MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 58 middleweight CB Dollaway as he prepares for his upcoming headlining bout against Lyoto Machida this Saturday night (Dec. 20, 2014) at the Ginásio José Corrêa in Barueri, Brazil.

The surging middleweight contender expects a hostile crowd, but this is his third time taking on a Brazilian in Brazil, so he’s more than ready to deal with the unique atmosphere:

“It’s actually a great feeling to see fans that are that into the fight. They bring a certain kind of energy. Even though they’re not behind you, even though they’re against you, it still raises you up whenever the fights’ going on and hearing that energy they have in the building. It’s an awesome experience. It’s gonna be a hostile crowd. There’s no crowd like it anywhere in the world. To me, it’s an honor to fight in front of them and then to fight one of their national heroes and hear that place to crazy and hopefully silence the whole stadium.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 58 welterweight Lyoto Machida as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Marcio Alexandre this Saturday night (Dec. 20, 2014) at the Ginásio José Corrêa in Barueri, Brazil.

The former lightweight feels at home now that he’s competing at 170 pounds and he’s expecting to defeat “Lyoto” wherever this fight goes, whether standing or on the ground:

“If he wants to make it a phone booth fight, that’s how I like to fight. Right in your face and peppering you a bit. He likes to keep range with that karate base and I expect to have to find that phone booth and box him in. I’ve also been doing a lot of takedowns in practice and doing a whole lot of wrestling. I really feel I’m becoming a mixed martial artist so I expect to win this fight in the stand-up or on the ground.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan FC 32 featherweight Desmond Green as he prepares for his upcoming headlining title bout against Steven Siler this Friday night (Dec. 19, 2014) at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The talented title challenger feels his game has come an incredibly long way since he began training at Tri-Star with their world class athletes and coaches and he expects not only to win, but to win very decisively on Friday night:

“It’s gonna go one way. I’m either gonna finish [Steven Siler] or I’m gonna beat him in a decision. There’s no way he’s gonna beat me. I feel nine times out of 10 I’m gonna finish him. I’ve watched his fights. He’s a good fighter and he’s got some big name wins, but when you look at his skill-set compared to my skill-set, I beat him everywhere I feel. Me being up here [at Tri-Star] I’m only getting better. If you look at my last two fights, I went from training at a gym part time to full time. I only had seven weeks to prepare for Miguel Torres and you see what I did in those seven weeks. I came up here right away after and I’m growing even more. I’m getting more work in and Firas is getting more work in personally now. Everybody’s helping me and I’m gonna kill this guy. He’s talking shit and I want him to know I heard him.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan FC 32 lightweight Rick Hawn as he prepares for his upcoming co-headlining bout against Carlos Prater this Friday night (Dec. 19, 2014) at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The veteran former Team USA Judo Olympian is riding a two-fight losing streak, which resulted in his release from Bellator, but he feels his motivation is back now that he has a change of scenery:

“As you get older, you change the way you train. Now, mentally, it’s about training specific, about training technique and not beating yourself up so much and not taking the punishmetn of a 12-week camp, which I could do a few years ago. I have the motivation. I maybe plateaued with that the last year and a half or so but I kind of got it back. I think with this new organization, I’ve always been focused, ready to fight and been prepared, but being cut changes you mentally. Maybe I got a little complacent with where I was [Bellator], maybe too lax and this was the fire I needed to get the fire back moreso than I had before.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan FC 32 featherweight Desmond Green as he prepares for his upcoming headlining title bout against Desmond Green this Friday night (Dec. 19, 2014) at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Ultimate Fighter season 14 veteran was taken aback by his abrupt release from the UFC and he is doing everything in his power to work his way back to the top promotion:

“When the UFC cut me, they lit a fire under my butt. Made me want it a little harder and I feel I was taking the UFC for granted more than anything and now I’m just hungry to get back.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan FC 32 flyweight Nick Honstein as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Iliarde Santos tonight (Dec. 19, 2014) at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The explosive flyweight expects to live up to his nickname and start “Quick” against the UFC veteran, hoping to put away the Brazilian inside the first frame:

“He’s just a victim for my double leg and a punching bag for my elbows and just the next guy I’m going to submit after that. It’s my coach’s job to dive into the gameplan for the guy I’m fighting. I’m not ignorant. I know what’s coming. He’s got a double leg. He’s got a left hook. I know all that, but what I’m focused on is my double leg, my ground and pound and my submissions to finish the fight and it’s gonna happen in the first round.”  

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with The Ultimate Fighter 20 lightweight Yancy Medeiros as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Joe Proctor this Friday night (Dec. 12, 2014) at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talented Hawaiian makes his training camp home in the 209 with the Diaz brothers, and he explains why he feels so comfortable traveling so far to get his pre-fight preparation in:

“My team I represent is Nick Diaz academy. They’ve helped me progress so much as a mixed martial artist. I pay homage to Nick and Nate because Nate will always open his house to me, treat me like a brother. He’s done things for me to help me progress in my career like only family does. Coming from Hawaii and transferring over to California, they’re like brothers. It’s like I’m not even leaving my family, I’m just going to a different house with different family members. It’s really comfortable. It’s not something I’m ever gonna stop doing.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with The Ultimate Fighter 20 lightweight Daron Cruickshank as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against KJ Noons this Friday night (Dec. 12, 2014) at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The brash veteran of The Ultimate Fighter season 15 doesn’t believe the hype behind KJ Noons’ boxing skills, and he offers some interesting food for thought about why Noons switched to MMA in the first place:

“You know what? They say he was a professional boxer and blah, blah, blah. If you’re a professional boxer and you’re good, you stick with boxing because there’s more money in it. If you suck at boxing, then you go to MMA because you’re an athlete and you can do multiple things.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with The Ultimate Fighter 20 featherweight Jeremy Stephens as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Charles Oliveira this Friday night (Dec. 12, 2014) at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talented top 15-ranked featherweight expects a tough test against Oliveira, but he feels he’s going to be dishing out some serious punishment if he can keep this fight in the stand-up realm:

“I just have to set a higher pace than him. I’ve got to mix things up. I’ve got to make sure that if he’s shooting, I’m stuffing and making him pay. Without giving away too much, I just have to outwork him. Higher volume, higher punches. With that being said, I know I have the power, but I’ve just got let things flow. I know when I land I’m gonna be the more damaging striker. Not to take anything from his striking, I just happen to be tight and technical but I know when I let my hands go and I land, he’s going to be wearing it a lot more than I will. And if it does happen to go to the ground, just get back up with wrestling and control position. I’m I’m on top, I’m a big elbow person from like Dave Loiseau and opening big cuts. I’m prepared in all areas and I’m ready to take the risk.”  

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 181 bantamweight Matt Hobar as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Sergio Pettis tonight (Dec. 6, 2014) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talented former Legacy FC bantamweight champion knows he has a tough test ahead of him in the young Pettis, but he feels his improvement in the striking department could be the difference:

“Mainly I was working on a lot of my jiu-jitsu and from the last fight I was working on a lot of my striking. Being that Sergio Pettis is mainly a striker, I wanted to make sure I go into this fight with crisp striking and ready to be able to defend and have good offense with him.”