Inside Look at the MMA Wives Part 2

Yesterday two MMA wives let me into their world of what it is like for them to have their husband fighting inside the Octagon. Both Lani Carwin, and Renee Edgar talked about their days leading up to the fight and how they feel about their husband's occupation.

Today, Melissa Pellegrino and Nici Trigg were kind enough to answer questions about their husbands and what toll (if any) it takes on them and their family. Here is part 2 of the inside look of the MMA wives.

Melissa Pellegrino


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What do you think of your husband's choice of
job occupation?

It is definitely different and has its pro's and con's, but Kurt and I have been together since high school and I never thought he would be doing anything
different for his career.  He wrestled forever and I followed him, then it
was BJJ and grappling tournaments and that led to fighting.  It doesn't
surprise me that his occupation is centered around competition, its in his
blood.


During the fight day how do you prepare yourself for a fight and where do
you watch the fight (in person, on TV, at home etc.)?


Fight day is always nerve racking.  I actually hang out with Kurt for the
morning part of the day.  We eat an early breakfast with his team and then
we just hang in the hotel room and watch TV.  By noon time I feel the mood
change and make my exit!  I then do my own thing until its time to go down
to the fight.  I've never missed a UFC fight, only 1 when our daughter was
born 2 weeks prior.  That i watched on TV and it was awful!!  I
hated not being there, but he won and won submission of the night, so it was
fine :)

 
When your husband does get hurt in training or during a fight, do you ever
get the feeling you don't want him fighting anymore?

Oh yes, there are plenty of times when i think "i cant wait for this whole
thing to be over!"  Kurts on his 13th UFC fight, and 5th year with
the organization so we've been seen all the good and all the bad.  Getting
hurt is definitely an issue in this game and with a husband as stubborn as
mine, it makes for a very tense house sometimes.  If he's hurt and not
training, hes not happy and that wears on him and I.  But we get thru it,
and for every bad day of training or every injury, there are 100 good times
that we've celebrated, so it seems to be worth it so far :)

 
With your husband being so busy training and doing appearances, how do you
work out family time with him?

Kurt and I definitely don't like to be apart.  If he travels for
appearances I usually try and go with him and we use it as sort of an excuse
for a mini vacation.  Training is different though, in the middle of a
8-10 week training camp, he's so busy.  He is physically not home, and
when he is home, he is mentally elsewhere, but Im so used to it, its just apart
of how we live our lives.  He gets very emotional about not being around
for our 4year old daughter as much as he thinks he should, but he gets so much
free time when hes not in a training camp that he makes up for it.  Its
definitely hard to keep everything running smoothly but you do what you have to
do to make sure everyone is happy and taken care of!

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Nici Trigg

What do you think of your husband's choice of job
occupation?

Well, I knew what I was getting into when we met. I'm Frank's 3rd
wife and I was married to my career so when we finally did catch up with each
other it was the right time and his profession just came with it.  I have
a great deal of respect for athletes, I was an athlete my whole life but
obviously at an amateur level so I can relate and understand how are cycles
need to be before, during, and after a fight.

During the fight day how do you prepare yourself for a fight and where do
you watch the fight (in person, on TV, at home etc.)?

I prefer to be there, I
have only missed 2 fights due to pregnancy and he was fighting oversees. I
didn't want to give birth in another country. I also seem very calm outside,
but I'm definitely a mess inside.  There are so many things that can
happen inside that octagon or ring.

When your husband does get hurt in training or during a fight, do you ever
get the feeling you don't want him fighting anymore?

No, I want Frank to do
what makes him happy. Getting hurt is part of this sport.  If they are not
getting hurt they are not training hard LOL.  That's why the shelf life
for a fighter isn't very long, so you need to make the best of it while you
can. Frank was like the second generation of guys to bring the sport to its
Plato of where it is today. Then game has grown and it has changed. The
generation of like Stone is going to be sick!!!! Before it was if you were a
wrestler you learn some other things to go along with it to become a fighter.
Stone at 2 year old is already learning how to punch and kick correctly,
balance, knees I scared to see the elite of that generation (of course it will
be one or both of my sons ) LOL

With your husband being so busy training and doing appearances, how do you
work out family time with him?

Well, he does travel a lot with commentating for
HDNET, appearances, and training, but I also have 3 full time jobs! I'm an
advertising executive for FOX5 Vegas, I'm a mom, PLUS I need to keep Franks
schedule and other things straight!!! So, every Christmas I ask for more hours
in a day but I can't seem to get them.  We have a great support team in
each other and we also have a wonderful nanny who is like family! Somehow we
keep it together and I look around when our lives are in utter chaos and I
thank Frank for it. I couldn't and wouldn't wish for things to be any
different...Well, maybe one thing but that's another story for another time LOL.

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  • So the laziest way to conduct a writeup is to send a bunch of questions to someone, have them respond and you throw up the Q&A. I swear I've seen a website somewhere that is already doing interviews with fighters wives and it seems to be true articles and not a Q&A. but I could be mistaken.

  • Laziest way? Come on now, I was requested by many to do it this way because many don't like the article format when a interview is turned into an article.

    I apologize if this has inconvenienced you but the majority wanted it this way and sometimes a switch is never a bad thing.

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