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.”

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