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.
Since then, Trigg has won seven out of his last nine fights while fighting at a limited pace. Notable wins during that span of time include a pair of decisions over Falaniko Vitale and Kazuo Misaski as well as a submission win over Jason “Mayhem” Miller that earned Trigg the ICON Sport middleweight belt.
No potential opponents have been named for Trigg as of yet. He last competed at the Xtreme Cagefighting Federation’s “Rumble at Racetown” event in February, earning a unanimous decision over middleweight prospect Danny Babcock.
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