MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 21 middleweight Sam Alvey as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday night (August 27, 2016) against Kevin Casey at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The powerful middleweight slugger feels he knows what to expect from Kevin Casey, but that certainly doesn’t mean he thinks his upcoming bout will be easy:

“Come round two, Kevin Casey looks like a different fighter and it really hits him come round three. He’s a really athletic fighter. He reminds me a little bit of Derek Brunson where he’s got that good wrestling/grappling base and he’s a great athlete on top of it, so I have plenty to be worried about. I’m pretty confident in the strategy we’ve got going forward.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 160 lightweight Saad Awad as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Friday night (August 26, 2016) against Derek Anderson at the Honda Center in Los Angeles, California.

The heavy hitter has some interesting thoughts about his opponent and what he expects come fight time:

“Every fight that [Derek Anderson]’s had, even when he got hit hard, he kept it on the feet and he keeps trying to outstrike and outwork his opponent. If he comes with that gameplan against me, he’s gonna be in for a long night.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 160 lightweight AJ McKee as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Friday night (August 26, 2016) against Cody Walker at the Honda Center in Los Angeles, California.

The talented progeny of Antonio McKee is off to a hot start in his career and he feels Bellator is testing him right now to see just how good he really is:

“I feel Bellator doesn’t really know how good I am. With the Corralles fight, that was them throwing a gauge at me to see where I’m at because he’s fought our champ and our ex-champ so it would have been a good showcase to see where I’m at. Whoever they throw at me, I feel it’s going to be the same result every time until I get to those top two, top three contenders and I have to pick a fighter apart. Even at the same time, Top two, top three, if you leave an opening, I’m gonna take it and I’m going to put you down.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 202 welterweight Tim Means as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Saturday night (August 20, 2016) against Sabah Homasi at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The Dirty Bird” is returning from a six month suspension due to a tainted supplement, and he’s got a new lease on life now that he’s been able to put that behind him:

“[Sabah Homasi] is a dangerous guy with power, but he’s been knocking out guys who are out of shape. I can’t really look past that. I’m hungry. I’ve never been this focused. I’m just happy to be back and whoever they put in front of me, I’m going to have a barnburner and I’m here to make a statement and let everybody realize that I’m here to stay.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 92 featherweight Cub Swanson as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday (August 6, 2016) against Tatsuya Kawajiri at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The top-ranked featherweight has definitely done his homework in advance of his upcoming bout, and it’s very unlikely he’ll be surprised by anything his opponent brings to the table

“I watched the tapes and started going back a bit further. It’s weird. [Kawajiri] has a really weird stand-up style and it’s very safe. He doesn’t want to get hit, but when he wants to take you down, he’s gonna smother you. He’s trying to hide all that. I definitely respect what he brings to the table. He throws a weak overhand and combines it with a spinning backfist and he’s caught a lot of people with it. He’s got a running kick, he’s got some tools. You’ve just gotta take those tools away from him and take advantage of his vulnerable points.”

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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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