by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Frank Trigg is the latest fighter who won’t be a part of the UFC. The UFC decided not to re-sign Trigg, informing the fighter on Monday night that he isn’t part of immediate plans, now that his three-fight contract has been fulfilled. Matt Lindland might be next.
Trigg lost to Georges St. Pierre over the weekend at UFC 54 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Trigg was informed yesterday from the UFC he wouldn’t be re-signed.
“It’s too bad”, Trigg told MMAWeekly.com last night. “I am probably the third best guy in the division behind the champ, (Matt Hughes) and maybe the future champ (Georges St. Pierre), but that’s the fight game. The UFC was good to me while I was there and I had a great time fighting for them. Now I will have to look at my options. Maybe I can fight in Japan for either Pride or K-1.”
Matt Lindland might have to be thinking about a trip to Japan as well. Josh Gross last night reported on Sherdog that Lindland could be released today for wearing the wrong t-shirt to the Octagon. Lindland was not supposed to wear a shirt sponsored by the company Sportsbook.com.
Zuffa sees a conflict of interest promoting an online sportsbook company. Apparently Zuffa executives warned Lindland before his fight against Joe Doerksen, not to wear the shirt into the Octagon. Lindland did and now they may try to make an example out of him to other fighters.
If you own an MMA organization, you could build quite the stable of elite fighters. With Top 10 fighters like Frank Trigg, Matt Lindland, Sean Sherk, Ivan Salaverry, Chris Lytle and others released by Zuffa in recent months, you could have quite the organization building instant credibility with these fighters.