MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 88 lightweight Paul Felder as he prepares for his main card bout this Sunday night (May 29, 2016) against Josh Burkman at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The dynamic striker is not sure what to expect from Burkman, because he’s aware that his veteran opponent can threaten him in just about every facet of mixed martial arts:

“Where do you go with [Josh Burkman]? Just when you think he’s more of a grappler and he’s got good guillotines, the dude goes out and chucks bombs and has huge hands and throws side kicks and he changes it up. The only thing we can really do is prepare for everything. We know Josh is just one of those guys that, anywhere the fight goes, we’ve got to be on our A-game. I switched things up this camp working with Nick Catone, Mark Henry, Ricardo Almeida and those guys in New Jersey.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 88 lightweight Joshua Burkman as he prepares for his main card bout this Sunday night (May 29, 2016) against Paul Felder at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The recently divorced former Ultimate Fighter competitor expects his second fight at lightweight to go much smoother than his first:

“I got tired against KJ Noons and I think Paul and his coaches saw that. If his gameplan is to pressure me like he does and to move forward, that’s a bad gameplan. No one has been successful fighting me like that. If he does that, I will find angles and I will hit him in the mouth and will make it a short night for him. He likes to stay in one stance and come forward but my style has evolved. He thinks he’ll pressure me and break me but he’ll get more tired than I am. I’m very strong for this weight class and Paul will feel that in this fight. I promise you that’s what’s gonna happen.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 88 featherweight Jeremy Stephens as he prepares for his co-main event bout this Sunday night (May 29, 2016) against Renan Barao at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The “Lil’ Heathen” is expecting a tough scrap against a former world champion but he thinks size will be on his side since both fighters have moved in opposite directions in regards to weight classes:

“Renan’s a guy who comes forward. He likes to fight. He’s not a point fighter. He likes to go for the finish. He’s an ex-world champion. He’s fought a lot of top guys for a long time and I have too. He’s fought at 135 for a long time, he’s cut a lot of weight. I think he’s going to be healthier and he’s coming off two nasty knockout losses and I expect him to be more focused. He likes to bully guys and he does it all. This makes for an exciting fight. There’s going to be no lay-and-praying.”

 

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 88 bantamweight Sara McMann as she prepares for her preliminary card bout this Sunday night (May 29, 2016) against Jessica Eye at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The former Olympic silver medal-winning wrestler is coming off two losses, but she’s heading into this bout unfazed with a wrestler’s mentality come fight time:

“I think it will be a good fight. It’ll be a tough fight. [Jessica Eye] likes to brawl and where I take the fight will be what determines things. We’re both tough, we both can hit but the smarter, more experienced fighter will be the one that wins.”

McMann has a unique perspective on Ronda Rousey bouncing back from her loss to Holly Holm because she was put in the exact same position when she lost to Rousey in 2014:

“I think sometimes in fighting, you feel more invincible and then you realize you’re not invincible. Some fighters can work through that and get back on top and some can’t. You never know until you get back in there what you’re gonna be. Are you gonna come back in there, throw caution to the wind and fight exactly the same or are you going to be more cautious, more diligent and will that change the fighter you are? We won’t know that until we see it and even Ronda probably doesn’t know that. She’ll know it when she gets there.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 155 heavyweight Chase Gormley as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Friday night (May 20, 2016) against Joey Beltran at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

The UFC veteran is expecting Beltran to push a high pace and he’s hoping he can take care of business in a hurry:

“I think [Joey Beltran]’s gonna try to swarm me with punches and get me panicked and tired or he’s gonna get me to chase him and get me tired and try to catch me with a hook. He likes to do cage work. I still think I’m gonna knock him out in the first round. My hands are feeling good and if the hands aren’t going well, I can get the takedown. The fight’s not gonna be easy but I’ll try to take him out in the first.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 155 heavyweight Joey Beltran as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout this Friday night (May 20, 2016) against Chase Gormley at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

The fighter-turned furniture salesman is moving from middleweight up to heavyweight for this opportunity, and he’s still confident he can defeat the UFC veteran:

“At the end of the day, when shit hits the fan, you’re going to revert back to what you’re comfortable with. As soon as I put hands on [Chase Gormley], he’ll try to wrestle. I’m pretty decent at takedown defense and getting up. I’m confident that even if I do get taken down, I’m not gonna get finished. I’ll work and work to get up and start fighting again. If I can keep it on the feet, I have a good chance of winning. That’s not to say he can’t knock me out either. He’s a big guy. He’s 270 pounds.

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 198 lightweight Patrick Cummins as he prepares for his preliminary card match-up tonight (Saturday, May 14, 2016) against Francisco Trinaldo at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

The Hawaii native has done some serious homework on his Brazilian opponent heading into this bout and he feels there are some tendencies he can take advantage of come fight time:

“For the most part, [Francisco Trinaldo’s] style is kickboxing. I’ve seen the Ross Pearson fight and I feel like Ross Pearson’s style made him look good. He got outkickboxed. Pearson wanted to get in there and brawl with him but Trinaldo’s not a brawler like that. He’s not gonna stay in the pocket with you. He’s strong with his attributes but he sticks to hit. He’s strong with his habits and I can capitalize on that. That’s what I’m gonna do in the fight.’

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 198 light heavyweight Patrick Cummins as he prepares for his Fight Pass main event this Saturday night (May 14, 2016) against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

While he’s 35 years old, the talented wrestler feels he’s suffered significantly less wear and tear in his career and he’s the much fresher fighter heading into this battle:

“From my standpoint, I feel like I definitely have the youth card on my side. I’m still hungry. I still want to go challenge for the belt and I feel like he’s kinda just, ‘I’ve gotta get myself back in there. I’ve gotta take these fights. This is who I am.’ You get to a certain point and you kinda stop challenging for the belt and you’re just kinda in it to be in it because that’s all you know. At the same time, a guy like that has an insane amount of experience. I feel like in my short existence in the UFC, I’ve fought four top 10 guys so I’ve got that crash course of experience. Between my hunger and that experience, I feel like I can go out there and get the win 10 times out of 10.’

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 154 light heavyweight King Mo Lawal as he prepares for his upcoming main event this Saturday night (May 14, 2016) against Phil Davis at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion feels he has a big edge in pure punching power and he expects his opponent to underestimate him come fight time:

“I’ve got knockout power, something [Phil Davis] don’t got. I’m versatile. I haven’t shown it because I like to punch people but I think he’s gonna underestimate me and overestimate his skills. I’m gonna put knuckles in his face and he won’t like it. I’m training hard for this and really there’s nothing to talk about. Ya’ll just gotta tune in to watch me whoop his ass.”

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MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Glory 30 welterweight Ian Butler, who’s competing in a tournament alternate bout this Friday night (May 13, 2016) at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Los Angelas, California

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