MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 192 strawweight Rose Namajunas about her upcoming preliminary card fight this Saturday night (October 3, 2015) against Angela Hill at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The former Ultimate Fighter season 20 finalist feels she has a big advantage on a pure technical skill level and she’s working to take away any tangible chance Hill has at coming out on top:
“Definitely shutting [Angela Hill] down is the main thing… Just keep it basic and pretty much use my technical skill because I feel like my skill on the technical side is light years ahead of her. Just two months of a training camp is not gonna be enough to catch up to me. What she does bring to the table is her conditioning and her aggression. So that has been the focus, to be in great shape, like the best shape of my life and on top of that, just out-skill her.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 46 bantamweight Steven Peterson as he prepares for his upcoming main event bout tonight (October 2, 2015) against Irwin Rivera at the Allen Events Center in Allen, Texas.
The talented regional veteran is looking to pick up a big win against the undefeated prospect, and he expects his well-roundedness and experience will be the biggest factors in achieving victory:
“Obviously I have a big advantage on the ground. If it goes there, I feel like I’ll take him out really quickly. I feel like I won’t have too much trouble on the feet. [Irwin Rivera]’s gonna brawl and I’ll use my length. I’m very well-rounded. I have good striking, good clinchwork, good wrestling and exceptional ground work so anywhere the fight goes, I’ll be comfortable. I think he’s gonna explode forward and I’m gonna end up catching him on the feet and I might end up getting a knockout out of it.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 46 middleweight Rafael Lovato Jr. as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Friday night (October 2, 2015) against Charles Byrd at the Allen Events Center in Allen, Texas.
The extremely talented Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist has a completely different vibe now that he’s training for a mixed martial arts fight instead of a grappling match and it has him on pins and needles:
“[Charles Byrd] is definitely a tough opponent and I don’t think it’s gonna be a walk in the park by any means. I do have a length advantage but the fact that he’s short is gonna pose it’s own set of threats. He’s got big legs. He does come from a wrestling background so his base is gonna be good. I’m gonna have to watch out for his overhand right coming in. He has good power in his hands. I’ve trained to be prepared for the worst. I’m ready to go three hard-battled rounds if I need to. There is no taking people lightly for me right now because I’m totally out of my comfort zone. I’m going to bed every night dreaming about how I have a fight and I’m not used to that. It’s pushing me to train harder than I’ve trained for jiu-jitsu in a while. It’s put me in a different vibe and I’m just ready to put on a show.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 192 light heavyweight Ryan Bader about his upcoming main card fight this Saturday night (October 3, 2015) against Rashad Evans at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The former Ultimate Fighter season eight winner feels he has a big advantage due to his ability to stay active while Evans has been sidelined with multiple knee injuries:
“For us, I feel like we’re at different times in our careers right now. I’m hungry. I’m on a four-fight win streak and for me, there’s nothing better for me than to end that win streak with a guy like Rashad Evans, with a name like that. Maybe that’s what I need to get that next title shot. He’s a former champion, a guy people know. He’s a marker because they know how good he is. If you go out there and beat him, they’ll say, ‘Okay, you deserve that next shot.’ He’s been there. He’s done that. He’s had the championship. He’s coming off two ACL surgeries and jumping right into a training camp. We all know that a training camp is very hard on your body. We all know a training camp is very, very hard on your body. For him, coming off a knee surgery right into that training camp, he’s either going to get hurt doing what he needs to do to get ready, or he’s gonna need to pull back to make it to the fight and in your head, you’re thinking, ‘I haven’t done this in two years. Is my body ready? How am I gonna perform? Is it gonna be the same kind of deal as it was two years ago.’ There’s a lot of stuff in his head.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 143 middleweight Kendall Grove as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event bout tonight (September 25, 2015) against Joey Beltran at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
The longtime veteran has worked with Beltran in the past and he’d prefer not having to taste “The Mexicutioner’s” power in an extended stand-up fight:
“I’ve been training with Tito Ortiz…Obviously Joey [Beltran]’s a big puncher, a good boxer, a well-rounded guy, but he’s more focused on trying to knock you out. I’m also working on my boxing, defense and looking for that takedown and trying to finish him on the ground where I’ve had a lot of success in my career. Here we are, one fight at a time and it just so happens I’ve got a fight coming up against a tough Joey Beltran. Obviously if I use my range right on the feet, it’s gonna be good, but if that Hawaiian kicks in and I start slugging with him, it’s gonna be a long night for me, or a short night because of his heavy hands.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 143 heavyweight Chase Gormley as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Friday night (September 25, 2015) against Dan Charles at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
The UFC veteran seemingly has no interest in returning to the world’s biggest promotion at this point, and would rather continue to develop his game in promotions like Bellator:
“Well as far as the UFC is concerned, I’m not interested in going there at the moment. I’d probably be getting paid the same and I’d be having way, way tougher fights. Bellator is the perfect place for me because I still have a lot to improve on. I’m a good fighter but I definitely have a lot of holes. UFC, I’ve been there before. If you have holes, it’s gonna be a bad time. I still have a lot to improve on. I think the next four fights ahead with Bellator will help gauge where I’m at and if I’m ready for the UFC. So I’m not in a hurry to get there. I figure I’ve got another six years of being competitive so I’m just gonna play it day by day and fight by fight and not look too far in the future because you never know what’s gonna happen.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 143 light heavyweight Joey Beltran as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event bout this Friday night (September 25, 2015) against Kendall Grove at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
The longtime veteran has a history of getting in wild, sloppy brawls, but he feels he needs to step up the technique if he wants to succeed:
“I definitely still feel the desire. I love mixed martial arts. I love martial arts in general. It definitely saved my life. I’m still improving every fight. Even the fights that I lost. The Emanuel Newton fight, ughhh, I was doing so good against the world champion. I was doing so fucking good! One mistake, but that fight and the Rampage fight taught me, if you’re gonna compete at the upper echelon, one mistake and you’re done. It really helped me. I really grew a lot from those two fights. I really took a step back and realized just being a hard, scrappy fighter wasn’t enough to get me those wins. I need to go back to the drawing board. I’ve made some changes in my training and I think it’s really gonna pay off. It’s been paying off in the gym, that’s for sure.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 143 bantamweight Joe Warren as he prepares for his upcoming main event bout this Friday night (September 25, 2015) against LC Davis at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
The former Bellator featherweight and bantamweight champion has been dealing with some serious financial distractions in advance of this upcoming main event:
“My family’s in desperate need of some cash here, because I’m not used to losing. The bottom line is, I’m in here. All my sponsors dropped me after my last fight. Every single sponsor I had dropped me after I lost last fight. Even Blue O4. I had contracts signed through the year, everything. It’s just been really messed up.”
When pressed about the situation, Warren elaborated:
“They didn’t pay me for the fight. None of my sponsors paid me. Bamboo Nutra, Blue O4, no one paid me after I lost that fight. Ridiculous, man. It’s just been really bad. And then taxes and the whole shit. Everything hit at once. I’m used to winning, throw a hundred grand in there, pay shit off, know what I’m saying? You don’t win? Then you rely on those sponsors, those monthly sponsors. Those $3-$4,000 a month that just ran out after I lost. It was sad, man… I try to tell people, ‘You remember I won a shit load of belts, right? I’m gonna keep winning those.’ ‘Here’s $250.’ What? That’s not a sponsorship. Blue O4 was supposed to pay me 12 grand on a win plus four grand a month and I signed a contract for a whole ‘nother year. The contract was already signed and they just decided they were out of the deal.”
So what was the reason the sponsors bailed? According to Joe, it all goes back to a management dispute with MMA pioneer Frank Shamrock:
“Dave Martin, he’s my manager. He’s an unbelievable guy. Takes care of all my stuff. I had some run-ins with Frank Shamrock, remember? He’s been trying to sue me. Crazy, crazy, crazy, sending me papers. It’s just out of control. Me? I don’t need this shit. I’m just fighting. I’m not doing anything wrong, I’m a good person. He was my manager and it didn’t go right. He wasn’t taking care of the deals so I let him go and moved forward and he assumes he’s still, so yeah, he’s making sure I get no sponsors… He was a friend of mine and it kind of hurts. I don’t want to talk bad about anybody but it just sucks man… It’s kinda sad.”
The upcoming fight is do or die for Warren, as his Bellator contract is expiring as well, and he’s not sure what’s on the horizon for him:
“Hopefully Bellator will step up to the plate. My contract’s done after this fight. My contract’s done. I’ve given everything I’ve had to Bellator. Shit, you know me. I’ve given half of my body to Bellator in that cage. I believe I’m part of Bellator and I’m always gonna stay here. I don’t have much communication with that side.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 143 bantamweight LC Davis as he prepares for his upcoming main event bout this Friday night (September 25, 2015) against Joe Warren at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
The former WEC standout has turned his career around with a recent resurgence, and he feels he has the tools to outperform Warren come Friday night:
“I’m more well round-ed than [Joe Warren]. He gets the job done, but he only has so many tools and I feel like I have more tools. I feel like he has a limited approach… I think he’s so aggressive that he leaves a lot of opening. He’s stuck in his ways and he gets the job done with his style, but that style leaves a lot of openings. His stand-up’s not the best and he’s so aggressive that he puts himself in harms way a lot of the time. I feel like I’m gonna be able to capitalize on that. I think I’m gonna have a huge advantage standing up. I’m just as athletic as him and I’m a good wrestler too. If I was him, I’d be worried. His strength is his wrestling and his weakness is stand-up and obviously he’s at a disadvantage against someone with good stand-up and I feel like that’s me. I’m confident in this fight.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Titan FC 35 lightweight Peter Petties as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card match-up today (September 19, 2015) against Muhammad Abed at the Clark County Fairgrounds Events Center in Ridgefield, Washington.
The undefeated prospect has high expectations for his Titan FC debut tonight, and he’s definitely aiming to put on a show if his past performances are a precedent:
“Classifying me, I can be known as a shit-talker, but it’s not shit-talking if it’s the truth. My last fight against Brandon Pennington, I heard his corner tell him to throw his right leg kick. I told him not to do it because I was gonna knock him out. Once he did that, I knocked him out with a counter right hook. I do talk a lot in the cage, but a lot of it is the fighting game. I like to entertain. I’m comfortable with my skill-set. I feel like I know what you’re gonna throw just based on your hips, how your motions look and a lot of people telegraph their shots with punches, kicks, knees, wrestling shots. I can tell when you’re about to do it just by looking at you. I know I’m still young in the game at 2-0, but I’ve had a handful of fights canceled in the last year where I was ready to fight. I could be 7-0 or 8-0 at this point.”