Here’s something guys with the name ‘Frank’ have in common: they won’t fight you unless you’re famous. In a statement during MMAWeekly’s Sound Off Radio, Frank Trigg slammed up and comer Jake Shields for challenging him:
Why would I fight Jake Shields? What does this do for me? What does it bring? Well it doesn’t bring anything. Who knows who Jake is besides the diehard mainstream MMA fans, who knows who Jake is? I guess he is 7th ranked at 170 lbs, I am 10th ranked at 185 lbs. So it’s two different weight classes. I have a weekly show on Fox Sports Net and two weeks ago I was on three different shows on Fox. So what does Jake bring to the table when he fights me? Nothing. He doesn’t bring fans from outside the realm of MMA, he doesn’t bring any notoriety, he doesn’t bring anything other then his mouth. All he is really bring to the table is his big mouth. There is nothing else he brings to the fight.
I’m a bit confused about the whole ‘He doesn’t bring fans from outside the realm of MMA’ thing. I know he doesn’t pull the gay crowd like Frank, but that’s no reason not to fight him. Typically MMA fighters have MMA fans, that’s kinda how it works. I will admit that Frank is famous and Jake isn’t … but Frank is famous for being the worst commentator in MMA history, and for his inability to defend a rear naked choke.
Now, I’m not the kind of guy who thinks a fighter should fight anyone who calls them out. In fact, I was pretty damned critical of the whole Mike Swick / Jonathan Goulet situation. But in this case, there’s more than the trash talking. Jake Shields vs Frank Trigg is a good match-up, and it wouldn’t be difficult to put on in an organization like EliteXC or as a headliner for any of the countless middle-rung organizations out there. So why is Frank Trigg so adamant that it’s not going to happen? Since when did MMA become a popularity contest where t-shirt sales matter more than your skill in the ring?