Frank Trigg shares story about speaking English with Fedor Emelianenko over drinks

In the ultra-competitive and—at times—wacky world of mixed martial arts, MMA veteran Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg has seen and essentially done it all. From competing against Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight championship to calling some of the best fights of all time in PRIDE FC as a commentator, Trigg certainly has an impressive resume in the sport.

On the latest episode of Rebellion MMA Radio, Trigg was asked to share some of his most memorable stories in MMA and the answer was nothing short of epic.

Up until his last three fights, Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko was viewed as the most dominant man in the entire sport. “The Last Emperor” dominated the heavyweight division for a decade without speaking a lick of English (and often without speaking at all) though apparently he could have said a lot more…

“A lot of my stories are usually weird stuff from after parties that you really can’t talk about but going to Japan a lot you really learn about a lot of different people. You see Jake Shields over there all the time, you see Gilbert Melendez over there all the time and it’s just a weird situation when you’re in this foreign land with all of these Americans but the most interesting thing was drinking vodka with Fedor,” Trigg said.

“[Fedor and I] are sitting there in the hotel bar and we’re talking and we’re having a great time and all of a sudden I realize that this fool speaks English. I was like ‘Come on man, you’re really going to pull this?’ It’s not good English or clear English but you can definitely understand it enough to talk to him. He was just like ‘Nah, I don’t like doing it because I don’t feel comfortable on the microphone’ and we were just talking for five minutes in a straight English conversation without a translator.”

“Then he goes ‘You know its funny’ and I go ‘What’s that?’ and he says ‘The more you drink vodka, the better you think your Russian is.’ That was when I first started realizing how the world works.”

To listen to the entire interview, click the link below:

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12 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    That is funny.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    That doesn’t surprise me. I can speak French but there would have to be a gun to my head before I ever did it in any public setting.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Fuck Trigg and his stories.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    C’mon man, you know better. He hasn’t been convicted of anything. Let the legal process run its course.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Gave you a thumbs up Bren… I did get ahead of myself, jesus you were quick to edit that. :)

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Ya he was..but I saw it..

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  • MCM says:

    I was waiting to see who would be the first to make a Trigg/Rogers technique swapping joke. Guess no one.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Sorry, I’m off my game this week. ;)

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    If that co-worker Rece previously referred to plays her cards right, she can be lucky wife #4 for Trigg.

    Here’s another Trigg story that sprang to mind… as told by Buffer; starts at the 4:35 mark.

    Gotta love Buffer (and especially the Buffer 360) but what a cheeseball.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Thanks stabone for the link… That was fn funny and makes me feel better about Trigg…. Buffer is the man!

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Great link. “Call me Matt Hughes, bitch!”

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Of course I edited it quick. Keep in mind I’m as much of a MMA fan as I am a writer/editor. Love seeing what you guys think on each topic. :)

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