MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with recently victorious UFC on FOX 16 welterweight Zak Cummings, who knocked out Dominique Steele in the first round last weekend at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The talented veteran of The Ultimate Fighter has some momentum right now and he’d love nothing more than an opportunity to compete on the upcoming UFC Dublin card later this year:

“I loved fighting in Ireland. I had an amazing time in Ireland. The fans are phenomenal so I would love to go back and fight there. I was thinking if Cathal won his last fight, I would have loved to have a fight with Cathal Pendred. He’s done very well in the UFC. I think he’s 4-1 right now. Even though he’s coming off a loss, he’s done well in the UFC and I can see that. It would be a really great fight. It’s really just me being selfish and wanting to get back to Ireland so basically anybody on the Europe side of things would be great because I had such an amazing time there. I felt like they built me up really well with the Irish fans getting ready for the Gunnar fight so I have a huge following over there already. It’s crazy the support I’ve had since that fight. I would love to go back over there and any opponent that would help me do that, I would like.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 190 strawweight Jessica Aguilar as she prepares for her upcoming main card bout this Saturday night (August 1, 2015) against Claudia Gadelha at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In part one of this special two-part interview series, Aguilar goes into detail on exactly how she wants this fight to take place and what her confidence level is at against one of the best strawweights on the planet:

“I’m very confident in my game and my jiu-jitsu for every fight. I prepare to be ready for everything. I don’t care if we go to the ground. I don’t care if we stay standing. I don’t care if we wrestle, even if we start flying (laughs). I’m training for everything. I really want to submit her. I want to finish on the ground. But if it goes to submission or a ref stoppage, maybe the Jag power will come out and I’ll get my first knockout, I want a finish.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 16 welterweight Zak Cummings as he prepares for his upcoming pteliminary card bout tonight (July 25, 2015) against Dominique Steele at the United Center in Chicago,  Illinois.

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 16 lightweight James Krause as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout on Saturday night (July 25, 2015) against Daron Cruickshank at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The veteran fighter started strong in his UFC career, but he knows his back is firmly against the wall after losing three of his last four bouts:

“This will be 50-some fights for me. It’s a must-win for me. I definitely think I have to pull out a win to keep my job here and I know that going into it. I’m fully prepared to go in and do what I have to do.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan FC 34 flyweight Tim Elliott as he prepares for his upcoming main card title bout tonight (July 18, 2015) against Iliarde Santos at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

The UFC veteran knows he has a very tough test in front of him in the powerful Brazilian, but he feels he’s made the proper adjustments in training to pull out a win:

“Iliarde [Santos] is a big strong guy. He comes forward and he’s not gonna avoid the action. I die for those fights. That’s what I want. I want a bloody, knockdown, drag-out fight. I’ve really been working on some different things. I was always moving forward and Makovsky exposed me. I’ve been training my footwork, gymnastics, traditional martial arts… I’ve been working on having more urgency and not being too comfortable everywhere.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan FC 34 featherweight Kurt Holobaugh as he prepares for his upcoming main card title bout tonight (July 18, 2015) against Andre Harrison at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

The current Titan FC featherweight champion has won more decisions than he’s scored finishes lately, but he feels the finish coming this time around against the undefeated Harrison:

“I’ve been up and down with the finishes and decisions, but it’s finish time again. I definitely see myself finishing this fight… I feel like I’ve been doing this for a long time and my fights are starting to add up. I now have over 20-something fights including the amateur record. I feel like a veteran of the sport now” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 43 welterweight Derrick Krantz as he prepares for his upcoming main event title fight tonight (July 17, 2015) against Brock Larson at the Grand Casino Hinkley Hotel in Hinckley, Minnesota.

The talented finisher has faced his fare share of tough opponents in his career, but he feels he’s ready for the next level and a UFC call-up could be coming if he continues his run of momentum he began two fights ago and defeats his third straight UFC veteran:

“I plan on going in there and frustrating [Brock Larson] and beating him at every part of his game. I think doing that against a veteran and somebody of his caliber should put me more on the [UFC’s] radar. Who know? I could beat Brock, defend the title a couple times and maybe they’ll call me then. Right now, it’s just me and Brock. That’s what I’m focused on.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 140 welterweight Paul Bradley as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout tomorrow night (Friday, July 17, 2015) against Chris Honeycutt at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The trash talk between Honeycutt and Bradley has made things personal for the Alliance MMA fighter and he’s hoping to teach the undefeated prospect a lesson tomorrow night:

“[Chris Honeycutt] thinks he’s on top of the world. I’ve been there before. I was 10-0 and Mike Pierce had to set me back to reality. That was the fight that catapulted me to the UFC because after a couple wins, I was in Strikeforce and was on a totally different career path. This kid hasn’t fought anybody. Even when I was his age and I was undefeated, I was fighting the Dante Riveras, the Nathan Coys, the Mike Pierces. He fought a 155-pounder his last fight. Let’s be serious. The kid really pissed me off. he started chirping on me on Twitter about lifting weights and running five miles despite the fact that this kid wrestled at 197 pounds in college and he’s my height. I don’t want to accuse anyone of PEDs but let’s get real. I have all the fuel in the world to kick his ass.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 140 welterweight Douglas Lima as he prepares for his main event title defense tomorrow night (Friday, July 17, 2015) against Andrei Koreshkov at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Neither Lima or Koreshkov have fought in over a year, but the champ expects both men to be well-prepared and firing on all cylinders come fight time:

“I don’t know what type of guy [Koreshkov] is but some guys really feel [ring rust], others don’t. I think I’m not gonna feel it. Who know? I just know I’m gonna be ready for him. He’s a young fighter, he’s good and I’m just excited to put on an exciting fight for the fans.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 71 welterweight Alan Jouban as he prepares for his main card bout tomorrow night (Wednesday, July 15, 2015) against Matt Dwyer at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.

The talented Blackhouse fighter has found success thus far in his UFC career and he expects to compete on one of the year’s most intriguing cards that’s truly falling under the radar:

“Not only for a fight night card to be stacked but for a Wednesday, middle of the week card. This card is a fighter’s card. This card is a fan’s card. It’s a great card from top to bottom. The main card alone is really intriguing match-ups and fights.”