Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— Despite announcing his intention to focus on his acting career full-time, UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta is now considering a full-time return to the organization following a split decision loss to Gray Maynard at last week’s UFC Fight Night 19 that fulfilled his latest UFC contract. “I can’t go out with two losses in a row,” Huerts said. “I don’t think I’m going to call it quits anytime soon. I’m still open to acting. Hopefully we get something going with that, but I’m not going to prioritize acting now. I’ll still prioritize fighting. If the UFC wants me back, I’d be willing to go back.” [Sherdog.com]
— Seasoned veteran Javier Vasquez has been tapped to replace an injured Mark Hominick against Deividas Taurosevicius in a featherweight bout at WEC 43 on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas. Hominick will reportedly be sidelined for about a month due to a reoccurring back injury. Vasquez fell in his WEC debut last month, dropping a split decision to L.C. Davis at WEC 42. [MMA Junkie]
Frank Trigg. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
“I made a stupid mistake. I stood on his foot in the corner, and I got caught with a punch. If they say I’m done, I’m done. If the UFC cuts me, I’m done fighting. I don’t have the strength or determination to go fight in the minor leagues anymore. I’ve done it before. I didn’t come back here for one fight ... so I could say I retired as a UFC fighter. I came back to make a run at a title fight. I want to fight. But if they’re done with me, that’s it.”
— Two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg tells MMA Junkie that he will decide to retire if the UFC opts to release him following his first-round TKO loss to fellow wrestler Josh Koscheck at UFC 103 this past weekend. Trigg signed a multi-fight deal with the organization in May. The longtime veteran went 2-3 in a two-year stint with the UFC from 2003-2005, which saw Trigg fall to Matt Hughes in consecutive championship opportunities.
Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Vitor Belfort’s return to the UFC was a successful one as the former UFC light heavyweight champion decked former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin with a series of punches that resulted in a first-round TKO win for the heavy-handed Brazilian in the main event of UFC 103 on Saturday night in Dallas, Texas.
Up until the ending sequence, the bout didn’t feature much action. Belfort (19-8) and Franklin (25-5) exchanged leg kicks and short jabs, but neither put together any offense of note that landed. Things completely changed however after Belfort clipped Franklin with an overhand left during an exchange.
We will be going live at 6:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort”, which will take place at a sold out American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event’s televised main card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET. An additional hour of preliminary bouts will also be shown on Spike TV starting at 9:00 PM ET prior to that.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort headlines the event, returning to the UFC in a 195 lb catchweight bout against former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. A heavyweight contenders clash between formidable strikers Mirko Cro Cop and Junior Dos Santos serves as the co-main event.
Frank Trigg. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
“Let’s be honest: This is a title run. I don’t have much time left. I’m 37 years old and I’m only going to be around four, five more years. (The sport is) going to develop too much around me. No matter what I’m going to do, I’m not going to be able to develop. Age and wisdom can only take you so far before age catches up to you. I want to go out at least having made the attempt of being one of the best guys out there.”
— Former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg tells Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports why his new, four-fight deal with the UFC might be his last career run at a major title.
Frank Trigg. Photo by Mary Ann Owen. Used with permission.
Former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg will reportedly return to the promotion after spending the last four years of his career competing in other shows around the world.
Trigg informed MMA Junkie that he has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and expects to make his official return to the Octagon as part of the UFC’s welterweight division in the “late fall or early winter”.
The former collegiate standout wrestler racked up a 2-3 record during his last stint with the UFC from 2003-2005. He fell in his UFC debut, a failed welterweight title shot against then-champion Matt Hughes. Wins over Dennis Hallman and Renato Verissimo followed, but Trigg found himself released from the organization after another title loss to Hughes and an extremely one-sided beating at the hands of a young Georges St. Pierre.
In the above video, longtime veteran Frank Trigg discusses his win over the weekend against upstart middleweight prospect Danny Babock at Xtreme Cagefighting Federation’s “Rumble in Racetown” event in Daytona Beach, Florida as well as his decision to move back down to the welterweight division.
HT: Bloody Elbow
Frank Trigg. Photo by Mary Ann Owen.
Former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg was pushed to the limit by upstart middleweight prospect Danny Babock before the veteran came away with a unanimous decision in the main event of Xtreme Cagefighting Federation’s “Rumble in Racetown” event in Daytona Beach, Florida.
In other action, Terry Martin was upset by an unknown Zak Cummings via a surprising split decision and controversial “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jesse Taylor remained unbeaten since his release from the UFC with a submission of American Top Team product Gert Kocani.
Complete results from the event:
Frank Trigg def. Danny Babcock - Unanimous Decision
Zak Cummings def. Terry Martin - Split Decision
Jesse Taylor def. Gert Kocani - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Ryan Keenan def. Blake Bowman - TKO (Strikes)
Todd Cutler def. Jeremy May - TKO (Strikes)
Marcus Jones def. John Juarez - TKO (Strikes)
T.J. Cook def. Scott Harper - KO (Punch)
Gilbert Burgos def. Chris Thorne - TKO (Cut)
Carlos Condit. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
- It appears that WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit could be headed to the UFC after all. Days after a Five Ounces of Pain report suggested that the WEC was attempting to match Condit up against Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in April after Condit was forced out of his March 1 title defense against Brock Larson due to injury, MMA Junkie is reporting that has been signed for the event, essentially signaling the end for the WEC’s 170 lb. division. In semi-related news, Dann Stupp and company are also saying that “Ultimate Fighter 8” runner-up Philippe Nover will likely return to action against Kyle Bradley at UFC 98.
Frank Trigg. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg revealed through his Facebook account over the weekend that he may be returning to action in February, but declined to mention a potential opponent or hosting organization. “It looks like I will be fighting in Feb but can’t say where yet. Once the deal is done I will let you guys know,” Trigg’s post read. The longtime veteran last fought in October, winning a decision over Falaniko Vitale.