MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with RFA 43 bantamweight Zac Riley as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout tonight (Friday, September 10, 2016) against Boston Salman at the 1stBank Center in Broomsfield, Colorado.

The Colorado-native pulled off the second biggest upset in MMA history in his last bout and he’s hoping to carry that momentum into this fight against an undefeated foe:

“Against me, I think it’s gonna be a great fight. We’ll see how [Salmon] handles pressure and all that. I haven’t seen him go backwards yet. We’ll see if he’s good on the ground and how that works and we’ll see if he can outpunch me. See if that happens.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with RFA 43 middleweight Adam Stroup as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event this Friday night (September 10, 2016) against Gabriel Checco at the 1stBank Center in Broomsfield, Colorado.

The Colorado-native is hoping to bounce back from a decision loss in his last fight and he feels he has his upcoming opponent well-scouted:

“[Gabriel Checco] will throw strikes. He’s kind of wild. He’s not really snappy. He looks like he has some power but more than anything I think he’s gonna feel like his advantage to fight me is on the ground. He’s gonna want to take me down. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and he’ll want to use those skills. I think he’s gonna come out swinging some bombs and he’s gonna try to take me down like they always do.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 203 flyweight Ian McCall as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday night (September 10, 2016) against Ray Borg at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

The former top contender is hoping to get back into the title mix after a long layoff, and he feels he has more than enough physical ability to defeat Borg come fight time:

“I’m gonna knock him out. I’ve been a fan of Ray Borg since I first saw him in the UFC. He’s exciting, young, tenacious and strong and he goes for it. Then you see him lose, especially a young fighter lose and it endears you to them. I saw him fight [Justin] Scoggins and I was like, ‘Oh shit.’ It got to a point where he pulled guard and he broke. It sucks to see that happen to a fighter you admire but now that I know I’m fighting him, I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ve got you bitch!’ He couldn’t deal with Justin’s movement and I feel I move better than Justin. I move different, but I move with more power. He doesn’t like the body kicks. Sure, my right arm doesn’t work very well but I’ll still knock you out with it. Wrestling-wise, we’re both power wrestlers but I’m slicker than he is. Jiu-jitsu-wise, he’s more aggressive with submissions but that’s because I prefer to punch people. I choose violence.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 93 lightweight Nick Hein as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Saturday (September 3, 2016) against Tae Hyun Bang at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

 

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 93 light heavyweight Ryan Bader as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Saturday (September 3, 2016) against Ilir Latifi at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

The former Ultimate Fighter season eight winner is looking to rebound from a tough loss to Anthony Johnson and he feels he has the gameplan set in stone to defeat Latifi:

“Although [Ilir Latifi’s strong and he can take you down, if you’ve seen his fights he doesn’t really have any control. Maybe that’s from his freestyle background. Collegiate wrestlers, we have to ride people and that’s what my bread and butter was in college. For me, it’s about getting up. I’m not looking to play around in my guard. He’s good at counter punching. He kind of stays on the fence, backs himself up into the fence, will jog around the edge. I need to utilize my jab. I used my jab well in the Rashad fight and then I’ll look for my openings to land my power shots at a distance that benefits me. If you get to close, he’ll swing with a wild left or right. I’ve got to make him work, get him tired, put him in bad positions where he’s working hard exhausting himself trying to get a takedown… I need to keep my back off the fence, put the pressure on him and push that pace. He’s got a lot of muscle and he could slow down a bit. I haven’t had a finish in a while and I’m going to take some risks to try and get the finish.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 21 middleweight Kevin Casey as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout tonight (Saturday, August 27, 2016) against Sam Alvey at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The powerful middleweight thinks he has a gameplan to counter Alvey’s heavy hands and will help to set up his stifling ground game:

“[Sam Alvey]’s big on blitzing and trying to get some things going, but a lot of his fights he’s very patient. He sits back and I think I’ll expose him in this fight. I’ll play him from the outside, use the range, use the kicks to frustrate him, open up some takedowns and put him on the ground. Once we get on the ground, he’s gonna feel a pressure he hasn’t felt before. I don’t care who he’s grappled, he hasn’t felt me on top.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 21 middleweight Sam Alvey as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday night (August 27, 2016) against Kevin Casey at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The powerful middleweight slugger feels he knows what to expect from Kevin Casey, but that certainly doesn’t mean he thinks his upcoming bout will be easy:

“Come round two, Kevin Casey looks like a different fighter and it really hits him come round three. He’s a really athletic fighter. He reminds me a little bit of Derek Brunson where he’s got that good wrestling/grappling base and he’s a great athlete on top of it, so I have plenty to be worried about. I’m pretty confident in the strategy we’ve got going forward.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 160 lightweight Saad Awad as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Friday night (August 26, 2016) against Derek Anderson at the Honda Center in Los Angeles, California.

The heavy hitter has some interesting thoughts about his opponent and what he expects come fight time:

“Every fight that [Derek Anderson]’s had, even when he got hit hard, he kept it on the feet and he keeps trying to outstrike and outwork his opponent. If he comes with that gameplan against me, he’s gonna be in for a long night.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 160 lightweight AJ McKee as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Friday night (August 26, 2016) against Cody Walker at the Honda Center in Los Angeles, California.

The talented progeny of Antonio McKee is off to a hot start in his career and he feels Bellator is testing him right now to see just how good he really is:

“I feel Bellator doesn’t really know how good I am. With the Corralles fight, that was them throwing a gauge at me to see where I’m at because he’s fought our champ and our ex-champ so it would have been a good showcase to see where I’m at. Whoever they throw at me, I feel it’s going to be the same result every time until I get to those top two, top three contenders and I have to pick a fighter apart. Even at the same time, Top two, top three, if you leave an opening, I’m gonna take it and I’m going to put you down.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 202 welterweight Tim Means as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Saturday night (August 20, 2016) against Sabah Homasi at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The Dirty Bird” is returning from a six month suspension due to a tainted supplement, and he’s got a new lease on life now that he’s been able to put that behind him:

“[Sabah Homasi] is a dangerous guy with power, but he’s been knocking out guys who are out of shape. I can’t really look past that. I’m hungry. I’ve never been this focused. I’m just happy to be back and whoever they put in front of me, I’m going to have a barnburner and I’m here to make a statement and let everybody realize that I’m here to stay.”

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