MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC lightweight John Makdessi about what is next for him in his MMA career after getting knocked out in the first round by Lando Vannata at UFC 206.

“It’s kind of hard not to look at it (the last fight). It was all over social media, it was bittersweet. That old saying, you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Me personally, I won’t lie to you, I was shocked. I was disappointed, it was embarrassing. Nobody ever pulled that stuff in training, period. I would have seen that kick coming from a mile way. For some reason, that fight, the whole preparation, the energy going into the fight wasn’t the same.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 106 welterweight Tim Means as he prepares for his main card bout this Saturday (March 11, 2017) against Alex Oliveira in Fortaleza, Brazil.

“I’ve seen Alex Oliveira say that he’s frustrated and mad because I hit him with an intentional cheap shot and all that. Well, You know what, he didn’t cowboy up. As a matter of fact, he got knocked down and stayed down. Then he got up to appeal the stoppage and realized it was a timeout from an illegal knee. He fell over, he really acted it out well. I lost a lot of respect for this guy, and I want to put him all over the canvas in front of his people.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 106 lightweight Stephen Josh Burkman as he prepares for his preliminary card bout this Saturday (March 11, 2017) against Michel Prazeres in Fortaleza, Brazil.

“My movement is going to put me in the right places to be very accurate with my punches and kicks. And when I throw, they’re going to hit (Prazeres). I think that’s going to make him either press or back off. If you watch a lot of my fights, guys don’t continue to press me for a reason. It’s because when I hit them, I hit them hard, and they know that it’s dangerous. I’m prepared to fight him in the clinch, and if we get into the clinch, I’m going to work to put him against the cage and put him on his back. I’m not abandoning what has got me where I’ve gotten.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 174 welterweight Brandon Girtz as he prepares for his main card bout this Friday (March 3, 2017) against Fernando Gonzalez at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

“I think it’s going to be all about speed. That’s the difference you’re going to see in this fight is my speed. Fernando’s a fighter, he’s a tough dude. But he’s not a fast dude at 170. I’m just going to be so much faster now bumping up to 170 (from 155). He’s got the size, but I don’t feel like he’s even going to have the strength.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 174 welterweight Fernando Gonzalez as he prepares for his main card bout this Friday (March 3, 2017) against Brandon Girtz at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

“Honestly, I think I’m going to catch (Girtz) standing. Because he’s obviously a little bit lighter than I am. So once we hit the ground, he’s going to feel my weight. I’m pretty good on the ground, so I think the best option is just to kind of stand and bang. I just feel my hands are a little bit more sharp than his are, and I’ll catch him.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 209 welterweight top contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson as he prepares for his main event title bout this Saturday (March 4, 2017) against champion Tyron Woodley at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“(Woodley) ended up catching me in the fourth round. In the fourth round, I was just flat, man. I saw the punch coming, but I just took it to the face. And you can’t take that from Tyron as big, and as strong and as powerful as that guy is with his right hand. But when you see him fight, he doesn’t make a whole lot of changes in his game. So I expect him to be maybe a little bit more aggressive. It was weird, because after the fourth round, I felt like I could go another three rounds. I felt amazing in the fifth, and I should have been like that from the get-go — and I wasn’t. I know it wasn’t the Stephen Thompson that most people see. That wasn’t me, I didn’t feel right.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 174 middleweight Chris Honeycutt as he prepares for his main card bout this Friday (March 3, 2017) against Kendall Grove at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Editor’s Note: Honeycutt was pulled from the Bellator 174 card.

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 174 middleweight Kendall Grove as he prepares for his main card bout this Friday (March 3, 2017) against Chris Honeycutt at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

“I respect Chris a lot as a wrestler, as a fighter, but I’m still going to smash his face. That’s the plan. Before I used to be like, ok, he’s not taking me down. But I expect that now, so I’m not going to be like a deer in the headlights. He’s going to take me down, I expect him to take me down. What is he going to do when he gets there? Obviously, his last two fights, he hasn’t shown much. He likes to grind out decisions.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture about the Muhammad Ali Act and protecting the rights of fighters.

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 173 light heavyweight Liam McGeary as he prepares for his main event bout this Friday (February 24, 2017) against newcomer Brett McDermott at SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

“I think if they would have gone with Chris Fields as the opponent, it would have been easier (to sell the fight). I don’t think a lot of people liked him too much. I think I was going to get a few cheers anyway. But now I’m fighting someone completely new. This guy (McDermott) is a scrapper. He can take a punch, he can give a punch. He’s a brawler. I think we’re just going to stand on our feet and bang out.”

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