MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 159 lightweight David Rickels as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event this Friday night (July 22, 2016) against Melvin Guillard at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas.

The lightweight veteran knows his opponent has experienced a rough patch, and he’s certainly not going to be taking him lightly:

“On this one, I’ve been out at Team Elevation. I did six weeks straight this time. The mindset we have going into this fight is to be ready for 15 minutes and most likely that’s not going to happen, but we plan on a 15-minute battle. Plan on the best Melvin Guillard and prepare for war.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 159 bantamweight Darrion Caldwell as he prepares for his upcoming main event this Friday night (July 22, 2016) against Joseph Taimanglo at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas.

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The undefeated prospect has really put on a show thus far in his Bellator career, recently stepping up and submitting Joe Warren, and he feels he’s right where he should be at this point in his career:

“Bellator isn’t giving me more than I could handle. They did a great job bringing me along and getting me the right fights. I deserve the spotlight. I deserve the main event. My last couple performances have spoken for themselves. They’ve done a good job of finding talent and putting them in the spotlight.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with legendary mixed martial arts coach John Hackleman about a wide variety of subjects including growing up in Hawaii, switching to being a part-time trainer and focusing on the next generation of young athletes.

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 91 flyweight Louis Smolka as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout Wednesday night (July 13, 2016) against Ben Nguyen at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The talented Hawaiian has certainly done his homework as his bout against Nguyen nears, and he seems to have a solid game plan for the contest:

“I think [Ben Nguyen]’s gonna come out really aggressive in the beginning. I don’t really want to engage in the pocket too much unnecessarily. I want to use range, kicks, if I can get a takedown that would be good too in the first. From there, I’ll try to engage harder, land some body shots, damage him. I can transition between rhythms really well.” 

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 200 lightweight Jim Miller as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday night (July 9, 2016) against Takanori Gomi at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The former top 10 lightweight has had a rough patch lately, but he feels Gomi is the perfect match-up to get him back on track:

“[Takanori Gomi]’s very unorthodox but at the same time, very predictable in that. You know he’s just gonna throw these big looping punches. He fights really short and I know he’s got a weakness on the ground, but he is dangerous. I saw his name and coming off a two-fight skid and only winning one in my last five, this is a good fight for me. I know that if I do what I’m supposed to do, I’m gonna go out and put him away.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 90 bantamweight Russell Doane as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card fight tonight (Thursday, July 7, 2016) against Pedro Munhoz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talented Hawaiian took his training to the next level when he found out who he was fighting on this card:

“When I heard Pedro Munhoz’s name, I was excited. I went all out this time. An opponent like Pedro, you don’t play around with. I took it 100 percent serious so I dieted super hard, I trained super hard, I did everything I could the right way and it paid off.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 90 lightweight Gilbert Burns as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card fight this Thursday night (July 7, 2016) against Lucas Sajewski at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt suffered his first career defeat in his last fight, but he is viewing the loss as a great learning experience:

“I’m still learning, still in the process. My last fight was my first loss but I learned a lot. I got too emotional in that fight. Good things come from bad things. I still did a lot of good things in that fight, but he was just a high level guy. I’m training with a lot of top level guys and I’m getting a lot of experience. My last fight, I felt a little bit of pressure. The day of the fight, I gassed out a little bit at the end of the first round and got frustrated with the striking, took him down and couldn’t finish. I didn’t fight the way I wanted to fight. That’s why I took a break. I didn’t fight smart. I think I took one step back to move several step forwards with this fight.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 90 lightweight John Makdessi as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card fight this Thursday night (July 7, 2016) against Mehdi Baghdad at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talented tai kwan do stylist branched out during this training camp with new coaches and training environments, and he’s expecting a solid performance come fight time:

“What changed is everything, the way I train, my philosophy. Everything was always about performing in the gym and you put so much stress on yourself and when the fight comes, you’re more nervous. I’m just trying ot change in a sense of not putting too much emphasis on having a perfect practice all the time. Some days are more relaxed, some are more technical. It’s about quality over quantity. It was about finding my balance versus trying to master 20,000 techniques. Everyone is always pulling you in different directions and the next thing you know, you’re burnt out, you’re depressed and you’re asking yourself why you’re not happy. [Mehdi Baghdad] is a Muay Thai fighter from France. It’s not my first rodeo against a bigger, taller guy. It’s always about my state of mind and my attitude. I’m very emotionally driven. I’m not robotic. I need a combination of mental and emotional so I surrounded myself with guys that understand what clicks and push the right buttons.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 90 welterweight Alan Jouban as he prepares for his upcoming main card fight this Thursday night (July 7, 2016) against Belal Muhammad at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talented former RFA standout feels he’s gained his momentum back after his last fight and he’s hoping the hardcore fans can appreciate how impressive a victory over the debuting Muhammad will be:

“It’s a tough fight because [Belal Muhammad] is a very good fighter but he doesn’t have a name yet. It’s his UFC debut so in that regard, he’s not a step up for me. I don’t take him lightly. He’s undefeated, a title holder in Titan FC and he’s coming off a win over a very experienced guy in Steve Carl. In his mind, he has a lot of momentum and he should be very confident. I was planning to face Nordine Taleb before he got injured and I was really looking forward to that fight, hoping to put Nordine away. With Muhammad, I’m hoping that the UFC hardcore fans realize his potential. Either way, the gameplan hasn’t changed. I’m coming out to make a statement. I want to put this guy away. I don’t want to be just another guy in the UFC. I know I have the potential to be in the top 15. I need to put away more people like in my last fight. I want to do the same thing, put away this guy early and grab a big fight after this.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 90 bantamweight Anthony Birchak as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card fight this Thursday night (July 7, 2016) against Dileno Lopes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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