by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
The life of Frank Trigg is a busy one. As a broadcaster for Pride Fighting Championships and a professional fighter, the UFC veteran came out of retirement and claimed the ICON Sport Middleweight crown with a TKO victory over Jason “Mayhem” Miller. The former co-host of MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio returned to speak about his recent win and what to expect of Pride in the near future.
So how does it feel to be a champion?
“Like any other fight. Here’s the thing, everyone makes a big deal about championships and belts; to me, it’s not about the titles, it’s about the competition,” said Trigg. “I love competing. It was a great fight and I had a good time fighting against Jason [Miller].”
If he wants a rematch, I’ll give him a rematch after a couple more fights,” added Frank. “You’re never going to have a boring match when you fight Jason Miller. No matter how boring of a fighter you are, Jason is going to make you exciting.”
In three of his appearances in the UFC, Trigg succumbed to rear naked chokes. Those losses revealed his susceptibility to the submission. Against Jason Miller, Frank successfully defended his rear naked choke attempts. The former UFC title contender revealed how he was able to overcome his opponent.
“I didn’t panic. When Matt [Hughes] and Georges St. Pierre mounted me, I started to panic,” commented the UFC veteran. “I stayed as calm as possible. When you panic, it’s a waste of energy.”
Now that Trigg has made a successful comeback, will we see “Twinkle Toes” in competition more often? The new ICON Sport Middleweight Champion spoke about his future as a fighter.
“It’s based around my schedule. I’m really a broadcaster that fights. Before, I was a fighter who ran his mouth. My broadcast schedule is first; Pride takes precedence over everything. I still train hard but the reality of it is my future will be in broadcasting when I’m retired from fighting.”
There has been much speculation regarding Pride’s financial problems of late. Rumors of the company’s sale recently surface on some media outlets and has been the topic of many discussions. As an employee and a voice of Pride, Frank addressed the rumors.
“Let me put it to this way, at 9 o’clock this morning I got a pay raise. Let’s put that to rest.” explained Trigg. “Two major organizations offered to buy Pride and both got denied. They offered a very legitimate fair price for Pride; a very substantial offer…Mr. Sakakibara does not want to sell Pride. Pride is not up for sale. Period.”
Recently, Pride Fighting Championships commentator Mauro Ranallo announced his resignation from the company. Although Pride has yet to name his successor, Trigg vaguely confirmed that a replacement would be named soon. “I’m pretty sure I know who it’s going to be,” said Frank. “I can’t tell you.” When asked if it was someone that the fans already knew, Trigg eluded, “Maybe. Maybe he’s tall, maybe he’s short. He could be famous, but he could be infamous.”
Wanderlei Silva is Pride’s current 205-pound Champion. The Chute Boxe fighter has held his title for the last five years. “He’s supposed to fight on New Year’s Eve but I’m not sure that’s still going to happen because he wants to be prepared for his title fight in February. [However] Wanderlei also likes to fight,” stated the Pride commentator.
So who will Silva’s opponent be at the February Pride show in Las Vegas?
“Let me tell you what, once I’m allowed to tell the answer, you guys are going to s*** yourselves,” stated Trigg boldly. “It’s going to be a great fight; it will be an epic battle. It will be worth the price of flying from the east coast to Las Vegas just to watch that one fight and go home.”
“Right now is the best time to be an MMA fan.”