MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with TUF Nations Finale featherweight Dustin Poirier as he prepares for his main card bout this Wednesday (April 16, 2014) against Akira Corassani at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The talented American Top Team product is on a huge roll right now in the UFC’s 145-pound division and he won’t be surprised if his opponent is slightly intimidated come Wednesday:
“I’m gonna go in there and take whatever he gives me. If it’s in the first round, I’ll get him out of there. I’m expecting him to come in a little nervous because of my punching power. He hasn’t been as active like I said and I’ve been competing against the best guys at a very high level in the UFC these past years.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with TUF Nations Finale light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo as he prepares for his preliminary card bout this Wednesday (April 16, 2014) against Sean O’Connell at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The former MFC 205 pound champion recently switched from the Blackzilians Gym at Imperial Athletics to Power MMA in Arizona and explained why:
“I was with the Blackzilians for a little while and it just wasn’t the right fit for me. It’s not the same kind of people. I didn’t get along with a lot of the people down there…I kind of got away from my roots. When I was in Edmonton, I got to use my karate with my kickboxing and it worked out really well. When I went down there, it was a lot of Dutch kickboxing which wasn’t quite my style.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 116 welterweight Adam McDonough as he prepares for his main card bout tonight (April 11, 2014) against Nathan Coy at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The undefeated fighter is bracing for perhaps the biggest test of his career against Coy, and the stakes couldn’t be higher considering he’s just two wins away from a title shot. McDonough isn’t a big for trash talk, and he feels his fists will do all the talking tonight:
“I come to finish fights. That’s one thing I will say. I have a lot of finishes on my record for a reason… I’m not a big talker. I let my actions in the cage do the talking for me.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 116 light heavyweight Joey Beltran as he prepares for his main card bout this Friday night (April 11, 2014) against Vladimir Matyushenko at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
The burly brawler understands that this is likely his opponent’s final professional fight, but that doesn’t mean he plans on taking it easy on “The Janitor:”
“Regardless, I kind of knew that was the stage of the career [Matyushenko] was at. He’s a guy that I grew up watching and have a ton of respect for, but at the same time, I need a win. I’m coming off two straight losses and if he wants to go, I’m gonna do my best to send him out with a bang.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 39 heavyweight John Howard as he prepares for his main card bout this Friday (April 11, 2014) against Ryan LaFlare at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The long-time veteran out of Boston has gone 2-0 in his most recent stint with the UFC, and he’s hoping to win his third straight bout as a considerable underdog this time around:
“People are counting me out. I don’t know why. It’s the funniest thing ever. They think because I came back to the UFC that I’m some old man and not in shape. I proved to the world twice. First of all, I went up a weight class to 185 which I shouldn’t have been, beat a great fighter in Uriah Hall, a guy who just retired Chris Leben. I beat that guy and then Siyar, one of the best kickboxers in the world. I out-kickboxed him. I don’t know why people are sleeping on me. If LaFlare thinks he can outwork me, he’s in for a reality check.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 39 heavyweight Jared Rosholt as he prepares for his preliminary card bout this Friday (April 11, 2014) against Daniel Omielanczuk at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The Team Takedown fighter has a well-rounded game and he enters this bout with the confidence of a 1-0 UFC combatant. He feels the fight will be his as long as he can handle his opponent’s early pressure:
“[Omielanczuk]‘s gonna throw a lot of body and head kicks. He’s a southpaw. It’s nice that I just came off of fighting a southpaw so it’s still fresh in my mind from last camp. I had a great training partner from Canada who’s a southpaw and that was great for me. The first 30 seconds will be like, ‘Keep your hands up, weather the storm and do work.’”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 39 featherweight Clay Guida as he prepares for his co-main event bout this weekend (April 11, 2014) against Tatsuya Kawajiri at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The scrappy veteran has some of the best heart and conditioning in the UFC’s featherweight division and he plans on utilizing his physical tools against his Japanese opponent on Saturday:
“[Kawajiri]‘s probably a little more technical but he’s gonna feel what the Midwest wrestling and style of striking is all about. With flurries on the ground and scrambles, he’s gonna have a hard time keeping up with me for 15 minutes.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 115 middleweight Johnny Cisneros as he prepares for his main card bout tonight (April 4, 2014) against Mikkel Parlo at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
The Mike Guyman-trained fighter has a very tall task ahead of him in the talented young Parlo, but he hopes everyone will remember who he is when he’s done competing tonight:
“I’m an aggressive stirker and if the opening is there for a takedown, I’ll go for the takedown. If there’s a chance for a ground and pound finish, I’ll take that. If a submission is there, I’ll go for it as well. There’s not just one particular way that I’d like to win. My deal is I want the crowd to remember my name. I want them to say, win or lose, ‘He went out there and he went after it.’”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Legacy FC 30 featherweight Donald Sanchez as he prepares for his co-main event bout on Friday night (April 4, 2014) against Flavio Alvaro at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Jackson’s MMA prospect will be fighting in his backyard of Albuquerque and he feels that could be just the advantage he needs to push him over the edge to victory:
“I kind of see [Flavio Alvaro] as a very experienced fighter like me. Very well-rounded. Maybe he thinks he has the edge because he’s fought longer and has more fights, but I don’t think that. I think I have the edge being in my hometown, being at elevation. All that stuff is a factor. I like to push the pace and that’s what I do.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 115 lightweight Sam Oropeza as he prepares for his tournament bout on Friday night (April 4, 2014) against Andrey Koreshkov at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
The current Las Vegas resident is riding a four-fight knockout streak, but his power wasn’t something that came naturally:
“When I fought Shedrick [Goodridge] in Bellator, I actually broke my leg in the fight so after the fight I couldn’t really kick because I didn’t want to hurt my leg. Instead, I really focused on punching power. In those last two fights, Chip Pollard was a left hook knockout and [Christiano Souza] was a right hook. I’m finally starting to develop that knockout power. It’s something that I’ve wanted since I started training but it takes a while to develop it. I wasn’t born with it and I had to work hard for it.”