Dewey Franklin “Frank” Trigg is a retired American mixed martial artist, color commentator, pro wrestler, MMA referee and TV host. Trigg is a veteran of the UFC, Pride Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport, BAMMA, World Fighting Alliance, and has made professional wrestling appearances in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
“I had literally been b*tching about how bad the refereeing was,” Trigg said “I was complaining all over the place. I heard everyone complain about it, I had some friends of mine … (who) were having to go two, three, four punches longer than they had to end the fight, or they were getting hit by more hard, significant punches than they needed. It was disheartening. I kept complaining and I kept complaining.”
“I got a phone call from John McCarthy and he said, look, if you think refereeing is so easy, why don’t you come do it?” Trigg said.
“Refs have the absolute toughest job, because if we are 1 1/100th of a second too late, that’s an extra huge, hard punch coming in,” Trigg said. “We have to be there.”
“I do my walk through in the cage, right before the first fight,” Trigg said. “Whenever I fight on the card, whenever I ref on the card, I don’t care if its the first fight or the fifth fight, when I finally step in for my first official duty, I walk the cage. I looked up and I realized the Monster Energy logo was in the center of the canvas and it hit me right then that I’m here, in the cage, and I’m wearing all black. I’m not wearing a pair of shorts, not wearing fight gloves.
“It took me a second. I had to go, okay, let’s take a breath.”
“I asked McCarthy awhile ago, I said, ‘Hey, I want to look at the fight which was your best refereeing fight, the fight that you were perfect in, because I want to mimic that style and what you do and what you did,’” Trigg said. “And he’s like, ‘Yeah, I don’t have one.’ I said, ‘What do you mean you don’t have one?’ He said, ‘No, no, there isn’t one I was perfect, I am still constantly improving.’
“The best guy in the world is telling you, ‘Every day I’m still working on this craft, every day I’m still trying to improve myself.’ I’m like man, this learning curve is never going to end, there’s always something I’m going to have to figure out.”
“Fighting is selfish,” Trigg said. “I have to do everything I possibly can to make sure I’m beating your ass. That’s what I have to do. Whatever it takes to get to that point I’m dominating you, that’s what I have to do as a fighter. As a referee, it is selfless. I’m not in there for me. I’m not in there to let people look at how is this big deal what it is this thing. I’m in there as a ref for the UFC. It’s nothing to do with that. It’s all about making sure these guys are taken care of, and that’s been my approach.”