Despite what UFC president Dana White stated about Frank Trigg following his UFC 103 loss, it appears that the veteran will be granted one final opportunity to prove his worth to the world’s biggest MMA organization.
“They said I’ll get one more shot, another fight, to prove I belong here,” Trigg told MMAjunkie.com. “If I win, they’ve got to keep me around. If I lose and it’s back-to-back losses, they’ll probably drop me, rightfully so.”
After Josh Koscheck quickly disposed of Trigg in their scrap this past weekend, UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight presser they were prepared to cut ties with the journeyman in order to focus on MMA’s next generation.
“These [other] guys are young and explosive,” White said of Trigg’s issues. “There’s just a whole other level of talent out there.”
Trigg disagrees with the modern-day Don King as he is pulling the Chuck Liddell card. He states that he was simply “caught” by a shot he didn’t see coming and the bout really didn’t prove anything.
“No disrespect to Koscheck, but the fight only went a [minute-and-forty seconds], and he only got in one good shot,” Trigg stated. “In my mind, nothing really happened. I got caught. We could fight again, and I think it would be an entirely different outcome.”
Apparently Trigg’s defense was much more effective than it was against Kos as White will let the wrestler back into his Octagon for one final run.
“My understanding when I signed my deal – well, at first, they offered me a fight with Johny Hendricks,” Trigg said. “But I didn’t want that fight because I know Johny and used to train him. A couple weeks later, they offered me Josh Koscheck. They said, ‘We gave Josh a couple options, and he chose you too.’
“They basically said, ‘If you lose, we have to keep you for one more fight since Josh is a top-five guy and it’s such a tough fight,” he said. “That’s why I was so surprised that Dana said that I was being cut.”
It will be interesting to see who the UFC pits against him next. Their intentions for the 37-year-old will be blatantly obvious if it’s another up-and-comer trying to make a name for himself.