MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan Fighting Championship 29 welterweight Micah Miller as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Bristol Marunde this Friday (August 22, 2014) at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The veteran grappler is moving up a weight class to take this fight. Despite his youth, he’s been competing for a long time and he’s come to learn that less is sometimes more:
“I’ve been doing this since I was 18. I’m 27 now, I’m not very old but I feel like I’ve been doing this for so long and going so hard for so long that you kind of need to step off the gas a little bit. This pace isn’t sustainable for what I want to do. I want to keep going into my late 30′s and you can’t do that. No one ever tells you that when you’re 19 and even if they did tell you that, you wouldn’t listen. (laughs)”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan Fighting Championship 29 lightweight Mike Ricci as he prepares for his upcoming main event bout against George Sotiropoulos this Friday (August 22, 2014) at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The talented Tri-Star product looked terrific in his last fight against Jorge Gurgel, and he’s hoping to make history repeat itself on Friday against Sotiropoulos:
“What if Sotiropoulos is past his due date? What if he’s too old? What if he’s trying to make something happen that’s just not gonna happen? If that’s the case, this is gonna be the wrong fight for him because I’m really reaching my prime as a fighter, as an athlete, as a man, and I proved a lot in my last fight. Coming off the whirlwind of the UFC, I took a main event against a tough guy. I showed up in shape and I executed. I’m gonna do the same thing again this time.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 49 featherweight Max Holloway as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Clay Collard this Saturday (August 23, 2014) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The talented 145-pounder was once expected to move out of Hawaii if he wanted to truly become a threat, but his gym back home is now loaded with UFC talent:
“We got a great team. We have five UFC fighters in the gym now. We’ve got the Hawaii thing going. We’ve got a great thing going and it’s just awesome. We’re all about positivity and it’s just fun to have them. A lot of my teammates are full-time fighters and that’s something you don’t see in Hawaii very often.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 49 welterweight Jordan Mein as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event bout against Mike Pyle this Saturday (August 16, 2014) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The talented Canadian youngster has had a solid run in the UFC thus far and is looking to continue his upward momentum against the older Pyle. He says he won’t be feeling pressure come fight time due to his mentality:
“I think pressure is just kind of made up. It’s not really a real thing. If I want to decide this is a big moment in my life, then I can make it that way. If I want to decide that it’s not, then it’s not going to be. That’s how I feel anyways. That’s what my beliefs are. I’m glad my name can be out there. I’m glad my face is on that poster because that’s where I belong. It’s what I deserve. I’m happy for that, that’s for sure.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 48 middleweight Cung Le as he prepares for his upcoming main event bout against Michael Bisping this Saturday (August 16, 2014) at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China.
The former Strikeforce champion has done his best to ignore Bisping’s infamous trash talk and has instead been focusing entirely on training while healthy for the first time in a long time:
“[Bisping's] trash talk hasn’t gotten under my skin at all. I’m just gonna let him talk and while he’s talking, I’m training. Scott Sheely’s my main trainer and I brought in Dave Camarillo. I’ve got more different bigger guys from a good kickboxer to a good wrestler just to someone who scraps. We call it ‘shark bait rounds’ and it’s a fresh guy each round. I hate that the most. It seems like when I drop someone with a body kick or a leg kick, Scott’s like, ‘New guy in.’ He’ll put me on my back or up against the wall. It’s been rough.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with original Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) founder Art Davie about a wide variety of topics including reminiscing the glory days, his regrets, and his new book Is This Legal?which discusses the story behind the first UFC event back in 1993.
The entrepreneur would make one significant change if he was still in control of the UFC today:
“I think there has to be more emphasis on the amateur situation and I think that as the category leader, the UFC could be doing more and should be doing more. If the UFC were still mine, MMA is not being taught in the schools. They teach Kendo and Judo in Japan. I think we need more of a footprint in amateur MMA and if the UFC were mine, I would be doing more work in that area in terms of building tomorrow’s fighter because I think we’ve only seen the beginning of where we’re going with the evolution of fighting and fighters period.”
Also, feel free to enjoy a recording of Davie’s Q&A session taken from his appearance at the UFC Fight Expo earlier this summer:
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with recently retired fighter Marcus Davis, who’s been coaching UFC Fight Night 47 middleweight Tim Boetsch as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Brad Tavares tonight (August 16, 2014) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
The UFC veteran believes that the ground game will be the deciding factor in Boetsch’s fight against Tavares tonight:
“On the ground, Brad Tavares has a very basic ground game. Hopefully, for his sake, he’s worked on being in half guard. He doesn’t do so well when he’s in bottom half guard. His go-to from there is to get that outside half butterfly hook in and to go for the full butterfly hook and try to stand up from there. I’ve seen a lot of times on the ground where he gets taken down and he gets controlled quite easily once he’s taken down. That’s kind of the stuff we’re focusing on. As far as Tim being a wrestler, Brad Tavares isn’t. He’s not gonna outwrestle Tim.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 47 women’s bantamweight Lauren Murphy as she prepares for her upcoming preliminary card bout against Sara McMann this Saturday (August 16, 2014) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
The reigning Invicta FC women’s bantamweight champion enters the UFC with a ton of confidence and she’s hoping to bring a better skillset to the promotion than she’s been seeing in recent fights:
“My main concern with my career in MMA right now where I’m at in the UFC with the things that I’ve done is I want to have good fights. I want to put on good fights for the fans and I want them to remember me for those good fights. To me, that comes first before being the UFC bantamweight champion. I think there’s been a lot of fights in the women’s division especially lately that haven’t been very good and it pisses me off. I don’t like watching. It just makes me angry at the women that are in there that are not showing a proper skill-set. We hold them men to a high standard and I think we need to hold the women to the same standard. That’s what’s going to keep us in the UFC.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 47 middleweight Tim Boetsch as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Brad Tavares this Saturday (August 16, 2014) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
The former top 10-ranked middleweight has been in a rough patch as of late, but he’s hoping that spending a huge portion of his training camp with former UFC standout Marcus Davis will help him get back on track:
“I can feel it. I can feel it in the number of punches we’re throwing, different combinations. [Marcus Davis] is letting me throw my hands more but I feel like I haven’t lost that accuracy. I feel like I’m throwing more but I’m just as accurate as in the past if not more accurate with Marcus’ help. I think that’ll definitely lend to a different outcome this fight and I think people are going to see a new side of the Barbarian here.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 47 middleweight Tom Watson as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Sam Alvey this Saturday (August 16, 2014) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
The Ultimate Fighter veteran and former MFC champion doesn’t just want to have a memorable UFC debut, he wants to be a “can’t miss” talent in terms of fan viewership by the time he’s done on Saturday night:
“More to me than making a big statement with the UFC, I want to put on fight that makes the people want to see me again. I’m gonna go out there and I’m gonna win. It’s gonna happen, but I’m gonna win in a style that people want to see me again. I want to become a name that people want to see in the UFC. I want people to tune in just to watch me fight. I’m gonna win, but I wanna do it in a way that people want to see it again.”