other side, all those years of competition wears you out. That’s exactly what I think is happening with Dan Henderson now, he’s just worn out. You can’t compete year in, year out. I think that’s the problem with Dan now. But still, he has the experience, the knowledge. He’s smart. He’s gonna fight. He’s gonna try to fight his way. That’s the experience you get being a competitor for so long. I shouldn’t be fighting at his rhythm because if I do that, even if he’s old, he’s gonna have a good fight. I have to fight my fight. That’s the most important thing.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 14 middleweight Dan Henderson about his upcoming co-main event bout this Saturday night (Jan. 24, 2015) against Gegard Mousasi at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholme, Sweden.
The talented former multi-divisional Pride champion feels there are still plenty of great fights for him in his career despite being 44 years old:
“There are so many guys at both weight classes that are right there that won’t be an easy fight for me for the rest of my career and I don’t want an easy fight. I want to fight the top guys and start getting closer to my goal of getting that UFC belt… There’s a lot of good match-ups I think the fans would want to see. The fans would love to see me and Anderson Silva again. He’s back, but I’ve got a tough guy in Gegard [Mousasi] that I need to beat first.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 59 welterweight John Howard about his upcoming preliminary card bout tomorrow night (Jan. 18, 2015) against Lorenz Larkin at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
The veteran and Massachusetts native has experience against plenty of solid strikers, and he feels his superior chin could make all the difference come fight time:
“He’s a good striker and a powerful striker. It’s gonna be a chess match, but once someone makes a wrong move, we’ve got to expose it. He’s a power hitter, I’m a power hitter. It’s gonna start off slow, a little boring, but once we get each other figured out, we’re just gonna go HAM. The difference between me and him is he’s been knocked out before. I haven’t. Not to say he can’t knock me out, but it’s been proved before he can be knocked out and I’ve fought some of the best strikers in the world and I haven’t been knocked out. Everyone knows that I’m one of the heavy hitters.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with World Series of Fighting 17 lightweight Johnny Nunez about his upcoming co-main event bout against Joe Condon tonight (Jan. 17, 2015) at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The undefeated prospect has a tough test ahead of him in the late notice replacement, but he feels all the work he’s been putting in with the returning Gray Maynard has prepared him for success:
“We wrestle three or four times a week. I was getting [Gray Maynard] ready for the wrestling matches at Battle at the Garden. He actually wrestled my last opponent, Ozzy Dugulubgov. He wrestled him and put a spanking on him. It was cool. It’s good to have him back. I used to train with him back in the day when he was with Xtreme and he left but now he’s back. I feel like things are falling into place again.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 133 welterweight Fernando Gonzalez as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Marius Zaromskis tonight (January 16, 2015) at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The talented Team Quest member is on a roll in Bellator, but many fans aren’t familiar with him just yet. He’s hoping to change that mindset come fight time:
“Up until now, I haven’t really proven myself. I’ve won two fights in a row but people could say it was a fluke. I caught Karo pretty quickly as well. I know with Zaromskis, he’s a really good striker and people know him pretty well from the Dream tournament so I know if I put him away, people will think differently about me.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 133 light heavyweight Virgil Zwicker as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Houston Alexander this Friday (January 16, 2015) at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The last time these two men faced each other, it was a close battle which resulted in a draw due to a point deduction after Alexander head-butted Zwicker. The Team Quest product reflected on their last contest:
“It goes both ways. [Houston Alexander] left the door open by head-butting me. If he had done what he was supposed to do, doing his gameplan, I don’t know. I thought I had beat him up a lot. He took me down three or four times. He had good control in those rounds, but every time I got to my feet I punished him. I was happy with a draw rather than a loss. I thought he had better control of me for a little bit. I knew I had hurt him and had a chance to finish him in that fight, but I got overzealous. I was trying not to gas out on five day’s notice. That being said, the head butts opened the door for rounds four, five and six and that’s what we’re doing on Friday.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 133 featherweight Bubba Jenkins as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event bout against Georgi Karakhanyan this Friday (January 16, 2015) at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The former All-American wrestler out of Penn State has trained with Karakhanyan in the past, but he expects to be a completely different fighter come Friday night:
“If [Georgi Karakhanyan]‘s thinking that he’s going to fight the same person he trained against, he’s completely preparing for the wrong fight. That would be a very ill-willed thought on his process. The same mindset applies to me. I know how fast I’ve developed, how far I’ve come and how quickly I’ve learned. I have to believe other people are doing the same thing with their development. I know he’s automatically strong. You don’t get weaker if you work out and train like I know he has been. I know he loves to kick. That doesn’t leave. That’s a habit, just like I love to take people down and beat them up. As much as I want to gameplan to knock people out, but I go out there and shoot the hell out of them.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 133 featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event bout against Bubba Jenkins this Friday (January 16, 2015) at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The former World Series of Fighting featherweight champion is looking to start anew in his second stint with Bellator and it all begins with a fighter he’s pretty familiar with:
“I’ve watched a lot of tape on [Bubba Jenkins] and I watched his last two fights. He has evolved and in the past I trained with him when I was getting ready to fight Lance Palmer. We trained like 3-4 days. We didn’t do anything crazy. We wrestled. He gave me advice, I gave him advice and that’s about it. I’m not going to underestimate him. I know he’s a great wrestler and I watched some of his wrestling videos but this is mixed martial arts. I’m going in there well-prepared and I’m ready for a three round war.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with RFA 22 welterweight Chidi Njokuani about his upcoming headlining bout against Gilbert Smith this Friday night (January 9, 2015) at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The talented 26-year old has only lost one of his last eight bouts and he feels he’s very well prepared for the style of fighting Smith will bring to the table due to his training partners:
“I think I’m gonna have to force it to stay on the feet. I don’t expect him to want to stand up with me because he’s more of a grappling based guy. I don’t doubt that he’s not gonna come out throwing punches either… It’s crazy. one of my training partners is built the exact same way and he’s a southpaw and a wrestler. It was too perfect. Same height and everything. I’ve got Jon Fitch too.’