UFC welterweights Frank Trigg and Matt Serra continue to trade verbal jabs before their upcoming bout on Feb. 6th at UFC 109: Relentless. The match-up pits two welterweights that have more in common with one another than either one would like to admit. Both are in the late half of their thirties, have UFC careers on life-support, coming off losses, had memorable battles with two of the divisions elites, and neither are strangers to hyping a fight with verbal strikes.
“I became a fan of Matt when he fought Shonie Carter,” Trigg recently admitted to Sherdog. “He was brutally stopped in that fight but bounced back and picked up some big wins. He’s a former champ, so you have to respect that. He also carries a lot of brass but certainly not too much class.”
Back at UFC 103 in September, Trigg’s return to the organization was met by a dominant stoppage by top contender Josh Koscheck. The first round loss to Koscheck was less than ideal for a fighter who was looking to prove the UFC right and find traction for a career looking to be redeemed. Battling a younger welterweight and octagon rust were not the only obstacles Trigg faced during his last fight; he had suffered an injury during training as well.
“Six weeks before the Koscheck fight, I blew my knee out,” he said. “We rehabbed it and tried to get everything back to where it was before the injury, but it didn’t work out like we planned. If you look during the fight, I look down towards the mat at one point. In between the mat and fence is a space. I ended up stepping in it and my right knee gave out. Then Josh put me down.”
After the fight, rumors of Trigg (19-6, 2-4 UFC) getting cut from the roster surfaced online. The 37 year old veteran, who has not tasted victory in the UFC in five years, is fully aware of what is at stake during his fight with Serra and plans on taking full advantage of a second chance at re-birthing his career.
“This is a do-or-die fight for me. If I lose this one, I’ll definitely be out of the UFC, but that’s not going to be the case,” Trigg, a two-time title challenger, said. “This fight will go where I want it to go. I know Matt is good on the ground, but if I want to put him there, I will. He’s going to have a lot of trouble trying to take me down. He might have more knockout power, but I have better punching power. Matt is a tough guy, but I’ll have no problem finishing him off. This one won’t be left in the judge’s hands.”
UFC 109: Relentless takes place on February 6, 2010 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card is headlined by Randy Couture facing fellow UFC Hall Of Famer Mark Coleman.