MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with former three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen, who’s promoting an upcoming ‘Submission Underground’ grappling competition next month (July 17th, 2016) at the Roseland Ballroom in Portland, Oregon and will air exclusively on FloCombat.com.

The fighter-turned promoter is excited about giving grapplers an opportunity to showcase themselves on a national stage and he went into detail about it:

“The main event is Jake Shields vs Benson Henderson, which is pretty damn big. King Mo is gonna take on Vinny Magalhaes in the co-main event. My grappling coach Fabiano Scherner is going to be taking on Ricco Rodriguez. We’ve a match-up between Filipe Santos and Kenny Florian. That match happened on a whim because Kenny faced him in a tournament a couple weeks ago and he misunderstood the rules and lost. They’re gonna rematch. Jens Pulver is gonna face a guy named Nathan Orchard and both are from Oregon in a home turf battle. Each one of these fights has a story and Flo is gonna tell it. I don’t have to promote anything. It’ll be live and free on Flo if you’re a member… I’ll be on card number two against Tim Kennedy.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with former UFC fighter Joe Stevenson, who is coming out of retirement to fight in his own promotion next month (July 30, 2016)

The former UFC lightweight title challenger has lost his last six bouts over the last six years, but he says he feels better and is training smarter than ever:

“I’m a fighter. That’s what we do. What’s the most common question we’re asked? ‘Hey, when’s your next fight?’ It wears on you and if you’re not fighting as a fighter, then you’re coaching, but at the age of 33, I had to reevaluate some things. I quit drinking four years ago. I felt great my last fight but I weighed 157 for that fight and then weighed in and fought 155. I was on antibiotics and still went five rounds and lost a split decision… It felt good, I felt alive again. I want to be able to tell people I won my last fight. I want to be able to step away a winner and I also want to be able to build my own organization. I want to showcase my fighters and the easiest way to do that is to put on a card and to fight. I’m feeling good. I’d been training wrong my whole life.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Thom Ortiz, who was the Arizona State head wrestling coach and is now one of the coaches for recent UFC flyweight title challenger Henry Cejudo as well as a pro/am fight promoter.

The experienced coach provided some unique insight into the training camp before the Johnson fight, including a back injury which nearly forced him out of the title bout, and he still feels Cejudo has what it takes to be champ someday:

“The bottom line is, we’re gonna come back. We’re gonna come back and make a story out of it. I told Henry, ‘Your speed, your strength, you have all the capabilities and qualities to beat Johnson.’ He has the stuff that you’re not able to teach. He’s fast, he’s strong, has powerful legs and how do we get him back to where he needs to be to implement that? We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 56 bantamweight Steven Peterson as he prepares for his upcoming main event bout tonight (Friday, June 24, 2016) against Manny Vasquez at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.

The talented 26-year old has won six straight fights over the last three four years and he feels he’s well-rounded enough to beat Vasquez anywhere:

“I’m fighting a wrestler. My striking’s always something I’m working on, but as far as gameplanning goes, now I’m fighting a guy who’s likely to take me down and choke me. I’d like to be able to showcase my striking skills but if [Manny Vasquez] does take me down, he’ll be in my world so I’ll be alright either way.” 

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 56 bantamweight Manny Vasquez as he prepares for his upcoming main event bout this Friday night (June 24, 2016) against Steven Peterson at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.

The talented 22-year old has done his homework heading into this headlining attraction, and he feels it could have some serious UFC implications:

“[Steven Peterson]’s really tough. There’s not one set thing that I think stands out. He’s pretty well-rounded. He wins a lot of fights by just being tougher than the other guy, having a bigger heart and grinding it out to get the win. My last fight, it was real quick with a takedown and submission so I’m assuming he’ll be weary of that and go the opposite route and try to hit me… I see myself in the UFC. I could be called up at any time. I just have to keep winning and be ready for them to call me and be ready to go.” 

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 157 flyweight Ilima-Lei Macfarlane as she prepares for her upcoming main card bout this Friday night (June 24, 2016) against Rebecca Ruth at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The talented undefeated fighter believes she’s very difficult to prepare for, and she has plenty of footage to prepare for her upcoming opponent:

“I’ve only had three fights so there’s not that much footage on me. People can’t get a read on me as far as the type of fighter I am. [Rebecca Ruth] has a lot of fights online so I guess as far as seeing what she likes to do, what combos she likes, it has made it easier to prepare. We do have a gameplan for her and that’s based on the footage we saw on her.” 

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 56 welterweight JC Cottrell as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event this Friday night (June 24, 2016) against Cody Walker at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 157 lightweight Michael Chandler as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event this Friday night (June 24, 2016) against Patricky Freire at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The former lightweight champ is extremely confident heading into this bout due to some great experiences with the new training environment:

“It brings me back to that first title run I made. I had to get through [Patricky Pitbull] in the tournament finals to fight Eddie Alvarez. He’s gotten a lot better in the last couple years. He’s had phenomenal highlight reel knockouts. The guy’s got power in his hands, he loves to swing leather. I think I’m a problem for anybody in the division. My ground game, I’m getting three and a half months of training with Neil Melanson, and what I’ve been able to do with the ground game is nothing short of amazing. My sparring’s been phenomenal. He’s gotten better, I’ve gotten better. Whether it’s on the feet or on the ground, I feel I’m gonna be able to finish him.” 

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 56 bantamweight Ryan Hollis as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event this Friday night (June 24, 2016) against Jason Sampson at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 56 bantamweight Jason Sampson as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event this Friday night (June 24, 2016) against Ryan Hollis at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.

 

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