bellator interview

September 9th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 124 light heavyweight Joey Beltran as he prepares for his upcoming main event title bout against Emanuel Newton this Friday night (September 12th, 2014) at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township, Michigan. The former UFC standout has caught some flack for receiving a title shot due to some feeling…

September 8th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 124 light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton as he prepares for his upcoming main event title bout against Joey Beltran tomorrow night (September 12th, 2014) at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township, Michigan. The talented champion knows he has a stern test in front of him, but he’s looking forward…

September 4th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 123 heavyweight Josh Burns as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Bobby Lashley tomorrow night (September 5th, 2014) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The veteran heavyweight may be going into this bout against Lashley with a wrestling disadvantage, but he feels if he…

September 3rd, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 123 light heavyweight King Mo Lawal as he prepares for his upcoming main card bout against Dustin Jacoby this Friday (September 5th, 2014) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Editor’s note: This interview took place when Lawal was expecting to fight Marcus Surza. Surza got injured and…

September 1st, 2014
Frank Trigg

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…

July 24th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 122 welterweight Karo Parisyan as he prepares for his main card bout tonight (July 25, 2014) against Phil Baroni at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The gritty veteran still has quite a bit left in the tank, and he believes a run for the Bellator…

July 24th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 122 middleweight Brandon Halsey as he prepares for his tournament final bout Friday night (July 25, 2014) against Brett Cooper at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The unbeaten prospect is still pretty new to the fight game, but he won’t be intimidated by Cooper come…

July 24th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 122 welterweight Adam McDonough as he prepares for his tournament final bout Friday night (July 25, 2014) against Andrey Koreshkov at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The unbeaten Minnesotan won’t be intimidated by his dangerous upcoming opponent, because he knows it’ll play right into the…

July 23rd, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 122 welterweight Phil Baroni as he prepares for his main card bout Friday night (July 25, 2014) against Karo Parisyan at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The longtime veteran has some history with Parisyan, but that friendship will go out the window come fight time…

July 23rd, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 122 lightweight Bubba Jenkins as he prepares for his preliminary card bout Friday night (July 25, 2014) against Poppies Martinez at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The talented former standout wrestler has continued to develop his overall game inside the Bellator cage, and while he’s…

July 23rd, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 122 light heavyweight Liam McGeary as he prepares for his main card bout Friday night (July 25, 2014) against Egidijus Valavicius at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The dangerous finisher is just two wins away from fighting for the Bellator light heavyweight title, and he…

July 23rd, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 122 middleweight Brett Cooper as he prepares for his main event bout Friday night (July 25, 2014) against Brandon Halsey at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The two-time middleweight tournament finalist has a much longer track record than Halsey, but he doesn’t plan on taking…

May 17th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 120 featherweight Mike Richman as he prepares for his preliminary card bout tonight (May 17, 2014) against Goiti Yamauchi at the Landers Center in South Haven, Mississippi. The multi-time tournament participant is a solid striker, and he feels that his upcoming opponent will give him plenty of opportunities…

May 16th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 120 light heavyweight Tito Ortiz as he prepares for his main card bout this Saturday night (May 17, 2014) against Alexander Shlemenko at the Landers Center in South Haven, Mississippi. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion knows he has a tough challenge ahead of him, but he’s still…

May 16th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 120 lightweights Will Brooks and Michael Chandler as they prepare for their main card bouts this Saturday night (May 17, 2014) at the Landers Center in South Haven, Mississippi. Editor’s note: Both of these interviews took place before the recent shake-up to the Bellator PPV. Brooks was initially…

May 16th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 120 heavyweight Cheick Kongo as he prepares for his Spike TV bout this Saturday night (May 17, 2014) against Eric Smith at the Landers Center in South Haven, Mississippi. The veteran fighter is coming off a tough five-round title defeat at the hands of champion Vitaly Minakov, and…

May 9th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 119 featherweight Chris Horodecki as he prepares for his main card bout tonight (May 9, 2014) against Marlon Sandro at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. The “Our age, we have very similar experience but I have 10 years of youth on [Marlon Sandro]. I’m not gonna…

May 9th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 119 heavyweight Raphael Butler as he prepares for his main card bout tonight (May 9, 2014) against Nick Rossborough at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. The former Golden Gloves boxer remains unbeaten and he expects a very game opponent come fight time: “[Nick Rossborough] is gonna…

May 8th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 119 featherweight Desmond Green as he prepares for his main event tournament final bout on Friday night (May 9, 2014) against Daniel Weichel at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. The upstart featherweight has done his research and he feels his speed advantage will be a huge…

May 1st, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 118 light heavyweight Mike Mucitelli as he prepares for his main card tournament semifinal bout on Friday night (May 2, 2014) against Liam McGeary at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The lanky veteran feels his experience advantage will definitely be the deciding factor come…

May 1st, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 118 welterweight Sam Oropeza as he prepares for his main card tournament semifinal bout on Friday night (May 2, 2014) against Andrey Koreshkov at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The gritty veteran will be fighting in his backyard against Koreshkov, and he feels that…

April 30th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 118 light heavyweight Liam McGeary as he prepares for his main card tournament bout on Friday night (May 2, 2014) against Mike Mucitelli at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The talented UK native has taken Bellator by storm in his first three bouts with…

April 18th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 117 welterweight Rick Hawn as he prepares for his main event title bout tonight (April 18, 2014) against Douglas Lima at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The former judo Olympian knows he’ll be the significantly smaller fighter inside the cage, but he still believes in his…

April 18th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 117 welterweight Douglas Lima as he prepares for his main event title bout tonight (April 18, 2014) against Rick Hawn at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The talented American Top Team fighter is competing for the Bellator welterweight title for the second time and he believes…

April 11th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 116 welterweight Adam McDonough as he prepares for his main card bout tonight (April 11, 2014) against Nathan Coy at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The undefeated fighter is bracing for perhaps the biggest test of his career against Coy, and the stakes couldn’t be…

April 11th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 116 light heavyweight Joey Beltran as he prepares for his main card bout this Friday night (April 11, 2014) against Vladimir Matyushenko at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The burly brawler understands that this is likely his opponent’s final professional fight, but that doesn’t mean…

April 4th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

Despite this being Vitaly Minakov’s first Bellator Heavyweight Title defense, the talented Russian has experienced this feeling several times before. Undefeated (13-0) in mixed martial arts, Minakov hails from an extensive combat sambo, judo and wrestling background, rising to the World Championship gold medal level for four straight years from 2008-2011. Since transitioning to mixed…

April 4th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 115 middleweight Johnny Cisneros as he prepares for his main card bout tonight (April 4, 2014) against Mikkel Parlo at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The Mike Guyman-trained fighter has a very tall task ahead of him in the talented young Parlo, but he hopes everyone…

April 3rd, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 115 lightweight Sam Oropeza as he prepares for his tournament bout on Friday night (April 4, 2014) against Andrey Koreshkov at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The current Las Vegas resident is riding a four-fight knockout streak, but his power wasn’t something that came naturally: “When…

April 3rd, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 115 middleweight Dan Cramer as he prepares for his tournament bout on Friday night (April 4, 2014) against Jeremy Kimball at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The American Top Team fighter knows he’s just two fights away from a middleweight title shot against current champion Alexander…

April 1st, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 116 light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko as he prepares for his main card bout next Friday night (April 11, 2014) against Joey Beltran at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The long-time mixed martial arts veteran has competed in 34 bouts over the course of his 17-year…

April 1st, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 115 heavyweight Cheick Kongo as he prepares for his tournament bout on Friday night (April 4, 2014) against Vitaly Minakov at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The former UFC standout had a promising start to his Bellator career when he won a four-man heavyweight tournament to…

March 28th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 114 middleweight Brett Cooper as he prepares for his tournament bout tonight (March 28, 2014) against Kendall Grove at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The recent middleweight title challenger understands the importance of keeping your opponent guessing and he feels that will be vital to…

March 28th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 114 middleweight Kendall Grove as he prepares for his tournament bout tonight (March 28, 2014) against  Brett Cooper at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The former season three winner of The Ultimate Fighter has quietly started to turn his career around and he’s hoping his…

March 28th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 114 middleweight Brennan Ward as he prepares for his title bout tonight (March 28, 2014) against champion Alexander Shlemenko at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The current number one contender earned his title shot by winning three straight bouts via second round stoppages as an…

March 19th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 113 light heavyweight Emanuel Newton as he prepares for his title unification bout on Friday night (March 21, 2014) against champion Attila Vegh at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. The current Bellator interim light heavyweight champion faced Vegh in the finals of his first 205 pound…

March 18th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 113 welterweight David Rickelsl as he prepares for his tournament quarterfinal bout on Friday night (March 21, 2014) against Patricky Pitbull at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. The former lightweight tournament winner knows he has a tall task ahead of him, but Rickels feels his conditioning…

March 12th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 112 welterweight Nah-Shon Burrell as he prepares for his tournament quarterfinal bout on Friday night (March 14, 2014) against Adam McDonough at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Editor’s note: This interview took place when Burrell was expecting to fight War Machine. We focused on his non-War Machine-related…

March 11th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 112 welterweight Jesse Juarez as he prepares for his tournament quarterfinal bout on Friday night (March 14, 2014) against Adam McDonough at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The talented former top prospect has some of the best wrestling in Bellator’s welterweight division and he’s not going to…

March 5th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 111 heavyweight Lavar Johnson as he prepares for his tournament quarterfinal bout on Friday night (March 7, 2014) against Ryan Martinez at the Winstar Wold Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The former Strikeforce and UFC standout is looking to get back on track after suffering from a three-fight losing…

March 3rd, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 111 featherweight Pat Curran as he prepares for his title fight rematch next Friday night (March 14, 2014) against Daniel Straus at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The former Bellator featherweight champion has been dealing with personal issues in the last year, and opened up to MMAOddsBreaker…

February 27th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 110 featherweight Mike Richman as he prepares for his tournament quarterfinal bout tomorrow night (February 28, 2014) against Desmond Green at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The former marine hasn’t competed against a left-handed fighter in a professional fight, but he’ll be more than ready for the…

February 27th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 110 light heavyweight “King Mo” Lawal as he prepares for his main card tournament semifinal bout tomorrow night (February 28, 2014) against Mikhail Zayats at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion knows he has a tough test in front of him, but…

November 22nd, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 109 welterweight Rick Hawn as he prepares for his main card tournament final bout tonight (Nov. 22, 2013) against Ron Keslar at the Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The former United States Judo Olympian is gearing up for a chance to win his second straight Bellator…

November 20th, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 109 middleweight Doug Marshall as he prepares for his headlining title bout on Friday night (Nov. 22, 2013) against Alexander Shlemenko at the Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The former WEC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion is getting a fresh opportunity to earn a new belt…

November 15th, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 108 bantamweight Tom McKenna as he prepares for his main card bout tonight (Nov. 15, 2013) against Marcos Galvao at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Kentucky-based veteran will be looking to take advantage of his tremendous opportunity on the national stage and he’s braced…

November 15th, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 108 featherweight Justin Wilcox as he prepares for his tournament final bout tonight (Nov. 15, 2013) against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The American Kickboxing Academy standout played it a bit safe in his semifinal bout, winning a pretty one-sided unanimous…

November 14th, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 108 light heavyweight Joey Beltran as he prepares for his main event bout on Friday night (Nov. 15, 2013) against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The durable light heavyweight understands this is the biggest fight of his career, but just because…

November 6th, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 107 middleweight Yves Edwards as he prepares for his tournament final bout on Friday night (Nov. 8, 2013) against Mikkel Parlo at the Winstar Wold Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The initial tournament replacement has done a great job in the second rounds of his fights, and he feels…

November 2nd, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 106 light heavyweight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal as he prepares for his interim title fight tonight (Nov. 2, 2013) against Emanuel Newton at The Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California. The former standout Oklahoma State wrestler was knocked out by Newton in their initial meeting, but…

November 1st, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 106 lightweight champion Michael Chandler as he prepares for his title fight this weekend (Nov. 2, 2013) against Eddie Alvarez at The Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California. The talented Alliance MMA fighter dethroned Eddie Alvarez when they first fought two years ago. Since then, Alvarez…