Frank Trigg is soon to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for his role in the second Matt Hughes fight at UFC 52. Trigg and Hughes rocked the MMA world with their welterweight championship clash in 2005. Trigg almost dethroned Hughes with a rear-naked choke in the first round but was to be finished by the welterweight kingpin just moments later with the same submission. Hughes wiggled free from the choke, chucked Trigg over his shoulder and slammed him all the way to the other side of the Octagon which followed with a rear-naked choke. His historic clash with Matt Hughes was the focal talking point on Sunday with Submission radio, but the 42-year-old also weighed in on the Jon Jones' recent troubles:
"Like, I'm on the fence with the Daniel Cormier side, in where people have to stop making excuses for this guy and feeling sorry for this guy. I feel sorry for his Mom and Dad. I feel sorry for his brothers, I feel sorry for his Girlfriend and for their kids. I feel sorry for the team, the team around him. You know the guys at Jackson's that have to deal with this whole fallout. Don't feel sorry for Jon Jones. He's a grown ass man. He's a man that's an adult, that pays his own bills and has his own pay cheque, can drive his own car, can make his own decisions. He's making dumb decisions. So when you make bad decisions you have to pay for them. Sometimes the payment is smaller and easier, and this payment that he's about to make is going to be huge. It's going to be crazy for him to try to even think about trying to get out of this," Trigg said.
Last month, It was reported that Jon Jones was involved in a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The troubled star allegedly skipped a red light and crashed into the vehicle of a 25-year-old pregnant lady in a rental SUV. The woman suffered from a broken arm and Jon Jones will face felony charges for fleeing the accident. Jon's actions prompted the UFC to strip him of the light-heavyweight title and suspend him indefinitely. Dana White recently announced that 'Bones' will be granted with an immediate title shot when he returns to the UFC - here's what Frank Trigg thinks of the situation:
"He's in a difficult place right now. And you know for the UFC - and I think Dana White came out and said "hey, he's going to have an immediate title shot when he comes back after everything gets settled". It's kind of early to say that. You know, we love Dana and the fact that he says everything that comes to his mind, he holds true to his word and he wears his heart on his sleeve, but the reality of it is that it's too early to say that because, you know he could be doing six months. You know six months in jail in New Mexico. And then to come out and start training again and try to get ready, I don't know if that's going to happen. I don't know if he could pull that off," Trigg concluded.
In Jones' absence, Daniel Cormier emerged as the new 205 lbs. champion on Saturday night at UFC 187 when he submitted Anthony Johnson with a rear-naked choke in the third round. Cormier was vocal in campaigning for a rematch with Jones in the post-fight interview, but it's expected that the former champ will be sidelined from competition for a while.