MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 122 light heavyweight Liam McGeary as he prepares for his main card bout Friday night (July 25, 2014) against Egidijus Valavicius at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

The dangerous finisher is just two wins away from fighting for the Bellator light heavyweight title, and he can’t wait to get his hands on¬†Valavicius:

“I don’t read all that much into it, how much he’s lost and how much he’s won. I just know he’s had a lot of fights. I’ve had a lot of fights. Not all of them are professional fights, sometimes I was just looking for a fight. He loves to scrap. He’s a tough guy. He can take a punch on the chin. I’m really looking forward to the 25th. I’m really looking forward to getting this on.”

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 12 light heavyweight Anthony Johnson as he prepares for his co-main event bout Saturday night (July 26, 2014) against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

The current top contender isn’t looking past his experienced opponent, but he feels Nogueira’s experience edge won’t be much of a factor come fight time:

“I respect Nogueira. He’s a legend. He might not have the credentials of his brother, but he’s right there. He’s been in battles. We know what he’s capable of, but he hasn’t fought a guy like me. I hit harder, I’m bigger, faster, stronger. He has more experience than me, but at the same time, I don’t think that’s gonna play a big role in the fight. I think it’ll come down to who’s better prepared and who wants it more.”¬†

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 122 middleweight Brett Cooper as he prepares for his main event bout Friday night (July 25, 2014) against Brandon Halsey at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

The two-time middleweight tournament finalist has a much longer track record than Halsey, but he doesn’t plan on taking the top prospect lightly one bit:

“If I kill him, it doesn’t really hurt his worth. I have almost 30 fights and it’s not like I fought 30 nobodies. I’ve fought a good amount of decent guys for the majority of my career. It’s win-win for him. It’s win-win for me too because I’m trying to make money (laughs). It’s the tournament final so it’s pretty decent money. I’m looking forward to getting this fight and one more fight this year. If I win, we’ll hopefully move smoothly into next year. To walk that trash-talking line, is he worthy? I’ll show you if he’s worthy or not. (laughs)”

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 12 lightweight Josh Thomson as he prepares for his main card bout Saturday night (July 26, 2014) against Bobby Green at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

The former Strikeforce lightweight champion knows how close he is to the top of the division, and he’s still not completely over being on the receiving end of a controversial decision in his last bout against Benson Henderson:

“I want to make sure I use up all my talent, all my ability, everything I’ve been given. You don’t want to look back and think you had a few more years left in you and you didn’t do anything about it. I feel like I showed everyone with one hand that I pretty much beat the former champion and everyone knows that Gil and I have had great fights before. I’m older, but I feel there’s so much more left in the tank.”

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 33 welterweight Kamarudeen Usman as he prepares for his co-main event bout tonight (July 18, 2014) against Marcus Hicks at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.

The talented wrestler is taking advantage of training with the veteran UFC fighters at the Blackzilians gym and he is planning on utilizing those lessons for a future day he hits the spotlight:

“I think it’s a huge benefit to be able to be around those guys. Rashad’s kind of taken me under his wing to where I’ve seen the ins and outs of the sport, like behind the scenes. I’ve seen what not to do and so I think it’s a huge advantage for me to be able to see that day in and day out so I know when it is my turn in the spotlight, I know the right way to go with it. I also know the way not to go.”

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 33 lightweight Damon Jackson as he prepares for his co-main event bout tonight (July 18, 2014) against Marty Usman at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.

The veteran is competing in his third major organization, and while he’s facing a talented up-and-comer, he feels like he’s done his homework against his opponent:

“I’ve just got to play my game. I think he’s still pretty much fairly new. He’s an up and comer of course. He’s fairly aggressive. He’s tall, he’s long, but he hasn’t fought many guys that can actually hit him back yet. Eventually, he’s gonna throw some strikes and he’s gonna shoot. I watched a couple of his fights and I thought the guys left openings but he took it to the ground.”

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 33 featherweight Damon Jackson as he prepares for his main event title bout Friday (July 18, 2014) against Leonard Garcia at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.

The upcoming title challenger understands that it’ll be tough to surprise his veteran opponent with anything, but he feels he has the tools to exploit Garcia’s tendencies:

“Preparing for this fight has been no different. It’s not like I have some special gameplan. I’ve watched Leonard. He’s done great things, he’s been around a long time, but he’s still got holes in his game. I’ve got great coaches behind me and we’re gonna exploit that. I’m confident going into the fight, seeing the way he’s fought in the past couple fights. I see holes in his game as long as he’s been fighting.”

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 33 featherweight Leonard Garcia as he prepares for his main event title bout Friday (July 18, 2014) against Damon Jackson at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.

The fan-favorite has done more than enough to earn an invite back to the UFC, but he prefers to stay busy rather than sit on the sidelines waiting for a fight to line up:

“I had an offer to come back to the UFC but was told I might be benched for six months because the 145-ers that they do have are already on paper on cards. The most important thing to me right now is my family. If my family doesn’t have food, then I can’t make things work. That’s the main thing for me is to keep busy so I opted out of the UFC deal that would have benched me for six months to instead fight Damon Jackson and defend my Legacy title. It was just a better fit for me. I’m getting older, and I figured that the busier I stay, it’ll be like I found my youth.”

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 46 flyweight Ian McCall as he prepares for his main card bout Saturday (July 19, 2014) against Brad Pickett at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

The former top-ranked flyweight is older, wiser and he expects to come in with several advantages against Pickett after taking a year off to nurse some injuries:

“[Brad Pickett] always gets beat in footwork. He always loses in footwork. I can see myself, just like Neil Seery did. You crack Brad and he turns into a wrestler. Which, for an Englishman, he has pretty good wrestling, but he’s still an Englishman so he won’t outwrestle me (laughs).”

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with retired UFC welterweight Chris Lytle in advance of his UFC on Fox Sports 1 gig for UFC Fight Night 45 tonight (July 16, 2014) at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The former “Fight of the Night” bonus hog discussed the next stage of his career, which included some commentary during last night’s UFN 45 weigh-ins, and he wanted to dispel a few rumors he’d heard floating around:

“It’s really weird. I’ve had this planned for about a month. I just keep seeing, all of a sudden I keep looking on different websites right now and they’re saying ‘Chael Sonnen’s fired, Chris Lytle’s replacing him.’ I’m like, ‘Whoa hold on a second. That’s not what happened at all.’ I’ve had this planned a long time. (laughs) It’s funny how people jump to conclusions about him being fired and I’m in right away. I’m gonna do this one time and see how it goes.”