MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 38 lightweight Michael Johnson as he prepares for main card bout Saturday (March 7, 2014) against Melvin Guillard at the O2 Arena in London, England.
The talented Ultimate Fighter season 12 finalist is on the verge of contention, and he knows he has a tough test ahead of him in his former teammate:
“We broke this down. We know Melvin. We’re used to his style. He was a teammate of ours. We watched plenty of fights. We know exactly how Melvin fights, what he’s good at, what he’s not good at. We’re not really too worried about Melvin’s wrestling. He has wrestling but he never uses it. Melvin’s a stand-up-and-fight kinda guy, which is the same as me. It’s great to know we’ll have a stand-up fight. In the back of my mind, I know if I need to take Melvin down, I can take him down and work my submissions. Me and Jorge Santiago have been working tremendously on jiu-jitsu moves and the basics. I’ve been picking up my level and rolling with every black belt we’ve got in the gym and getting better and better every day. I just have to watch out for Melvin’s right hand.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with RFA 13 lightweight Efrain Escudero as he prepares for his main event bout on tonight (March 7, 2014) against Dakota Cochrane at the Pershing Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The former Ultimate Fighter season eight winner has started to put it all back together again and is currently riding a three-fight winning streak. He knows the UFC could definitely come calling if he impresses tonight:
“This is just another fight. Put another win on my record. I’m looking to get back to the UFC and do what I was originally intentionally hired to do. I want to go in there and showcase and show the world that I am actually a true fighter and I do have that Mexican warrior spirit. Bring it, let’s go out there and have a good time. Let’s enjoy our career. At the end of the day, I enjoy it. I love what I do. Let’s win this one and move on to the next one.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 111 heavyweight Lavar Johnson as he prepares for his tournament quarterfinal bout on Friday night (March 7, 2014) against Ryan Martinez at the Winstar Wold Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
The former Strikeforce and UFC standout is looking to get back on track after suffering from a three-fight losing streak, and he feels his physical advantages will help him be victorious against Martinez:
“I see him trying to take me down. I think he’ll stand and try to bang for a little bit until he realized the reach and power, then I see him trying to shoot and take me down just like everybody else. I think I’ll be stronger. I’ve got a lot more leverage. I’m 6’4, he’s 5’11. I think I’ll be able to control him in the clinch and just wear him down.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 111 featherweight Pat Curran as he prepares for his title fight rematch next Friday night (March 14, 2014) against Daniel Straus at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
The former Bellator featherweight champion has been dealing with personal issues in the last year, and opened up to MMAOddsBreaker with some very personal information:
“I went through a lot leading into that fight [against Straus]. It’s not just that I had an off night. There were a lot of things leading into that. A lot of stress, a lot of extra stress that I went through that really played a toll on me. I’ve been suffering through a lot of depression and anxiety issues. I went and saw a doctor and I’m on the right medication for that. Since I started that, it’s really, really helped. It opened my eyes, cleared the air. The clouds went away and its’ just been so much better since I went to this doctor and started getting help. My cousin, my family has been really supportive and helpful. This is the first time I’ve come out and admitted this. I know a lot of fighters have the same issues, but I just recently found this out. I’m just happy to get that out there and get it off my chest. Now I’m refocused and pissed off that I let that happen to myself. That loss has changed me a lot. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and I’m definitely a lot stronger for this.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 110 featherweight Mike Richman as he prepares for his tournament quarterfinal bout tomorrow night (February 28, 2014) against Desmond Green at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The former marine hasn’t competed against a left-handed fighter in a professional fight, but he’ll be more than ready for the problems Dez Green’s southpaw-style presents due to his variety of training partners:
“Especially with this fight against Dez Green. He’s the first southpaw I ever fought. He’s a wrestler as well. I’ve been working extensively, doing live drills with Jacob Volkmann. He’s a southpaw MMA wrestler. We have a good handful of left-handed fighters in our gym. The variety of talent in our gym is great. It gives a lot of different looks.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan FC 27 lightweight Jorge Gurgel as he prepares for his main event bout tomorrow night (February 28, 2014) against Mike Ricci at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Cincinnati-native hasn’t fought for a year after taking some time off to focus on his gym. He knows why he’s in the main event and he’s hoping for a little anarchy tomorrow night:
“I’m gonna win this main event and then I’m gonna fight for a title and all that’s gonna do is add to my happiness. I’m happy already. I have zero to prove. Mike Ricci is in a completely different spectrum. He needs this. He needs to put me away. He needs to come and knock me out. The guy that bought Titan Fighting Championship, Jeff Aronson, I know their intentions. Of course they put Mike Ricci and I in the main event. They use me as a platform and a feather in his cap so Mike Ricci can look really good and get back to the UFC where he thinks he belongs. He’s the one with his back against the wall. He’s the one who needs to build a life for himself and his reputation with a win over me. I’m not fighting to prove anything to anyone. I never have. If Mike Ricci sees me as a stepping stone, he’s making a tremendous mistake”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 110 light heavyweight “King Mo” Lawal as he prepares for his main card tournament semifinal bout tomorrow night (February 28, 2014) against Mikhail Zayats at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion knows he has a tough test in front of him, but he feels his wrestling will be the ultimate deciding factor:
“I’ve got to pressure him. I’ve got to take him down, keep my hands in his face. I’ve got to pressure him, keep him moving backwards. I can’t let him get in the groove and do all the things he does with his hands. I’ve got to force him to move backwards, touch his body, take him down, punish him, smother him. It’s gonna be like a grind. I’ve got to fight him like a collegiate wrestling match. Grind it out. That’s the best way to beat them Russians.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with TUF China coach Cung Le as he prepares for his pupils’ TUF China Finale this Saturday (March 1, 2014) at the CotaiArena in Cotai, Macao, China.
The former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion revealed his thoughts on the state of MMA in China after getting a first-hand look at the talent from coaching this past season of TUF China:
” [China] has really good talent. They just have very bad coaching. So they need to catch up. They really need to catch up. If they’re smart, they should come here [to America] because I’m not sure how many great coaches will have the time to go out there and coach them. Any decent coach can make a big difference for those guys because they pick it up real quick.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 170 welterweight Mike Pyle as he prepares for his main card bout Saturday night (Feb. 22, 2014) against TJ Waldburger at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The longtime veteran understands that he has a tough test ahead of him in the younger Waldburger, but he feels he’s more than up for the challenge:
“I’ve been breaking [TJ Waldburger] down, of course. Mainly, he’s a submission guy. He prefers to be in the grappling aspect of the game. We’re just not gonna let him get comfortable. We’re not gonna let him set a pace at all. He does have heavy hands and he’ll throw ‘em. He can kick, he can do it all. He’s a mixed martial artist. He’s a serious threat to me that night and I’m gonna make sure that I’m on my game and 100 percent accurate on the gameplan and come out on top.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 170 light heavyweight Daniel Cormier as he prepares for his co-main event bout Saturday night (Feb. 22, 2014) against Pat Cummins at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Editor’s note: This interview took place when Cormier was expecting to face Rashad Evans, but still provides plenty of unique insight into DC’s mindset as he prepares for his debut at 205 pounds.
The talented former Olympian realizes the importance of self-promotion, and he had some very strong words to potentially cement himself as a upcoming light heavyweight title challenger:
“People are very excited about an Alexander Gustafsson rematch, right? They are. Put me in there against Jon Jones, I’ll beat Jon Jones. So instead of promoting the guy that already lost to the champion, promote the champion trying to reclaim his title. It means more. I’ll beat him. So give me the opportunity to fight him if I get past [this fight] and then promote him trying to get his championship back. That’s more than just trying to promote against a guy who gave him a tough match.”