MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 50 middleweight Chris Camozzi as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Rafael Natal this Friday (September 5, 2014) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.
The 11-fight UFC veteran knows he’s on his last ropes right now as he enters this bout on a three-fight losing streak, so his focus is on the right place:
“It’s a must-win. The last one was a must-win too. I guess they decided to give me another chance, but there’s no way I can drop four fights in a row. I’ve never even dropped two fights in a row in my career until now. This little bad luck streak I’m having here is killing me.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 50 heavyweight Matt Mitrione as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Derrick Lewis this Friday (September 5, 2014) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.
The former Ultimate Fighter season 10 standout
“In my opinion, Derrick Lewis is a bigger Kimbo. He’s got a lot of hype behind him for having only two fights in the UFC. He’s got 11 wins, 10 by knockout or TKO and his only two losses have been by decision. I’ve seen the way he fights. I know what he does and how he does it. We know he’s kind of a bull in a china shop. He’ll try to push you around, get you to the ground, but I think anybody that’s seen me fight would agree that my biggest weakness is my takedown defense against the cage. I know where they’re going to attack me. My game is long and aggressive and it’s up to me to make sure that I deliver a whole lot more than what I receive.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 123 featherweight Pat Curran as he prepares for his upcoming world title bout against Patricio Pitbull this Friday (September 5th, 2014) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The current Bellator featherweight champion made some big changes heading into this fight, primarily the decision to leave his cousin’s Team Curran gym in Chicago for Mark Laimon’s Team Takedown gym in Texas:
“This opportunity came up where I was able to come to Dallas to help Chas Skelly with his upcoming fight and I decided to stay and do my camp there because it was too good an opportunity to pass up. It was a very hard decision to make. I love everyone at Team Curran but this was another change in my life I felt I needed to make to help me grow as a fighter. It’s been for the best. At the same time, my parents live 30 minutes away from Team Takedown so right now I’m staying at my parents’ house. I’m close with my family and it’s been hard living the last seven years in Chicago. It’s been great. This is probably one of the happiest and stress-free training camps I’ve ever had. That makes a big difference for a fighter when you’re at a great place mentally. I’m in a great place right now.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 178 middleweight Tim Kennedy as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Yoel Romero next month (September 27, 2014) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The former two-time Strikeforce title challenger has a huge test ahead of him that could get him one step closer to a UFC middleweight title shot, and he feels his opponent’s lack of toughness could be a factor:
“[Yoel Romero] doesn’t like to be hit. He backs out with his hands down, with his chin up because he doesn’t like to get hit, so I’ve got to come after him. I’ve got to move forward and not give him range because he’s a very explosive guy. If I give him range to do what he wants, it could be a rough night. That’s not gonna happen. I’m gonna be in his face the whole time. He’s going to have to stuff my takedown. He’s gonna have to try to not get hit with my big punches.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 177 heavyweight Anthony Hamilton as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Ruan Potts this Saturday (August 3o, 2014) at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
The former MFC Heavyweight Champion understands he was finished pretty quickly in his UFC debut, but he feels he’s taking on a significantly less dangerous threat this time around in his sophomore appearance:
“I think he’s more of a submission guy. He’s got four KOs and four submissions out of the eight wins he has, but I definitely think his game is more submission based. Looking at my record, I have two submission losses and one KO, so definitely I would think he wants to take me down and get me to the ground and try to work for a submission. I don’t think the submissions are an issue. The guys I fought who caught me in a submission are world class at what they do. I don’t think Ruan Potts is world class at submissions. I think the fight is definitely gonna be a good match-up for me.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 177 flyweight Scott Jorgensen as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Henry Cejudo this Saturday (August 3o, 2014) at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
The former bantamweight title challenger has been on a rough patch as of late, but he thinks he can turn it all around against a very hyped prospect in the former Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, who he feels hasn’t been taking things as seriously as he should:
“I’m gonna get that purse if he doesn’t make weight, or I’m gonna make him cut it ’til he’s dead. To me, he’s either not taking MMA seriously or his discipline has seriously slacked since he won his Olympic gold medal. Either way, both are good for me. But honestly, this is the UFC. This is the big show. I fully expect Henry to come in fully prepared, ready to go, ready to rock. It’s business as usual for me. I’m fighting a killer. I’m going to go in there and kill him.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 177 bantamweight Anthony Birchak as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Joe Soto this Saturday (August 3o, 2014) at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
The former MFC bantamweight champion hasn’t fought in a year, and he’s champing at the bit to get in there and put on the type of fight fans want to see in his UFC debut:
“We’re not in there to play ‘slap and tickle.’ We’re gonna get at it and someone’s head’s coming off or a limb’s coming off. I see it being a potential ‘Fight of the Night’ candidate bout. I’m super excited about it. The guy’s no slouch. Two-time world champion. He’s a tough, tough wrestler and I think he’s the style of fighter that I love to fight and stand and bang with.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC 177 lightweight Danny Castillo as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event bout against Tony Ferguson this Saturday (August 3o, 2014) at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
The Team Alpha Male fighter is based out of Sacramento and he feels that it will give him a massive edge come fight time:
“Most definitely it’s a huge hometown advantage for me. The week of the fight I’ll be sleeping in my bed…I can go home, I don’t have to be worried about packing things. Everything’s here. My friends and family are gonna be here. It’s positive motivation for me. It’s a lot of good pressure…I grew up in Sacramento. It’s awesome”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 49 flyweight Wilson Reis as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Joby Sanchez this Saturday (August 23, 2014) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The talented Alliance MMA grappler is making his flyweight debut tonight, but if he had it his way, he’d have been competing in the division a long time ago:
“The reason, I fought my first two fights professionally at 150. Then I fought 140 for Elite XC. Then for Bellator, I signed to fight at 145 and I finally dropped to 135 my last fight with Bellator. I’m getting to a lower division and I’m only 5’4 so naturally, I should be at 125 a long time ago. I just packed on a lot of muscle and kept fighting at whatever weight class they put me in. After my last fight, I was thinking of dropping to 125. In a few of my fights, I felt undersized especially my last fight. Guys will only get bigger at 135, not smaller, so that’s why I decided to drop down.”
MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with UFC Fight Night 49 welterweight Neil Magny as he prepares for his upcoming preliminary card bout against Alex Garcia this Saturday (August 23, 2014) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The lanky 170-pounder knows he has to weather the early storm from Garcia, and if he makes the prospect work for every inch, he has a very good chance of turning it on late:
“In this fight [Alex Garcia] will be looking to push the pace early. I need to make him work for it. I’m not worried about gassing out or nothing. I can push all three rounds so if it goes the distance, I’m more than confident that I’ll win the fight that way. If I can finish it earlier, I’ll take that as well.”