When Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg (20-8) returned to the UFC in 2009 after a four year hiatus, he admits he made a mistake dropping back down to welterweight and trying to take on the top guys right away.
“I had a huge Tito Ortiz head and everything. But when I came back, I tried to go down to 170 and I should’ve just fought at 185. I should’ve started slow, not fought on TV, tried to build myself back up physically. But I said, ‘Put me on TV, let me fight the best guys’ and it didn’t work out.”
Prior to that, Trigg had been on a nice run at middleweight and had even positioned himself as one of the top-10 185-pounders in the world at one point.
Trigg already has one win under his belt since leaving the UFC. He scored a first round TKO over Roy Neeman at Israel FC: Genesis back in November. However, that fight took place at a catchweight of 181-pounds, and it is also worth noting Neeman only had one pro fight on his official record going into the bout.
Now 39-years-old, will “Twinkle Toes” be able to regain his status as one of the top 185-pounders outside the UFC, or has the back-to-back KO’s and weight changes slowed down the dance of this veteran?