MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 33 heavyweight Pat Barry as he prepares for his main card bout this weekend (Dec. 7, 2013 in Australia, but Friday, Dec. 6 in US) against Soa Palelei at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
The fan-favorite kickboxer has spent the majority of his mixed martial arts career fighting inside the UFC’s Octagon, but there were two places he was hoping to never have to compete when he initially signed his contract:
“When I joined UFC, I told them, ‘I know they run the show, but I only had two requests. You don’t have to listen to them, but I would like to never, ever, ever, I’ll fight whoever you want me to, you name them I’ll be there….as long as it’s not in Australia.’ Number two was as long as it’s not in Denver, Colorado. But now look where I’m living (in Denver training at Grudge) and fighting (in Australia).”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with World Series of Fighting 7 lightweight Nick Newell as he prepares for his main card fight this weekend (Dec. 7, 2013) against Sabah Fadai at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The undefeated one-armed fighter has been an incredible story thus far in his mixed martial arts career, and he’s hoping to keep that momentum going against Fadai on Saturday night:
“Fadai has been around. He’s fought a lot of tough guys and he’s fought a bunch of times in MFC. He’s fought all around the world. He has some pretty brutal knockout power from what I’ve seen, some pretty vicious knockouts. He’s also got a good ground game, too. He’s never been submitted and he’s long and lanky. I see a bunch of ways I can beat him both standing and on the ground. I’m ready for a very tough challenge but it’s one I plan on winning.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Invicta Fighting Championship 7 flyweight Carla Esparza as she prepares for her first title defense this Friday night (Dec. 7, 2013) against Claudia Gadelha at Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Team Oyama fighter initially won the belt against Bec Hyatt at the beginning of the year before suffering a knee injury. She’s hoping her big fight experience will be an advantage heading into her first title defense:
“Over here in the US, it’s the top level of MMA. All the best women are coming out of here. You have a few here and there everywhere else but overall, but competition-wise, if I have 10 fights over here, the majority of them are going to be tougher than what you’re going to get in another country. I definitely feel like I have more tough experience and I’ve been pushed more than she has.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy Fighting Championship 26 featherweight Leonard Garcia as he prepares for his headlining bout this Friday night (Dec. 6, 2013) against Kevin Aguilar at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.
The longtime former WEC and UFC veteran lost his job with Zuffa following a five fight losing streak, but has won two straight since signing with Legacy FC earlier this year. He’s hoping to make it three straight this weekend to potentially earn his job back and he explained his recent resurgence:
“I didn’t harp on any negativity and I just went for it, man. I can feel it in training, like I’m back. I’m nipping on guys’ heels like I should be, like Cowboy. During my five fight losing streak, he would beat the breaks off me, man. It was pathetic. I’d go to the gym and leave after training him thinking about quitting MMA just from how bad it was. Now, we’re super competitive again. We’re going at it head to head. It’s just the attitude I’m going into the gym with. I’m going at it with a better feeling.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 33 light heavyweight Ryan Bader as he prepares for his main card bout this weekend (Dec. 7, 2013) against Anthony Perosh at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
The former Ultimate Fighter season eight winner is coming off a tough TKO loss to Glover Teixeira, but he is still brimming with confidence heading into this upcoming bout against the veteran Perosh.
“His stand-up is mediocre. It’s kind of a little wild and that’s what you have to watch out for. He doesn’t really do things right, and you can get caught with something you’re not supposed to be caught with because he does’t react the way you expect if you’re setting something up. I’ve been training with Ryan Jimmo at Power MMA and he fought him two fights ago and knocked him out in seven seconds. Perosh knocked out Vinny Magalhaes so he does have power in his hands. I feel anywhere this fight goes, I’m fine. If I want to take him down, I can do that. If I want to keep it on the feet, I’m fine and even in the jiu-jitsu world, I can hang with him and I can even submit him.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with World Series of Fighting 7 featherweight Lance Palmer as he prepares for his headlining title fight next weekend (Dec. 7, 2013) against Georgi Karakhanyan at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The Team Alpha Male standout prospect has his hands full in his promotional debut, stepping in on short notice to vie for the inaugural WSOF featherweight title, but he’s fully aware of the danger Karakhanyan presents.
“If he does come out aggressive, he knows he can get taken down. I don’t know if he wants to be on the ground with me. He’s active on the ground but I think my pressure will be too much for him. He’s a pretty decent counter striker so if he sets back a bit and lets me come in, he may think that will make it easier to land punches and kick but I’m not worried about any of his game. I’m aware of what he does but I’m very confident in my ability to land.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale heavyweight Jared Rosholt as he prepares for his promotional debut this weekend (Nov. 30, 2013) against Walt Harris at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Team Takedown fighter has been on quite a tear since suffering his lone career defeat to Derrick Lewis over a year ago, and the difference has entirely been the motivation from the loss.
“If you’re a real competitor, I think any time you lose it lights a fire under you. After losing that fight, I realized I probably needed to take a little time and get in better shape and stuff because coming into that fight, I took that fight six months after a knee surgery. I went in there not in the best shape thinking I could finish him in the first round but once it went after that, I was in trouble. I took the next six months to really let my ACL for sure heal up and I started out 2013 with a 7-0 opponent and got it started off right with a couple wins. This will be my fifth fight this year.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale lightweight Gray Maynard as he prepares for his headlining bout this weekend (Nov. 30, 2013) against Nate Diaz at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The former Ultimate Fighter season five standout and two-time title challenger has plenty of experience against Nate Diaz, having fought him once on TUF and once in a prior UFC event, and he feels Diaz’s much ballyhooed boxing is overrated:
“Everybody talks about his boxing, but I really don’t think he has great boxing. If you let him kind of stand in a place and tag you up then yeah, he throws a lot of punches. But angles, boxing angles, power, speed, I don’t see where he’s a great boxer…He has great cardio, but the only knock is they don’t change. If you can deal with it, good. If not, then it’s good for them.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 109 welterweight Rick Hawn as he prepares for his main card tournament final bout tonight (Nov. 22, 2013) against Ron Keslar at the Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The former United States Judo Olympian is gearing up for a chance to win his second straight Bellator tournament tonight, and he’s fully prepared for Ron Keslar’s wrestling ability.
“He comes from a very good camp. They have great coaches there and some great grapplers that he trains with. He has a wrestling-based jiu-jitsu style. I really haven’t seen much of the striking. I don’t think he wants to stand and strike with me much. He just wants to go to the ground where he can use his size and leverage.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with RFA 11 flyweight Matt Manzanares as he prepares for his headlining bout tonight (Nov. 22, 2013) against Zach Makovsky at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
The Cheyenne, Wyoming native is hoping to earn a shot with Ultimate Fighting Championship should he get past the former Bellator bantamweight champion later tonight.
“I know my management has spoken with UFC and Sean Shelby. They’ve been looking at me for a while and they want me to get a few more wins, a few more noticeable wins under my belt which is perfectly fine and understandable. I’ll be ready as soon as they call me. That’s been my dream ever since I started fighting, to be in the UFC. Whenever they decide to call my number, I’ll be ready.”