MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 186 lightweight (now 160 pound catchweight fighter) John Makdessi about his upcoming main card fight tomorrow night (Saturday, April 25, 2015) against Shane Campbell at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The talented Tri-star product was concerned about missing out on fighting in his home country after losing his original opponent, and rightfully so considering some of the issues he sees with Canadian MMA at the moment:

“Right now, I believe MMA in Canada is not really as big. I find there’s talent in MMA but Canadian fighters are suffering. A lot of fighters are suffering because it’s not as high in demand as the Americans, they can fight more frequently. Canadian fighters, to always travel, there’s a lot of headaches behind the scenes with paperwork and taxes and all that stuff. There’s a lot of stress. Already MMA is a complex sport, just finding the right trainers, the right group of people to take care of you. Especially now as it’s becoming oversaturated, all quantity, no quality.  Me? I’m very old school. I’m a very raw fighters. I try to keep it simple and effective. I want to have longevity. I don’t wan to burn myself out and have a career career.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 186 middleweight CB Dollaway about his upcoming main card fight this Saturday night (April 25, 2015) against Michael Bisping at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Ultimate Fighter veteran has pulled off his share of upsets recently, and he firmly believes it’s all in part to his belief in himself and his overall skillset:

“A lot of times I’m put in the underdog spot. ‘He doesn’t have a chance. He’s not gonna beat this guy.” But through my years of wrestling and whatnot, I’ve always known I’ve had that capability to pull off big upsets, beat guys I shouldn’t beat. I’ve had issues with consistency in the past, being able to beat a top guy and then go out and lose to someone who’s not a top guy. I’ve been more consistent lately and I’m just making sure I can go out there with that confidence and not let nerves and bad thoughts creep in there before the fight and just go out there and perform.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 186 flyweight Demetrious Johnson as he prepares for his upcoming main event title defense this Saturday night (April 25, 2015) against Kyoji Horiguchi at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The near-top pound for pound fighter has faced the absolute best the flyweight division has to offer thus far, and he doesn’t expect to see anything new against his upcoming opponent:

“We’ve been studying [Kyoji Horiguchi's] fights from when he was in Shooto and even in the UFC. He’s a very dangerous fighter. He likes a lot of space. He likes to hit hard and I’ve dealt with that before with John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez. The guys that I’ve fought in the past had a few more tools, they were able to display more tools than Horiguchi has displayed, but hopefully it’s gonna be a fantastic fight for the fans and the division.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 15 light heavyweight Patrick Cummins as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday night (April 18, 2015) against Ovince St. Preux at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The “Dirty Bird” has been on a nice run his last few fights in the welterweight division, and he’s confident that his familiarity with Sullivan’s fighting style will help him pull out the win on fight night:

“[George Sullivan] has big power. Everything he throws, he throws through the fence. He tries to take you out with it. The one thing he doesn’t do good is he doesn’t go good moving backwards when he’s getting thrown on. He has weird defense. He’s all over the place. I actually have a training partner named George and they look identical. The only thing different is the last name and the tattoos. Everything else, the height, is all the same. So I’ve been seeing George for many years now. I just need to go fight the other George. I think the guys is going to stand in front of me and try to take my head off and I’ve just got to make him miss.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 15 light heavyweight Patrick Cummins as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout this Saturday night (April 18, 2015) against Ovince St. Preux at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The former short notice replacement has started to put it all together in the UFC’s light heavyweight division and he wants to keep plugging away until he’s a contender:

“I don’t want to look back 10 years from now and say, ‘Oh yeah, at one time I was ranked in the top five of the light heavyweights in the UFC.’ That’s not what I’m after. All I want is to chip away at this division and slowly climb the ladder and get myself into title contention. I want to hold that belt.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks UFC on Fox 15 middleweight Luke Rockhold as he prepares for his upcoming main event this Saturday night (April 18, 2015) against Lyoto Machida at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The talented former Strikeforce middleweight champion gets his fair share of attention from the ladies, but he (jokingly) feels he has his priorities in order as his upcoming main event approaches this weekend:

“I like girls that are nice and fun, but at the same time, they can hold you back from your goals and what you want to achieve in life. That’s why I’ve been using my head movement, ducking and jiving, ducking chicks, because I’ve got to focus. I’ve got a goal and nothing’s gonna stop me until I get that belt.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with mixed martial arts (MMA) refereeing pioneer “Big” John McCarthy about the state of refereeing in MMA, especially in lieu of the recent Drew Dober/Claudio Silva refereeing controversy from UFC Fight Night 62.

The long-time referee explained why he’s in his current position and the advantages of being around since the beginning of the UFC:

“The one thing I have going for me is I was there from the beginning. I know why things happen. I was the one that wrote the rules. I was the one that wrote our criteria for judging along with Jeff Blatnick. So I know where I came from. I understand exactly what was meant at certain times so in some ways I have an advantage because I’ve been around so long and in some ways it’s not an advantage because I’m the old bastard.” 

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 64 heavyweight Anthony Hamilton as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card main event against Daniel Omielanczuk tomorrow (April 11, 2015) at the Tauron Arena Krakow in Krakow, Poland.

The former MFC heavyweight champion has a decent wrestling pedigree, and he’s potentially going to be looking to go back to his roots when the cage doors shut in Poland:

“I rarely find a heavyweight that can match the pace or technique that I have. There’s a lot of great wrestlers these days just because of MMA. The pure wrestling, it is a bit hard to find somebody as on the level as I am. I just need to focus more on what I do best and that will help me out.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 64 welterweight Seth Baczynski as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card main event against Leon Edwards tomorrow (April 11, 2015) at the Tauron Arena Krakow in Krakow, Poland.

The long-time veteran realizes he may not have many more fights left in the tank, and he’s taking a very candid approach to this upcoming bout against the upstart Edwards:

“All I can control is being in the best shape I can and I feel like I’ve done that. I feel like my timing’s and I feel like my weight’s good. I’m just all about experiencing life and having fun. I don’t know how many I’ve got left. Every fight could be my last fight. I’m at that age. Ever since I’ve gotten back in the UFC, I’ve tried to enjoy every fight I’ve had. Even though I lost, my fight with Thiago [Alves] was a blast. I had so much fun in that fight… I’m going to continue approaching it that way.”

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with RFA 25 featherweight Justin Lawrence as he prepares for his upcoming main event bout tonight (April 10, 2015) against Sam Toomer at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The former Ultimate Fighter season 15 standout plans on showcasing his entire skill-set, and he feels he’s better than Toomer in every facet of the sport:

“Honestly, I don’t think [Sam Toomer] is better than me anywhere. If I really thought so, I would tell you. If I had a weakness, it’d be on the ground, but honestly my ground game with Neil Melanson has improved tremendously, that guy, I’m glad he’s on my team. I don’t think [Toomer's] better there than me. My stand-up, my striking, my wrestling, I feel like it’s all better.