Frank Trigg, who lost to Josh Koscheck in the first round, may be hanging up the gloves for good as well. According to Trigg, the decision will come down to whether or not the UFC releases from his contract, and by the way Dana White was talking following the event, it doesn’t sound good.
“I think Trigg is one of those guys (like Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic),” White said after the conclusion of the UFC 103 post-fight press conference. “These (other) guys are young and explosive. There’s just a whole other level of talent out there, man, and that’s the way it works. That’s the way this business is.”
So, will he give it some thought before terminating the contract?
“I doubt it,” White shrugged. “He got smoked tonight.”
If the UFC does in fact cut Trigg, he says he doesn’t haven’t in him to go back to the smaller shows to try and make it back.
“If they say I’m done, I’m done,” he said. “If the UFC cuts me, I’m done fighting. I don’t have the strength or determination to go fight in the minor leagues anymore. I’ve done it before.
“I didn’t come back here for one fight … so I could say I retired as a UFC fighter. I came back to make a run at a title fight. I want to fight. But if they’re done with me, that’s it.”
I hate to say it, but Dana’s probably right on this one. I’d like to see Trigg get one chance preferably against someone a little lower on the totem pole, give him a chance to go out on a win, but we all know that’s not how these kind of stories end.
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Update: Good news for Frank Trigg. He’s not done. The UFC is going to give another chance.
“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.”