News and Notes
- The next WEC show will be March 24th at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- PRIDE has added the following bouts to their upcoming show Pride 33: Second Coming:
* Takanori Gomi vs. Nick Diaz
* Hayato Sakurai vs. Mac Danzig
* Kazuo Misaki vs. Frank Trigg
* Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Travis Wiuff
- Matt Lindland has confirmed through ‘The Fight Network’ that he signed a three-fight deal with BodogFight. All of the fights will take place in the heavyweight division.
- It’s looking like Tito Oritz vs. Forrest Griffin II is a strong possibility for UFC 70 in Manchester.
Welcome to the first edition of Coffee and Kick Ass, a new morning column that will include a variety of news and articles, or whatever else is going on in the MMA world.
News and Notes
- Seth Petruzelli has announced via his MySpace page that his fight at UFC Fight Night 8 on January 25th has been cancelled. Petruzelli was scheduled to face Hector Ramirez but Ramirez was forced to pull out after suffering an ankle injury during training.
- Remember to tune into ‘Inside the UFC’ tonight at 12 AM EST on Spike TV as Randy Couture will be making his “big” announcement. Reports have already surfaced stating that Couture will coming out of retirement to fight Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title.
- Lodune Sincaid has confirmed that he be fighting on the upcoming January 20th WEC card. His opponent at this time is still unknown.
- Yesterday on MMAWeekly Radio, MMA agent Ken Pavia reported that Ivan Salaverry is tentatively scheduled to fight on the April UFC card.
- Frank Trigg will defend his newly acquired Icon Sport middleweight title April 7th against UFC and PRIDE veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.
- On the note of Robbie Lawler, it is expected that he will appear on the PRIDE USA show scheduled for sometime in June.
- Joe Doerksen will be making his PRIDE debut April 28th, 2007. At this time his opponent currently unknown.
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The Gracie Fighting Championships will bring elite mixed martial artists together for a night that fight fans will not forget on January 20 in Miami, Florida at the American Airlines Arena.
Columbus, OH December 10, 2006 - The Gracie Fighting Championships, a North American mixed martial arts organization will host a night of intense fight action on January 20 in Miami. The first of four planned shows in 2007, the event is titled “Evolution: The Genesis of Mixed Martial Arts”.
Here are the results from Icon Sport: Mayhem vs. Trigg.
- Bronsen Pieper def. Vinny Delos Santos - TKO
- Sadhu Bott def. Lorenzo Moreno - Decision (Unanimous)
- Maui Wolfgram def. Ben Fonoti - Submission (Armbar)
- Ron Verdadero def. Kekoa Baker - TKO
- Paul Gorman def. Ikaika Silva - Submission (Armbar)
- Chris Cisneras def. David Padilla - Submission (Armbar)
- Marshall Harvest def. Kyle Miyahana - Decision (Unanimous)
- Mark Oshiro def. Tyson Nam - TKO
- Jeremy Williams def. Ron Fields - Submission (Strikes)
- Sidney Silva def. Jay Jack - Submission (Triangle Choke)
- Frank Trigg def. Jason Miller - TKO (Soccer Kicks)
UFC, Pride and WFA veteran and current Pride commentator Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg will make his return to MMA December 1st at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii after a short lived retirement.
Frank Trigg has had an illustrious career in which fans saw him earn the welterweight title in the WFA and number one contender status in the UFC. Trigg has participated in mixed martial arts competition all over the world and he is also a decorated wrestler. Trigg’s resume is host to some impressive names such as Matt Hughes x2, Georges St. Pierre, Dennis Hallman x2, Renato Verissimo, among others. Trigg’s brash personality makes him a hit among MMA fans.
Trigg kicked off his MMA career back in 1997 when he fought in the Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 7. Trigg was forced to fight three fights in one night but showing true fighting spirit, Trigg finished every one of his opponents in the first round.
Trigg’s first big break came in November of 1999 when Pride Fighting Championships decided to sign him. Trigg was given the chance to fight Fabiano Iha at PRIDE 8 and he made easy work of the Huntington Beach native TKO’ing him late in the first round.
Trigg had a few more fights before the newly formed World Fighting Alliance contacted him in regards to fighting for their welterweight title. Trigg spent a year with the organization where he fought three times holding the welterweight title during that stint.
Trigg’s strong performance ended up being enough as he finally received the call from the UFC to fight Matt Hughes for the welterweight championship. Trigg ended up getting two shots at Hughes for the title but unfortunately for him he came up short both times and that ended up being the beginning of the end for Mr. Trigg in the UFC.
Things went bad for Trigg after the UFC took action and released him from their roster. After losing two straight fights to the best fighters the UFC had to offer Trigg was visibly shook and he was forced to sit back and re-evaluate his stance on fighting.
About five months are being released from the UFC, Trigg signed to participate in the Rumble on the Rock welterweight tournament.
Trigg was able to put his career back on track during his quarter-final match as he disposed of the very tough Ronald Jhun winning via a judge’s decision. With the win Trigg earned the right to return to Hawaii three months later for the semi-finals of the tournament.
Trigg’s opponent was the young but very tough Carlos Condit. Trigg was forced to tap out early in the first round of his semi-final battle as the younger mixed martial artist locked on a triangle choke that put an end to the fight, Trigg’s tournament hopes, and his career for the time being.
After nearly seven month’s off, Trigg is ready for a fresh start. That fresh start will come December 1st as Trigg will be making the jump up to 185 lbs to fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the ICON Sport world middleweight title.
UFC veteran Frank Trigg has joined ‘The Fight Network’ as an on-air analyst for the network’s ever expanding mixed martial arts coverage.
“I am fired up,” said Trigg. “I never pull any punches when it comes to my views on the sport I love. Now with the multiple media platforms The Fight Network provides at my disposal, all I can say is tune in - there will be fireworks.”
Frank Trigg is back! Icon Sport has announced that they have signed UFC veteran Frank Trigg.
Trigg’s first fight will be against Jason “Mayhem” Miller December 1st for the Icon Sport Middleweight Championship. Trigg will be moving up from welterweight (170 lbs) to middleweight (185 lbs) to fight Miller.
“Trigg has all the tools to become the next Icon Sport Middleweight Champion. He excels at doing damage from the top position. And we saw what happened when Lawler got on top of Mayhem in that now-infamous second round of their bout…Lawler nearly finished the fight right there. Mayhem will be in real trouble if he finds himself under someone who has the wrestling and ground-and-pound skills of Trigg. Trigg vs. Mayhem will be an absolute war.”
The December 1st card will also feature UFC veterans Robbie Lawler and Falaniko Vitale fighting in their respective weight classes.
In case anyone is wondering, BJ Penn is already on weight for his upcoming fight against Matt Hughes on September 23rd…
“I’m in good shape. I’m at 169 pounds right now,” said Penn regarding his conditioning.
Penn was on the radio this week discussing how the fight with Hughes came about, the injury to Georges St. Pierre, and possibly fighting Jens Pulver once again. He gave plenty of interesting answers to say the least.
When asked how the match came about, Penn said, “I heard that St. Pierre might be hurt. We told Joe Silva to let us know if St. Pierre is hurt just in case you need a replacement. He [Silva] called a couple days later and said it’s on.”
With the unexpected injury, St. Pierre’s loss became BJ’s gain. “George is a great guy, no disrespect to him,” said Penn. “He’s such a tough guy. He worked his way back to the title fight. It is sad that he didn’t get the title fight… I think he made the right choice. It’s good to be at your best to come in for a fight of that caliber.”
I’m guessing that he already knew he would be the one to get the call if Georges was really hurt, which he happened to be. I know that some have said that St. Pierre should have rested some more and given training shot but BJ is right about this - A fighter wants to be 100% for this kind of opportunity.
St. Pierre had a pretty tough road back to the title compared to some fighters that lost the first time around and only won 1 or 2 fights before they got another shot - Frank Trigg and Carlos Newton are perfect examples.
Penn was also asked if he would give St. Pierre a title shot if he was to win the title from Hughes at UFC 63. His answer: an emphatic yes…
So what about Jens Pulver?
When asked about possibly dropping down in weight to face Jens Pulver in a rematch (Pulver beat Penn in 2002) , BJ responded, “Of course. In a second… I’d do it in a second. I’ll do it anytime. Let’s do it. I’m ready to go.”
“I want to be known as a champion,” added Penn. “I don’t want to be known as a great fighter. I want to be known as the best.”
Very interesting. If BJ is victorious over Hughes, I wonder if he will go with his original plan to win the belts at welterweight, lightweight, and middleweight. That would be awesome to watch.