MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 82 lightweight KJ Noons as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card main event this Saturday night (February 6, 2016) against Josh Burkman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talented former boxer thinks many people might be taking his athleticism for granted as he enters the bout tomorrow night:

“I just get caught up in wanting to be the toughest and baddest. If you want to look at what Josh has to offer, he’s a good athlete. I was a great athlete growing up, I’m probably the better athlete. If I just put my fighter IQ, my skills to what I think I can do, I grew up fighting, if I can use my head instead of wanting to just throw down, I think I have a good advantage over a lot of people in the fight game.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 82 heavyweight Jared Rosholt as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event this Saturday night (February 6, 2016) against Roy Nelson at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talented wrestler is fully expecting a very difficult battle against the iron-chinned “Big Country”:

“One thing that makes [Roy Nelson] so tough is he’s just so durable. He can keep going forward, he can keep getting hit so many times. I can think of so many fights I’ve watched where he just gets lit up and the guy just keeps coming. The guy is like a robot and the whole time he’s throwing that big right hand so you can never leave your guard down. You’ve got to stay sharp the whole time. He’s a tough, durable opponent. He’s one of the toughest guys in the UFC to finish.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC welterweight Tim Means, who was pulled from his UFC Fight Night 83 main event against Donald Cerrone due to a failed USADA test for low levels of Ostarine.

The “Dirty Bird” was preparing for the first main event of his UFC career before the positive test, and he’s flummoxed by the drug test result:

“I’m working my ass off. I’m not cutting corners and that’s what I’m sticking to. I don’t need to go Anderson Silva-style and say it was viagra or whatever. All my shit’s working correctly. I’m a skinny dude. If I’m taking steroids, it’s gonna show. This just something that popped up and it was a low, small amount. They want to test the other urine but I have to put it in writing first. They should have done that before they pulled me from the show to make sure that they were right. How many other tests are going through, cross-contamination, going through those machines? They test 500 fighters now, all these things keep popping up. What’s to say contamination isn’t on their end? I’m gonna jump through the hoops they want me to and this will all get straightened out in the end. The truth always prevails.”

Means has never shied away from his past, which saw him serve a four-year prison sentence early in his fighting career, and he feels that could help him in the court of public opinion:

“I’ve never once ran from something that I did. I’ve always hit it head on. You can look at my back story. I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong and my ass isn’t wrong on this and I’m not gonna admit to it… I’m absolutely done with supplements. Everything’s gonna be through food now.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 82 welterweight Stephen Thompson as he prepares for his upcoming main event this Saturday night (February 6, 2016) against Johny Hendricks at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talented karate-expert has an extremely difficult striking style to prepare for and he truly believes he can not only defeat Hendricks, but be the first man to stop him:

“[Johny Hendricks] leaves himself open when he throws lead left hands, his right hand. He loves looping punches. Very rarely does he throw anything right down the middle. He loves the backhand uppercut but there are times there in those exchanges where he’s open, man, and that’s where I can take advantage of it. I feel that I can put him out. I can put a foot upside his head, land a right hand, just be accurate. I’m very accurate with my strikes, and that’s just coming from years of boxing, coming up from a karate background. I’m feeling the same way I felt about Ellenberger. I really am.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 18 welterweight Tarec Saffiedine as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card headlining bout tomorrow night (January 30, 2016) against Jake Ellenberger at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 148 women’s flyweight Ilima-Lei MacFarlane as she prepares for her preliminary card bout this tonight (January 29, 2016) against Amber Tackett at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

The Team Hurricane Awesome fighter feels confident heading into this match-up because she had had plenty of help while preparing for her upcoming opponent from a multitude of sources:

“My head trainer was the ring announcer for one of [Amber Tackett’s] amateur fights like six years ago. He remembers that fight and gave me the lowdown on that. As far as finding stuff on her, we were able to find two of her fights including her most recent one in October. She looks like a striker and she’s pretty physically strong, she’s swole and she’s southpaw… We had to bring some people in. Our boxing gym worked with me a lot and had their southpaws spar with me and that was good, and we had some of our more advanced fighters switch up southpaw for me when we trained so it was good. I had a multitude of training partners who could go southpaw.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 148 welterweight Paul Bradley as he prepares for his main card rematch tonight (January 29, 2016) against Chris Honeycutt at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

The UFC and Bellator veteran had a tough training camp in preparation for this fight, and he wasn’t going to gloss over that, but he feels he’s better for slogging through it and pushing forward with the fight anyways:

“I’m not gonna give you the standard answer of ‘Oh, it was a great camp.’ No, it fucking wasn’t. It was a hard camp. It’s been a good camp. It’s been challenging, but you know what? Some of my best wrestling matches were when I had injuries. Some of my best performances were when I did different things. It’s been good in that it made me focus on other aspects, focus on my diet a lot more. It’s actually almost been a blessing in disguise in regards to making me more strict on some other things.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 148 heavyweight Tony Johnson Jr. as he prepares for his main card bout this Friday night (January 29, 2016) against Raphael Butler at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

The former boxer expects to have a huge edge against his opponent should the fight stay standing, but he realizes that Johnson Jr’s biggest strength is his wrestling and he plans to be prepared for it:

“I know [Raphael Butler]’s a boxer. Here’s the thing. I’ve been wrestling since I was four years old, so there’s nothing he can do. I’m gonna be able to do the things I want to do: take him down if I get in trouble on my feet. I want to use my cardio as a weapon which I’ve never been able to do before. He’s a great opponent. He’s 9-1, he’s in the hunt for the title, but I just feel like I’m more hungry than he is. I feel like I have more to prove than he does. I feel like I have my fans that support me, but I want more. I want Bellator behind me, I want everyone behind me. I want that push to get to that belt. This is a statement fight for me. I’m sorry Raphael, but you’re in my way.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 148 heavyweight Raphael Butler as he prepares for his main card bout this Friday night (January 29, 2016) against Tony Johnson Jr. at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

The former boxer expects to have a huge edge against his opponent should the fight stay standing, but he realizes that Johnson Jr’s biggest strength is his wrestling and he plans to be prepared for it:

“I’ve seen him fight Volkov. In that, I noticed his wrestling was superb. He did great on the ground, but his striking wasn’t where it should be to be at the level of this type of fighter. If he had any holes, it’d be that, but he definitely makes up for it with his wrestling.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 148 welterweight Chris Honeycutt as he prepares for his main card rematch this Friday night (January 29, 2016) against Paul Bradley at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

The undefeated prospect had his last bout against Bradley turned into a no contest after an accidental clash of heads forced an early end of the bout, and he’s not planning on doing anything different this time around:

“My training camp is identical to my last one. Just going through the same motions twice which is a little bit repetitive and boring. Breaking down the same guy. It would have been nice to have an opponent in between to mix things up a bit, but it’s a part of training. I’m gonna go out there and do the same thing. My gameplan hasn’t changed.”