UFC and Pride veteran Frank Trigg was arrested yesterday in Las Vegas for battery (domestic violence) - strangulation. The incident, involving Trigg and his wife allegedly occurred in October 2011. ProMMAnow.com is reporting that Trigg is being held at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on a $15,000 bond and is awaiting an Aug. 10 court date.
The arrest appears to be related to an incident first reported by gossip site The Dirty back in April:
MMA fighter Frank Trigg choked out his wife in front of his children on October 17th, 2011. They are now going through a VERY messy divorce and the children who saw the carnage are right in the middle of it. He no longer is employed at HDnet because he was sleeping with a co-worker, assistant producer, 23 year old Amy Vaughn. The company does not approve of the affair and abuse that they were made aware of soon after the incident and have chosen not to utilize his services as a commentator anymore.
Trigg spoke to The MMA Hour when the rumors emerged in April. His statement to Ariel Helwani is after the jump...
"I've never been arrested, I've never been picked up, I've never been convicted of anything ever in my life other than a speeding ticket," he said. "That's the only thing I've ever been convicted of. That's it. So I don't know where this other stuff is coming from. I have no idea what's going on, but I've never been charged with any crime ever in my life, ever, other than speeding and maybe a couple illegal parkings."
On The MMA Hour, he said The Dirty report was "one-third of a story," implying that important details were left out. He said his divorce was finalized just days prior to the report coming out, and that the two sides were waiting on final paperwork and a visitation agreement, among a few other things.
"There is a court order," he said. "We're not allowed to talk about each other publicly and she obviously breached it."
The alleged incident did however cost Trigg his job with HDNet. Trigg said that when HDNet was nearing an agreement with Seacrest Media, AEG and Creative Artists Agency to rebrand the channel, there were internal concerns about how such an incident may be perceived.
"They were very nervous because of the affiliation that someone with a vendetta could make public statements about me that were untrue and inflammatory," he said. "There's nothing I could do about it, because once it's on the internet, it's on the internet. They couldn't take the chance with a loose cannon being out there, and that's exactly what happened. That's 100 percent what happened. You can't fault HDNet for trying to save their company and trying to expand their network and what they're trying to do with their network by letting me go. They were scared of what was going to happen, and it happened."