Frank Trigg vs. John Phillips in the works for May's BAMMA 6 event
by John Morgan on Apr 23, 2011 at 1:00 am ET
It's "Twinkle Toes" vs. "The White Mike Tyson."
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the negotiations that a middleweight fight between UFC, PRIDE and Strikeforce veteran Frank Trigg (20-8) and British knockout artist John Phillips is in the works for the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts' BAMMA 6 event.
Featuring a middleweight title fight between current champ Tom Watson and challenger Murilo "Ninja" Rua, "BAMMA 6: Kong vs. Ninja" takes place May 21 at London's Wembley Arena.
Contracts for the matchup are expected to be finalized shortly. BAMMA 6, which also features notables Phil Baroni, Leonardo Santos, Aaron Wilkinson and Che Mills, streams internationally at BAMMATV.com.
Trigg seeks his second-straight win since his February 2010 release from the UFC. The 38-year-old Xtreme Couture product returned to the win column with a November 2010 first-round TKO win over Roy Neeman at the Israel Fighting Championship's debut event. The win snapped a two-fight slide that saw the former UFC title contender's second octagon stint come to an end.
Fighting professionally since 1997, Trigg has faced numerous notables in his 14-year career, including Carlos Condit, Dennis Hallman, Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, Robbie Lawler, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Kazuo Misaki, Hayato "Mach" Sakurai, Matt Serra, Georges St-Pierre and Falaniko Vitale, among others.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Phillips looks to add a signature win to his budding résumé. The British-based product and two-time BAMMA veteran carries a five-fight win streak into the matchup. Incredibly, all five fights ended via first-round TKO and consisted of just four minutes and 52 seconds of total cage time – an average of just 58 seconds per outing.