by Brian Lopez-Benchimol – MMAWeekly.com


Frank Trigg has come full circle since his first tour of duty in the UFC over six years ago. The two-time welterweight title challenger returns Saturday night at UFC 109 in Las Vegas.

After a successful career as a middleweight in several organizations around the globe, including the now defunct Pride Fighting Championship and Icon Sport, Trigg returned to the 170-pound division and the UFC last Sept. against contender Josh Koscheck.

Though unsuccessful in his return, the former MMAWeekly Radio show co-host is now scheduled to fight opposite of former welterweight champion Matt Serra.

In preparation for his bout, Trigg went to great lengths to ensure victory by shifting his camp to Marc Laimon’s “Cobra Kai” school in Las Vegas.

Unaware of any tension that exists between Laimon and Serra (which was better highlighted during the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” where Laimon and Serra had come to odds concerning opinions of Royce Gracie, cousin to Serra’s jiu-jitsu teacher Renzo Gracie), Trigg assures that it’s business as usual and Laimon was the logical choice.

“A lot of my workouts have been at Cobra Kai’s the last couple of weeks especially because I’m really implementing Marc Laimon into my corner and into my training format and I really got to understand what he’s like, what he’s about, his terminology, stuff like that,” said the father of three while speaking to MMAWeekly.com.

“I needed to give myself the best shot to win and I needed short, squatty guys who have good over hand rights and great jiu-jitsu,” said Trigg in regards to Cobra Kai’s stable of fighters, which houses wrestling standouts Johny Hendricks, Jake Rosholt, and Shane Roller.

“In Vegas, there’s no one better than Marc Laimon to know what Serra’s going to do, how he’s going to do it. So I just had to make a choice and give myself the best opportunity to win and I had to change my camp up a little bit (by) including Marc Laimon.”

One of the smaller competitors in the welterweight division, Serra, a former lightweight contender in his earlier days, still packs a punch. His initial meeting with current champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69, where Serra won the title, was an instance where he was able to show his true punching prowess, something that Trigg is not taking lightly.

“He caught Karo (Parisyan), he caught (Chris) Lytle, he’s caught everybody he’s fought with that stinking right hand of his at one point or another throughout the fight,” said the 37-year-old.

“It’s tough because not only does he swing up at you, he kind of has a weird-looping-hooking kind of right hand. It’s not really straight. It’s more of a hooking right hand that comes at you, kind of an uppercut as well, but he’s also really aggressive. He’ll jump right at you,” Trigg assessed.

“For me, it kind of works out, because as far as I know, I’m the first fight on the pay-per-view, which makes it easier for me because I can go back, take a shower real quick, get cleared by doctors and then go have fun and watch everybody else fight.”