Nickname Twinkle Toes
Weight 185 lbs
Born May 7, 1972 (1972-05-07) (age 35)
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Town of birth Rochester, New York
Team/Association RAW Team
Fighting style Wrestling
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 8
By submission 5
No contests 0
Dewey Franklin Trigg III (Born May 7, 1972), usually known as Frank Trigg and nicknamed "Twinkle Toes", is an American mixed martial arts fighter, color commentator for PRIDE Fighting Championships, co-host of MMAWeekly.com's radio show, and a co-host of the new TAGG radio show, which airs live online and made its debut on April 11, 2007. As a fighter Trigg is a veteran of such promotions as Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport and World Fighting Alliance.
The son of an African-American, Euro-American, Native American father and Euro-American, Native-American mother, he grew up in a household where he had seven brothers, where he developed a natural competitive nature. He attended Kendall High school in Kendall, NY. From there, he attended the University of Oklahoma, and graduated in 1997 with a major in Public Affairs and Administration. While at Oklahoma, Trigg became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (Xi Delta Chapter). He stayed on as a coach at Oklahoma from 1997 until 2000. Trigg was a 2000 Olympic trials wrestling finalist. He also is a second degree black belt in judo.
In 2005, Trigg appeared as a contestant on the VH1 reality television program Kept trying to win the affections of former supermodel Jerry Hall (Mick Jagger's ex) and to become Jerry's kept man. Trigg was eliminated in 10th place out of 12 contestants.
Trigg was also a successful American commentator for Pride, gaining much respect from fans for his knowledge of MMA. A rumor across some Internet discussion forums claim that Dana White fired Trigg along with the American Broadcasting team at a press conference. However no sources have yet been found to prove this true.
Trigg got his start in 1997, fighting in a handful of upstart promotions, and in 1999 got his big break and fought in PRIDE at PRIDE 8, defeating Fabiano Iha via TKO due to strikes. He challenged Shooto champion Hayato Sakurai for his title in December of 2000. While Trigg initially controlled the bout, Sakurai would stage a comeback and score a KO via knees in the second round, handing Trigg his first MMA loss.
Trigg fought in the World Fighting Alliance from 2001-2002, where he held the WFA Welterweight Title.
Trigg then went on to fight in the UFC, making a run at the Welterweight championship, but came up short, losing to Matt Hughes twice in two separate title fights, both via rear naked choke. His last fight in the UFC was another loss via rear naked choke, to then top welterweight contender, one time Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
He then went on to participate in Rumble on the Rock's welterweight (175 lb) tournament in 2006, where he won his first round fight against Ronald "Machine Gun" Jhun, but was upset in the second round by Carlos Condit.
Trigg remained inactive since that loss, focusing on his broadcasting job with PRIDE until returning on December 1, 2006. Trigg returned to fight Jason "Mayhem" Miller, defending a rear naked choke attempt and going on to win with punches, stomps and soccer kicks in the second round, and so winning the Icon Sport middleweight title.
On March 31st, 2007, Frank Trigg defended his Icon Sport Middleweight Title against Robbie Lawler for the first time, losing in the fourth round via KO.
He was scheduled to fight Ivan "Batman" Jorge at the Gracie Fighting Championships second card at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on January 20th 2007. This event was postponed.
His next fight was on at PRIDE 33 on February 24, 2007 against Middleweight Grand Prix champion Kazuo Misaki. Trigg was able to out wrestle Misaki and maintain control on the ground, winning by a 30-27 unanimous decision.
Trigg is married to Nicole and has two children, Frankie and Kiara. Frank is a partner in a gym called R1 Training Center with Rico Chiapparelli, owns an urban athletic wear line called Triggonomics and runs a marketing company in addition to his duties as PRIDE's color commentator. Frank also appeared on an episode of The King Of Queens. He is always noted for his resemblance to pro-wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.