MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 187 welterweight Mike Pyle as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card fight tonight (May 23, 2015) against Colby Covington at the MGM Grande Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The longtime veteran had to deal with an opponent change but he feels he’s more than experienced enough to handle the differences in fighting styles he’ll be facing with Covington instead of Sean Spencer:
“This was a big change. I went from a striker as an opponent to a southpaw wrestler. I have plenty of access to great wrestlers. Colby [Covington's] not really gonna show me too much that I haven’t seen over the years because I’m working with some good wrestlers.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 187 lightweight John Makdessi as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Saturday night (May 23, 2015) against Donald Cerrone at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The talented striker knows he’s a big underdog coming into this fight and he’s sincerely hoping Donald Cerrone is underestimating him:
“Donald Cerrone is not gonna know what hit him. I hope to God he underestimates me. I’m a smaller guy. People never saw my ground game and that’s perfect. It’s like poker. I’m not gonna show all my cards. Why should I? If one thing’s working, I’m gonna stick to it. I’ve got a lot of tools in the toolbox. I’m not gonna show it all in one fight.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 187 heavyweight Daniel Cormier as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Saturday night (May 23, 2015) against Andrei Arlovski at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The talented heavyweight understands that he has a relationship with Arlovski, but that won’t stop him from going 100 percent against the former UFC Heavyweight Champion:
“I would say the sport has jumped leaps and bounds since [Andrei Arlovski] was champion. The athletes that are involved nowadays are different than back then. You can’t deny that. Andrei is still a very dangerous individual. He was my training partner for three years over at Jackson’s and him and I would go at it. I wouldn’t necessarily call him an old broken down man. He’s definitely got some juice left in there. I’ve been everywhere with him. I’ve cornered him, I’ve trained with him, his fight against Anthony Johnson made me a believer in him. In that fight he broke his jaw in the first round and he fought the rest of the rounds with a broken jaw. I picked up his tooth off the mat that fell out when I was in his corner. I know he’s coming back from being off the radar but he’s a warrior through and through.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 187 light heavyweight Daniel Cormier as he prepares for his upcoming main event title fight this Saturday night (May 23, 2015) against Anthony Johnson at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The former two-time Olympian knows he isn’t facing a fighter as diverse as Jon Jones this time around, but he expects a much bigger threat from the striking realm and he’ll have to be more cautious with his attacks come fight time:
“I think I’ll be going forward and pressuring [Anthony Johnson], but I’ve got to be very careful here because this guy has real power. That’s one thing I didn’t really worry about against Jon [Jones] because he doesn’t have the biggest punch. The kicks are very dangerous and the elbows, I think you’ll see a lot of guys like Glover Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, his face was so ripped up at the end of the fight because they take a lot of damage and the damage was on his face. As you take that damage, it gets you tired and that’s where he gets his finishes. Even Vitor [Belfort], when he finished Vitor, he did it with a [Kimura] but he did it after Vitor had taken so much damage over four rounds that Vitor left his arm out there. Machida got hurt and he got finished. With this guy [Johnson], he’s got real power. Early, he’s got real power. I’ll have to be careful on my entries with Anthony Johnson because he has the ability to actually score a knockout.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 137 light heavyweight Virgil Zwicker as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout tonight (May 15, 2015) against Razak Al-Hassan at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The longtime veteran has a ton of confidence in himself and he feels that mental toughness will help put him over the top against the UFC veteran come fight time:
“[Razak Al-Hasan] is definitely a big boy. I actually had a chance to train with him a few years ago when he visited Sokoudjou for training. He has an intimidating look. I’m confident in my skills. I’m confident in my fighting style. I think I’ll be victorious just because of my mind and my heart. I don’t care how tough and ripped up you look, can your chin take my shots? Can you keep my relentless pressure? Can you keep me from getting up and not giving up. Can you handle that? I don’t know if he’s gonna be able to. I don’t know him like that but I know who I am. I’m a very confident individual. I’m a proud Native American and I’m not doing it for anyone else besides myself and my family.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 137 middleweight Kendall Grove as he prepares for his upcoming main event title bout this Friday night (May 15, 2015) against champion Brandon Halsey at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The former Ultimate Fighter winner has been there and done that in his MMA career and he’s leaning heavily on that experience as he prepares to take on a very strong wrestler in Brandon Halsey:
“I’m experienced. I feel my experience is helping me in training for this fight. I’ve fought better wrestlers than this asshole. I fought better strikers and better MMA fighters. I feel my career has come full circle and it’s my time to shine. I’m with a good camp. Michael Bisping has been helping me out the last three years, kinda took me under his wing and has been helping me out revive my career and here I am. I get to fight for the world title for Bellator which is the second biggest organization out there in popularity and talent. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’ll take full advantage of it.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 66 middleweight Gegard Mousasi as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event bout this Saturday morning (May 16, 2015) against Costas Philippou at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines.
The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion has had mixed results in the UFC since dropping down to the middleweight division and he hopes an impressive performance will get him back in the mix amongst the top contenders in the division:
“I want to have a dominant performance. I need to dominate [Costas Philippou] and I need to finish him. That’s my goal for this fight. At the end of the year, I don’t know how the landscape will look like, but I need another fight against a bigger guy, a top seven guy above me and finish that opponent as well. Once I knock them out, it’s gonna make a statement in itself, and then I can say some crazy stuff and get attention.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 137 bantamweight Mike Richman as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Friday night (May 15, 2015) against former champion Eduardo Dantas at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The talented striker has become a serious contender at bantamweight since dropping down to the weight class, scoring two brutal first round knockouts, and he doesn’t think things will be any different despite the increase in competition level on Friday:
“I think I’m gonna put [Eduardo Dantas] out in the first round. I’ve had visions of putting him away early. I’m gonna pressure him. I know he’s gonna want to stay away. He’s gonna try to take me into the second or third [round], I believe. I haven’t been to the second or third as a bantamweight so I think that’ll be his gameplan. I think he’ll try to shoot in and clinch on me because when I bring that pressure, I don’t think he’s felt striking pressure, he hasn’t been hit clean. I think he hasn’t been hit hard in a long time since the Tyson Nam fight and I’m pretty precise with my strikes. I hit hard and I think that’s gonna play a factor. He cuts a lot of weight and I know he’s had concussion issues in the past. Those are bad recipes to fight me. I envision first round knockout. I feel like I fought a bigger, stronger, more talented version of him in Goiti Yamauchi at featherweight.
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 55 middleweight Mark Munoz as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Saturday (May 16, 2015) against Luke Barnatt at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines.
The longtime veteran is calling it a career after this fight, but he’s still incredibly motivated to come out and put on a show against Luke Barnatt and go out with a win:
“It’s a perfect, perfect match for me. I’m training with Kendall Grove who I fought before and now it’s kinda like I’m fighting Luke Barnatt every day. The style is good too. For me, obviously I’m not gonna fight on the outside. It’s no secret. [Luke Barnatt] knows I’m gonna get inside, put my hands on him and I’m gonna wrestle him and put him on the ground and trade Donkey Kong after that. That’s no secret, but there’s different ways to get it to the ground, different ways to grapple, different ways on how to capitalize for my wrestling. Yes, he’s very good and very tough but I’m definitely gonna test his skills as far as putting everything together. Test his transitions, his escapes from the bottom and definitely put his chin to the test too.”
MMAoddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with “Showdown” Joe Ferraro about tonight’s (May 9, 2015) UFC Fight Night 65 event, which takes place at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia and features a heavyweight main event between Mark Hunt and Stipe Miocic.
The mixed martial arts insiders passionately discussed the entire fight card as well as the latest news, but it was the main event that really got Ferraro excited:
“Anytime [Mark] Hunt is an underdog, that is value. You probably want to put a couple dollars on Hunt. But Miocic has the youth factor. He just went five rounds with Junior dos Santos. You can look at it and say he took a lot of damage or you can look at it and say it was a lot of experience garnered. Against a guy like Mark Hunt, who’s going to have the whole arena behind him, he’s gonna be motivated but I don’t think it’ll bother a guy like Stipe at all. I think he’s gonna have a job to do but in this fight, Stipe has to make it dirty. The problem with making a fight dirty against a guy with a smaller reach than you is you’re going to get tagged. You’ve got to use your reach but also get in there and punish him. You can’t give Mark Hunt space. In my opinion, you take away the space, make the fight dirty against Hunt along the cage with knees and elbows, do what you’ve got to do and work from there. This is five rounds. Use your time wisely and don’t give Hunt space and Miocic walks away with a victory.”