MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 141 lightweight Brent Primus as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout tonight (August 28, 2015) against Derek Anderson at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The undefeated submission specialist has not yet left the first round in his professional mixed martial arts career and he feels he’ll be knocking on the door for a title shot if he can take care of business tonight:
“I feel like Derek Anderson is a tough opponent. I feel like he’s one of the top guys in Bellator at 155 right now. He beat Patricio Pitbull so I know he’s one of the top guys. If feel like if I beat him, I should be in title contention somewhere. Whether it be two fights, whatever.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 141 heavyweight Lorenzo Hood as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Friday night (August 28, 2015) against Raphael Butler at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The former semi-pro football player feels he has a unique set of skills due to his elite athleticism in the heavyweight division, something he thinks is lacking in both the Bellator and UFC heavyweight divisions:
“I love to be competitive and I think I bring something to the heavyweight division right now in the UFC and Bellator that they don’t really have. Which is a guy who’s not gonna lay on you in the second round, a guy who’s not gonna get tired after 10 seconds throwing a couple punches. It’s kind of like, and I’m not comparing myself to Muhammad Ali at all, but I like to think I bring that finesse to the heavyweight division.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 141 heavyweight Raphael Butler as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Friday night (August 28, 2015) against Lorenzo Hood at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The former boxer has made a smooth transition to mixed martial arts, and he plans on continuing to grow and develop into a dominant force despite his excellent showings thus far under the Bellator banner:
“I’m a different type of beast than the guys [Lorenzo Hood] has faced before. I’m a guy that, even though I’ve been so dominant in my fights, I’m still learning and that’s the thing that people don’t get about me. I’m still progressing in this thing. That, and when I hit somebody, even if I don’t put you out right away, it’ll hurt. People who I sparred with and fought say that I hit differently than anyone they’ve ever faced.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 141 lightweight Saad Awad as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event this Friday night (August 28, 2015) against Patricky Pitbull at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The former tournament finalist feels that now is his time and he’s at his peak both physically and technically to the point where he can hang with Pitbull in every facet of the sport:
“I don’t mind trading with anybody. I’ve never ran from anyone or feared people’s power. I don’t mind going out there and boxing with [Patricky Pitbull]. I know he’s a black belt in BJJ too and his submission defense is up there. He went three rounds with Marcin Held, who catches everybody. I’m in great shape. I’ve ben wrestling a lot and getting that wrestling cardio so I know I can go three rounds standing or on the ground. I think I’ll break him with my conditioning if I don’t knock him out.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 141 lightweight Brandon Girtz as he prepares for his upcoming main event this Friday night (August 28, 2015) against Melvin Guillard at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The talented Colorado-based fighter has a lot of confidence in his pressure-based striking and grappling attack and he feels he’ll surprise some people come fight time:
“I don’t really see how he [Melvin Guillard] can work on me coming in on him. He’s not gonna stop it and this training camp, he ain’t gonna be able to put together a way to stop me coming in on him, throwing my punches and taking him down.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with RFA 29 bantamweight Terrion Ware as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout tonight (August 21, 2015) against Leandro Higo at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The talented California native is coming off a tough loss to Luke Sanders in his last fight, but he plans on bouncing back in a big way and starting up a new winning streak against a strong opponent in Higa:
“I think it’s a really good match-up. [Leandro Higa] has a really good record. He just came off The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and I think it’s a really good win under my belt. I’m looking forward to going in there and just showcasing my well-rounded skills.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 74 lightweight Sam Stout as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card main event this Sunday night (August 23, 2015) against Frankie Perez at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The long-time UFC veteran has been around the block a few times, and despite his lengthy career, he hasn’t had a three fight losing streak before and he doesn’t plan on starting now:
“Your job is always on the line when you’re in this kind of situation. I’ve had two losses and not just that, they’re two bad losses. I don’t like losing. I’ve never lost three fights in a row in my career and I don’t want to start with this one. I’m coming out and I’m hungry for this one. I’m going out like I’ve got something to prove this time. I’m fired up. My training camp has not been the same. I’ve started training a lot smarter and I’ve come to this realization that I’m 31 years old now. I’ve got a lot of miles on me. My body doesn’t bounce back the way it used to. You do a training camp a certain way for so long, it gets burned into your brain that that’s how it’s done. I don’t have to drill techniques twice a day. I don’t need to spend hours and hours grinding it on the mats because my body just can’t handle it anymore. Recovery has become just as much a part of my training camp as the actual work itself.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 74 welterweight Josh Burkman as he prepares for his upcoming main card this Sunday night (August 23, 2015) against Patrick Cote at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The 35-year old has gone 0-2 in his return to the promotion, and he promises that he’ll be putting on a better performance after disappointing in his Octagon return thus far.:
“[Patrick Cote and I] are kind of in the same place. We’re the veterans who are trying to show we still got it. I think that I’m still getting a lot better and I’m a lot better than I’ve shown. I know that because of the way my training camp’s going. I know where my head’s at. I’m in the right place and when I’m in the right place, good things happen. Mark my words, this is going to be the best performance you’ve seen from me in the UFC.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 74 featherweight Max Holloway as he prepares for his upcoming main event this Sunday night (August 23, 2015) against Charles Oliveira at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The 23-year old is currently riding a six-fight win streak in the division, but his last loss, a 2013 decision against Conor McGregor still haunts him and he can’t wait to get his hands on the current interim UFC champion again:
“I can’t sit over here and say [Conor McGregor’s] not the real deal. He’s been doing so much for the sport and doing awesome, but at the day, I want my rematch. I believe I can beat him. I believe I’m in the best fighter in the world and that’s just my beliefs and that’s what got me here. I can’t wait to rematch that guy. I’m not saying if we fight again I’m gonna win, I’m just saying that everybody is saying the first fight was good and were telling me, ‘Oh, you should be happy you went to decision with him,’ but that’s like being happy being in second place or being happy being a loser. I don’t want to be a loser. I want to be a winner and I work too hard to not be a winner. I want to rematch him and see how it goes. It should be a great one. The second fight is gonna be more awesome. There should be hype between Conor McGregor and Max Holloway 2.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with elite MMA grappling coach Ricky Lundell about former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir’s recent main event victory over Todd Duffee at UFC Fight Night 71 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.
The talented grappler takes on different roles with multiple different fighters from Mir to Carlos Condit andTravis Browne among others, and he went into detail the amount of effort he puts into each of his athletes:
“I want to give my life and my all to my fighters. I don’t want to just run a class at 10am and whoever shows up, shows up and makes it through the fire, they get in. I spend a lot of time on these camps. I spent a LOT of time. My gameplan for Frank Mir was 35 pages. It included pictures, referencing, statistics, how the fight was gonna play out with Todd Duffee. Same thing with Bigfoot Silva and all my gameplans run that way. I’ve done that since the days of Sean Sherk and Kevin Burns. I’ve been doing that a long time. You can only have so much time in teh day. A lot of the reason I’m not out there seeking more and more people is quality starts to diminish. You can only give so much. Frank Mir was down and out. He considered retirement… I stand by my fighters and put time into them and look to make them succeed any way I can…Quality over quantity.”