MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 52 lightweight Johnny Case as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Kazuki Tokudome Saturday (September 20, 2014) at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The newly acquired Alliance MMA product is up for the challenge of competing in hostile territory, and he’s not afraid of anyone despite making his UFC debut…even the champion:

“I just want to get this fight over with and then we can assess whatever anybody thinks next, I’m game for. If they say they want a guy coming off a win, that’s great. If they want me to fight Anthony Pettis, that’s great too. As long as it’s a payday. That’s what I’m here for. I’m here to fight and whoever they’re willing to give me, I’ll fight.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 52 bantamweight Myles Jury as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event bout against Takanori Gomi Saturday (September 20, 2014) at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The unbeaten prospect out of The Ultimate Fighter season 15 expects a stern test against Gomi come fight time, but he also isn’t expecting anything new from the Japanese veteran:

“I’m preparing for the Gomi of the old days. I’m preparing for the Gomi that comes out there and throws bombs, defends takedowns and busts you up. I’m definitely preparing for the best Gomi, but over the years of watching Gomi, I don’t see too much evolution. I feel like he still goes in there, likes to throw his hands, defends takedowns and likes to keep it on the feet.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 51 bantamweight Russell Doane as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Iuri Alcantara tonight (September 13th, 2014) at the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil.

The Hawaiian is heading into serious hostile territory for the biggest fight of his burgeoning career, and he knows exactly what to avoid come fight time against Alcantara:

“I know his stand-up is super good. He’s humongous. Good Muay Thai. He’s a little wild so I see myself being a little bit faster on the feet. The ground? Of course you want to mix it up on the ground too. You can’t exactly stand in front of this guy, that’s for sure. He’s a jiu-jitsu black belt just like the other Brazilians.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 124 bantamweight LC Davis as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Zeilton Rodrigues this Friday night (September 12th, 2014) at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township, Michigan.

The longtime veteran

“Doing research on this guy has been kinda weird. Everything I find on him has been something different. Either his age or his height has been different. All of his fights have been in Brazil, so I really don’t have a lot to pull from. What I know is he’s a stand-up fighter and he fights at a great gym at Nova Uniao. He primarily likes to box and he has a really strong guillotine on both sides.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 124 light heavyweight Liam McGeary as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event bout against Kelly Anundson this Friday night (September 12th, 2014) at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township, Michigan.

The undefeated first round finisher expects his opponent to try to make this a grappling match, but he feels he’s more than ready for whatever Anundson brings to the table due to his rapidly developing skillset:

“If he’s gonna shoot, he’s gonna shoot from a distance and he’s gonna have to meet a knee or an uppercut or anything really. He’s gotta come in and grapple. Even if we go to the ground, my jiu-jitsu is there. You said it yourself. The guys who I train with are high level jiu-jitsu players. My striking coach Jason Strout, he’s done wonders with my hands. I’ve got power. I’ve got speed. I’ve got everything coming on now and it’s only getting better and better.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 124 light heavyweight Joey Beltran as he prepares for his upcoming main event title bout against Emanuel Newton this Friday night (September 12th, 2014) at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township, Michigan.

The former UFC standout has caught some flack for receiving a title shot due to some feeling it was undeserved, but “The Mexicutioner” is looking forward to answering his critics come fight time:

“I could come up with a couple reasons as to why people wouldn’t be so warm to this, warm to the idea of me fighting, but you know what? I don’t really care. Bottom line is I have an opportunity. I’m gonna take full advantage of it. I’m gonna go out there and finish [Emanuel Newton] and I’m gonna be the Bellator world champion. After that happens, people can’t have much room to talk shit after that.”  

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 124 light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton as he prepares for his upcoming main event title bout against Joey Beltran tomorrow night (September 12th, 2014) at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township, Michigan.

The talented champion knows he has a stern test in front of him, but he’s looking forward to actually competing against someone who’s going to bring the fight to him rather than sit back and try to counter all night:

“If [Joey Beltran] gets the win, then he becomes the champion. If he gets the loss, no big deal. I think Joey Beltran’s a good match-up for me. My last opponent, Attila [Vegh], was just waiting and trying to counter me. I think I threw like 260-300 strikes and he only threw 115 the whole fight. Beltran’s not that kind of fighter. Beltran’s the kind of guy who’s stay in your face, push it, brawl ya and come get it. That’s good for my style because that’s when my spinning stuff, my 360 low kicks, my spinning back kicks and all this stuff comes into play really well countering him. I know I’m the better wrestler. I know I’m the better striker. I don’t look down on any of my opponents but I don’t think Joey Beltran stands any chance against me.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 123 heavyweight Josh Burns as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Bobby Lashley tomorrow night (September 5th, 2014) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The veteran heavyweight may be going into this bout against Lashley with a wrestling disadvantage, but he feels if he can weather the early storm, he could definitely pull off a victory due to the limitations Lashley puts on himself due to his size:

“I think Bobby [Lashley]‘s always going to have a problem with conditioning as long as he carries the size that he carries. He carries those aesthetics for the wrestling, for the fanbase on the wrestling side. They want the cartoon character. They want that really big, aesthetically pleasing look, but as far as MMA is concerned, it’s not functional. I do not believe that it’s ever gonna help him until he decides to cut it down a little bit.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 123 light heavyweight King Mo Lawal as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Dustin Jacoby this Friday (September 5th, 2014) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Editor’s note: This interview took place when Lawal was expecting to fight Marcus Surza. Surza got injured and pulled out of the fight so King Mo will now instead be fighting Dustin Jacoby on Friday night.

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion is looking to rebound from a controversial loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and he’s still not happy about how the judges scored it:

“The first round I thought I won. The second round? I’ll give [Rampage] the second round. Third round? Not much happened but I controlled where the fight went. I took him down and I controlled him. He even thought I won. He came and asked me for a rematch. People started leaving, people were booing. I saw Bjorn and he looked mad. Everyone was mad. He didn’t carry himself like he won. No one thought he won. When they announced he won, he was like, ‘Oh, I won?’ He tried to make it sound like, ‘Oh, I did damage.’ He did damage for one round. One round of damage shouldn’t decide the whole fight. He didn’t even hit me that much. If you watch the fight closely, he didn’t hit me much at all.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 50 middleweight Chris Camozzi as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Rafael Natal this Friday (September 5, 2014) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.

The 11-fight UFC veteran knows he’s on his last ropes right now as he enters this bout on a three-fight losing streak, so his focus is on the right place:

“It’s a must-win. The last one was a must-win too. I guess they decided to give me another chance, but there’s no way I can drop four fights in a row. I’ve never even dropped two fights in a row in my career until now. This little bad luck streak I’m having here is killing me.”