Thursday, May 28, 2009

Frank Trigg? Really?

Why in the name of all things holy is the UFC bringing back Frank Trigg?

Is the 37-year-old suddenly going to challenge for the Welterweight belt again, even though he hasn't stopped since scoring a TKO win over Mayhem two-and-a-half years ago?

Sure, he's put some wins together, but none of his last four fights have been against top tier opponents and they've all gone the distance.

With all the young, fresh, hungry talent out there, why would the UFC bring back a guy who once took part in a VH1 Reality TV show to become former supermodel Jerry Hall's kept man?

There is only one reason that I see: Hughes vs. Trigg 3.

During Matt Hughes' dominating run through the Welterweight division, Trigg earned himself two cracks at the belt and came out on the losing end both times, tapping to a Rear Naked Choke in the first round of each fight.

But the Matt Hughes of those days is long gone, as witnessed this past weekend at UFC 98. Hughes would get mangled by some of the up-and-coming talent in the division, but he's also said he wants to keep fighting and the UFC can't really tell the future Hall of Famer that he's not welcomed. I mean, it's not like he's Tito Ortiz or anything.

So, instead of putting the former champ into a Gatekeeper role where he either adds loses to his impressive career record or somehow stops the progress of a talented youngster, you bring in a guy who is great on the mic and will certainly be up for one last dance in the Octagon with Hughes.

I know fighters have been going down like cold Corona on a hot summer day lately, but aren't there any fresh faces out there the UFC wants to give a chance, instead of bringing back a fossil no one really missed in the first place?

I mean shit, at least Mayhem would bring cool entrances...

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