MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 184 welterweight Tim Means about his upcoming preliminary card bout tonight (February 28, 2015) against Dhiego Lima at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The powerful Arizona-native has hurt his last two opponents early but failed to put them away, and he’s not planning on letting history repeat itself tonight should he hurt Lima at any point:

“[Dhiego Lima] likes to bully. He likes to get in your face. He seems to have a little bit of everything on the ground, ground and pound, stand-up. I’m just gonna expect him to run into a firefight and I have to catch him first. Whatever I can hit him with at that given time, it’s just a matter of reacting… It’s hard to say exactly what’s gonna happen. I had opponents hurt in my last two fights and I let it get away. I let the momentum get away. This fight I don’t want that to happen. If he gets hurt, I want to shut him down.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 184 middleweight Mark Munoz about his upcoming preliminary card bout tonight (February 28, 2015) against Roan Carneiro at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The “Filipino Wrecking Machine” isn’t taking his short notice replacement opponent lightly, and he’s been preparing specifically for Carneiro ever since the bout was announced:

“I gameplanned for this fight. I’ve added new things. I think you need to reinvent yourself when you step into the Octagon. Sure you’re gonna have the same tendency, but if you have a different weapon when you go into the Octagon the next time, I think you’re that much stronger and that much more unpredictable. I think that’s the key for me in this fight. I need to be unpredictable whether he thinks I’m shooting or punching or kneeing. That’s what I need. I need to have him off balance. I can’t have him just thinking I’m gonna shoot the whole time and take him down.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 184 lightweight James Krause about his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday night (February 28, 2015) against Valmir Lazaro at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The talented veteran knows he’s faced significantly stiffer competition throughout his career than Lazaro has, and he feels it will be a huge advantage for him come fight time:

“Let’s take a solid look at who [Valmir Lazaro] has knocked out. Name one person. You can’t. They’re a bunch of nobodies. He fought a bunch of nobodies in Brazil. And that’s not a shot on him, that’s just a fact. He’s knocking out a bunch of turds. I can go hit a punching bag every day if I have to. The fact is that he’s never fought anyone like me. That’s not me taking a shot at him, that’s just a fact. He’s never fought anyone with the experience I bring to the table. I don’t think he’s fought anyone near as well-rounded as me and that’s something he’s gonna have to deal with.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 134 heavyweight King Mo Lawal about his upcoming main card bout tonight (February 27, 2015) against Cheick Kongo at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion expects a tough task as he steps up in weight against the heavier, taller and longer Kongo:

“I’ve been training for three different scenarios. The thing about Kongo is his takedown defense is getting better. He’s bigger and longer. He moves pretty well but his defense has gotten better so I’ll have to chain wrestle. On the ground, he’s actually improved. I just can’t hold him down. I have to work to do some damage there because I’m smaller. I have to be smart with how hard I throw because I will be pushing around a heavier man. That wears on you. He has about 30 pounds on me. My goal is to keep him guessing and do what I gotta do to get the victory.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 184 welterweight Dhiego Lima about his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday night (February 28, 2015) against Tim Means at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Ultimate Fighter season 19 finalist has a pretty good idea of what to expect against a scrappy fighter like Means, and he feels fully prepared for the Arizona native:

“[Tim Means] puts the pressure on real well. He goes all three rounds going forward. I figure he’s been doing a lot of that. He’s a guy that I don’t see studying fights much. He likes to go in there and fight so I’m treating it the same way. I know what he’s gonna do. He’s gonna move forward. He’s gonna throw hands. If he gets hit, he might go for a takedown. It’s just one of those fights that’s easy to prepare for. You just gotta come in in shape and come in healthy.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 134 light heavyweight Liam McGeary about his upcoming main event title bout this Friday night (February 27, 2015) against champion Emanuel Newton at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The talented UK fighter holds a spotless record overall and he expects to be more than prepared for the champion’s unorthodox attacking style:

“The way [Emanuel Newton] moves, he’ll switch his stances. He’s just a very, very unorthodox fighter. You don’t know where he’s gonna throw stuff from. I just have to be aware. I know he throws these things so that’s what it is, just keep an eye out for him… He’s done this numerous times now. He obviously knows what he’s doing. I hope he does.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 184 welterweight Jake Ellenberger about his upcoming main card bout this Saturday night (February 28, 2015) against Josh Koscheck at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The former top 170 pound contender has hit a rough patch in his last three fights, but he feels he can turn it around against The Ultimate Fighter season one veteran due to less wear and tear on his body:

“I can assume, for me, I have [Josh Koscheck] will be the best he’s been. I’ve never had a conversation with the guy. I don’t know him at all. I just know from what I’ve seen. He’s been in a lot of fights. He definitely has a lot of wear and tear on his body. But for me, it’s more of that psychological battle. I’m not sure where his mind is, I can only assume he’ll be at his top game.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 61 middleweight Sam Alvey about his upcoming main card bout tomorrow night (February 22, 2015) against Cezar Ferreira at the Ginásio Gigantinho in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The former MFC middleweight champion expects a very tough challenge against The Ultimate Fighter Brazil season one winner, but he feels he can counter Ferreira’s biggest strengths:

“Cezar Ferreira is a stud. We’ve been watching a lot of film on him and he’s got a small career so far but a lot of it has been on TV so you can see his progressions. He’s very talented, very athletic. He kicks as hard as anyone in the UFC and he does those fancy spinning kicks. I dare him to try and hit me with those. I hope I don’t have to eat my words. His kicks are very intimidating. As long as I counter those, I can counter his limited wrestling but good jiu-jitsu, I think I’ll be alright.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 60 lightweight Efrain Escudero about his upcoming preliminary card bout Saturday night (Feb. 14, 2015) against Rodrigo de Lima at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The former Ultimate Fighter winner believes that going back to his roots will help him get back on track in regards to his UFC career during his third stint with the promotion:

“If I want to take these guys down, I’ll take them down and if I want to stand with them, I’ll stand with them. Trust me, I’m back to my basics when it comes to my wrestling. Going back, I have my high school wrestling coach in my corner. He’s my godfather. He’s the one that took me off the streets, made sure I went back to school so I put a lot into this that has helped me out a lot.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 60 featherweight Max Holloway about his upcoming  co-main event bout Saturday night (Feb. 14, 2015) against Cole Miller at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The talented 23-year old expects a very tough challenge against Miller, and it’s not just Miller’s vaunted Brazilian jiu-jitsu game he’s keeping an eye out for, but also the sneaky power in his right hand while standing:

“His jiu-jitsu is something to be worried about, he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu. He likes to get in people’s head. He’s kind of like Conor McGregor but not loud about it. Every time I watch him fight, his opponents hate him. I guess he’s good with his mouth and gets into his opponent’s minds, I’d say. That’s outside of the ring, but inside the Octagon, I’d say his jiu-jitsu is very good and his stand-up is very underrated. I’ve been watching his fights and a lot of people he submits, he hurt them first. He’s got a sneaky right hand that people don’t account for. They stand in front of it, they get hit and the next thing they know they’re falling over and they’re getting rear naked choked or something. He’s a very deceiving guy.”