Thursday, February 22, 2007


By Mitch Gobetz

Frank Trigg’s career as a mixed martial artist has had its peaks and valleys like many other fighters. In his first fight in the UFC, he gets thrown in against Matt Hughes for a title shot. While he lost that fight, he came back to knock off the guy who handed Matt Hughes two of his losses in Dennis Hallman and then knocked off the always tough Renato “Charuto” Verissimo. At UFC 52, he rematched Matt Hughes again. The fight was his and he had Matt Hughes almost out, until miraculously Hughes came back to win by rear naked choke. After a loss to now UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, the UFC dropped him.

Trigg picked up a win in Hawaii against the very tough Ron Jhun, but lost to Carlos Condit by triangle armbar three months later. Trigg then announced his retirement and became a full time broadcaster for Pride Fighting Championships.

Many people felt that Trigg had plenty left in the tank and just needed to reevaluate his game. After almost eight months, Trigg returned to the ring, but not as a 170 pound fighter. Trigg bulked up to 185 pounds to fight the very dangerous Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Trigg was a pretty decent sized underdog against “Mayhem”, but he proved everyone wrong. He beat Miller with effective striking and punished him badly during the fight. He did something that not even Georges St. Pierre could do and that was to stop Jason Miller.

Trigg opened everyone’s eyes after that victory. Now for a bigger test, he is going to take on Kazuo Misaki, the #4 middleweight in the MMAWeekly Rankings. Misaki had an impressive 2006 with wins over Akira Shoji, Phil Baroni, Dan Henderson and Denis Kang. This will be Trigg’s biggest test at middleweight thus far and it has the makings of an exciting fight.

Frank recently joined Damon and Jeff on the Sound Off radio show to talk about his training and preparation for the Misaki fight. The new hot spot for training seems to be the new Randy Couture “Xtreme Couture” gym, which is where Trigg is training. “Just got done training at Randy Couture’s gym. He just opened up a new gym in Vegas. There must eighteen, nineteen or twenty high level professionals like Mac Danzig, Jay Hieron, Mike Pyle, Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, Eric Pele and Dan Christison and Frank Mir,” Trigg said.

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