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Historic Video of the Day: A Young Frank Trigg Wrestles a Judoka and You’ll Never Guess What Happens Next

Here’s a interesting little piece of video that we haven’t seen circulating in a while: a wrestler and a judoka mix it up at a style vs style martial arts event from 1995. Taking place at something called “ACE World Series of Martial Arts” promoted by Dale Cook, it was something of a precursor to the rise of MMA.

At the time of the video, Trigg was a collegiate wrestler at the University of Oklahoma, still four years away from his MMA debut. It’s also worth noting that Trigg started training in judo in 1995 under Patrick Burris, a two-time Judo Olympian, although whether Twinkle Toes had already started training, or this fight inspired him to start, is unclear.

Either way, it’s an interesting little tidbit of history that isn’t usually included in Frank’s bio (but for some reason, his appearance on the VH1 show “Keptis mentioned, which is just bizarre), so you may have missed it.

Now you know.


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axhed- August 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm
you don't see many lock holds in competition these days.
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j-k-martin- August 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm
Judo choke!
Todd M- August 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm
Ha ha, really his name is Dewey Franklin Trigg III
Venomous- August 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm
In the words of Robert Downey Jr. "He went Full Retard."
RSparrow- August 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm
Damnit, I thought he was gonna shit himself.
Get Off Me- August 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm
I can't feel my pinky and ring fingers in my right hand doc.
entropee- August 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Wow I didn't know Frank Trigg had a normal size head at one point. Also looks like he was going for the ol' eye gouge at the end there. Stay classy Frank
RwilsonR- August 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Nice find Rex. I'd not seen that before, and maybe that's why Trigg went and got his judo BB.
Apparently chokes were Frank's kryptonite right from the start. Well, that, and striking with a tiny little italian guy from Long Island.
Get Off Me- August 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Eat your heart out Kim Couture!
Trouser Snake- August 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm
After learning to defend front chokes, Frank had forgotten that chokes could be preformed from behind. And the rest is history.

Also, FYI, Frank was once RNC'd by a turtle neck.
Fried Taco- August 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm
It was also something of a precursor to the rise of planking. And an awesome plank it was!
Nealio- August 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm
OMG premature stoppage if I've ever seen one