Frank Trigg. Photo by Mary Ann Owen.
Despite Strikeforce officials releasing a press release this evening advertising former UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg as facing fellow veteran Falaniko Vitale on October 3rd in Denver, Trigg himself has stated that he will not commit himself to the fight until after his scheduled matchup against Makoto Takimoto at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” show on August 24th in Japan.
Trigg revealed his plans to MMA Junkie. According to the part-time radio show co-host, he has not yet signed a contract to fight Vitale out of hesitation that an unforseen circumstance could prevent him from participating in the organization’s fall event.
“I plan to fight for Strikeforce on Oct. 3, but I don’t want to commit and then not be able to fight,” Trigg said. “I definitely want to fight, but I just don’t want to make that promise and then not be able to compete because of an injury or something from [next week’s] fight in Japan. I don’t even want to talk about the October fight. I have not signed a contract (with Strikeforce). I won’t even look at the contract until I get back from Japan because I want all of my focus to be on Takimoto.”
Along with the pending participation of Trigg and Vitale, UFC veterans Phil Baroni and Pete Spratt were also officially announced as being part of the card in October. Opponents were not named for either fighter but are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the event, which will take place at the Broomfield Event Center in Denver, Colorado, start at $30 and go on sale starting on Monday, August 18th through Ticketmaster.