UFC veteran turned referee Frank Trigg has been praised by a Bellator flyweight for a good stoppage in his fight this past weekend at Bellator Hawaii.
Nate Yoshimura, who was making his professional debut on the night, was knocked out in the second round by Chas Dunhour at Bellator 236. After being dropped by a elbow, Trigg jumped in and stopped the action before Yoshimura could take any further follow up shots on the ground.
The well-timed stoppage prompted Yoshimura to send Trigg a message on Instagram, thanking him for saving his “brain” a lot more damage.
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WOW!!! This is the biggest reward I could have ever received... When a fighter reaches out after a fight. He doesn’t remember the KO, but realizes you saved his brain & future. This is why I love what I do. It fuels me to always push to be better, to learn more, and continue to protect the future of this sport. These kind of things make the whole process worth it. Thanks @johnmccarthymma for getting me stated on this path and @referee_mike_beltran @michaelbellmma and @jasonherzogmma for making me better every time. @bellatormma #mma #hawaii #honolulu #merryxmas #ko #bjj #referee #teamtrigg
“Hey Frank, you reffed my fight this past weekend and I wanted to thank you for being a great ref and stopping the fight the way you did. I didn’t even realize how crazy the KO was till I watched it back,” Yoshimura wrote. “You definitely saved my brain a lot of damage and I always appreciate that. Best wishes and happy holidays to you and your family. Hope to see you in the future. God bless.”
Trigg (21-9) spent over a decade fighting professionally and had two stints in the UFC. Known mostly for his two fights with Matt Hughes, who was the welterweight champion at the time, Trigg also fought household names such as Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit. He made his debut as a UFC referee two years ago, and has continued to officiate since.