MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 172 middleweight Tim Boetsch as he prepares for his main card bout on Saturday night (April 26, 2014) against Luke Rockhold at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Matt Hume-trained fighter knows he has a tall task ahead of him in the former Strikeforce champion Rockhold, but he feels his game has developed more than his opponent’s:
“Honestly I think Luke has been doing the same stuff for quite a while. He’s been very good for quite a while but I haven’t seen the evolution in his game. I feel like not to toot my own horn but I’ve had no choice but to evolve because when I started my career I was very raw. My skills were very basic.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 172 middleweight Luke Rockhold as he prepares for his main card bout on Saturday night (April 26, 2014) against Tim Boetsch at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
The American Kickboxing Academy fighter has a certain swagger about him and he’s not afraid to offer a retort when told upcoming opponent Tim Boetsch feels he’s the more diverse fighter:
“I used to be just head kick happy where I’d attack the head, beat the guy’s arms up and open up the rest of my game. But I have rounded my game off and it’s funny to hear Tim [Boetsch] say he’s more well-rounded than me. He’s in for a surprise because my game is as well-rounded as it gets in MMA. I think I’m the most well-rounded guy in my division if not mixed martial arts. I think my overall game is pretty much second to none.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 11 lightweight Pat Healy as he prepares for his preliminary card bout tonight (April 19, 2014) against Jorge Masvidal at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
The scrappy veteran is currently riding a two-fight skid, but he believes he has his fire back and it’ll all come out in the Masvidal bout:
“To be honest, I feel like I got my passion back. I was doing a lot of different stuff leading up to my last couple fights. A lot more conditioning than I’ve ever done and I don’t really like doing that. It was draining me out and I wasn’t looking forward to practice. I really wanted to get back to what I love in this sport. I was doing a lot of wrestling and grappling. I still work my cardio and boxing, but I certainly want my wrestling to be a big part of this fight.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with elite grappling instructor Ricky Lundell, who prepared UFC on Fox 11 headliner Travis Browne for his heavyweight number one contender bout tonight (April 19, 2014) against Fabricio Werdum at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
The incredibly respected Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling expert has been spending a significant amount of time with Browne and he feels “Hapa’s” hard work is paying huge dividends:
“Travis comes from a background where he’s already a gritty person. He develops this skill rather quickly. He enjoys the onset of somebody else’s pain, which is a huge help in my field. He likes watching them wither, flounder in teh water and drown themselves. I spent a lot of time with Travis and making this happen. It all started coming together before the Barnett camp and the Overeem camp…He’s developing at lightning speed.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC on Fox 11 heavyweight Travis Browne as he prepares for his main event bout tomorrow night (April 19, 2014) against Fabricio Werdum at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
The talented and powerful heavyweight knows he has his work cut out for him when it comes to Fabricio Werdum’s elite ground game, but he believes his training partners have him firing on all cylinders:
“I’ve got the best. I train every day with guys like Jon Jones. We have Anthony Hamilton who just signed with UFC, and my other coaches are Ricky Lundell and Neil Melanson. You can’t get any better preparation for Werdum than Neil Melanson. He came out here and really helped me with this camp. I also had Frank Mir here too working every position, off my back, in guard. We’re ready for this guy. There’s no better training that you could ever get for a guy like Werdum than Neil on the ground.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 117 welterweight Rick Hawn as he prepares for his main event title bout tonight (April 18, 2014) against Douglas Lima at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The former judo Olympian knows he’ll be the significantly smaller fighter inside the cage, but he still believes in his hands against the talented Brazilian:
“I can play outside at distance and I’m confident in my striking against his. I think that I match up well with that. I’m smaller. I’m faster. I think I have some advantages in terms of striking. We’ll see how he reacts to everything.”
MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 117 welterweight Douglas Lima as he prepares for his main event title bout tonight (April 18, 2014) against Rick Hawn at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The talented American Top Team fighter is competing for the Bellator welterweight title for the second time and he believes his size and power advantage will be the biggest factor:
“I’ve got more reach than him, and I also feel like I’ve got more power. So I think if I connect, it’s gonna be good for me. I don’t think he’ll try to strike the whole time. I think he’ll try to clinch up, get me tired. That’s the type of gameplan they usually play over there. We’ll see.”
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.”