FRESNO, Calif. – Trevin Giles stayed perfect in his pro career on Saturday night – mostly.
His record is unblemished, but with 11 wins he has 10 stoppages – and it sounds like the one time he had to go the distance still eats at him a little bit.
“I’m progressing well – 11-0 now,” Giles told MMAjunkie after his UFC Fight Night 123 win Saturday night. “I’m finishing people. That’s what I do. I’ve only had one decision in my professional career, and I plan on having no decisions in the UFC. Hopefully I can keep this rolling.”
Giles (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) opened up the card with a third-round TKO win over Antonio Braga Neto (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims, including Giles’ win, on UFC Fight Pass.
Giles’ boxing was on point all night, and it paid off in the third round when he drilled Neto with a pair of right hands that put him on the canvas and forced referee Frank Trigg to step in to shut things down.
Giles did have to work through some adversity in the first round, though, when Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout Neto took him down. But Neto couldn’t get the fight back into his wheelhouse in the second or third rounds, and his return after three and a half years away was a disappointing one.
“I popped him with (the jab) a couple times and he wasn’t really adjusting,” Giles said. “I missed a couple of them, but as he got tired his arms stayed a little more wide and that lane was open all day. I knew I’d be able to land that jab over and over and over. If it’s working, I’m not going to change it till it stops working. Eventually I got to throw that right in there (to end it).”
Giles said he’d love to get on the UFC’s card in Austin in the new year since he hails from only three hours away in Houston. He likely couldn’t think of a much better spot to try to keep his perfect record intact, and keep after his goal of nothing but stoppage wins in the UFC.
To hear more from Giles, check out the video above.
Giles (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) had to weather a first-round ground game storm from Neto (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), who was fighting for the first time in three and a half years. But thanks to his boxing on point all fight, Giles picked up a TKO with a pair of huge rights midway through the third. The stoppage from UFC veteran-turned-ref Frank Trigg came at the 2:27 mark of the round.
The middleweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 123 event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.
Giles started after Neto quicly, no doubt wanting to put the pressure on him given his long layoff. Giles popped off a perfect left jab several times and bloodied Neto up early. Neto threw a leg kick that landed. A minute in, Giles slipped, but Neto couldn’t take a dvantage. Two minutes in, Giles came forward and looked to connect – but Neto dodged it, clinched Giles up and dragged him to the canvas along the fence. Neto went to work in half-guard and tried to land ground-and-pound. Braga looked for submission opportunities, and with a minute left Giles had to give up full mount. He survived to see the second round, but it was a big return for Neto.
Neto opened the second with a leg kick, then tried a straight kick up the middle. Giles returned to his jab, then bombed away with solid left hooks. Neto landed a solid counter left a minute in, but Giles clearly had the advantage in the standup game, and a right cross was on the money followed by a leg kick. Midway through, Neto landed a right, then a punch to the body and got Giles to back up. They rocked each other after that, but Giles stayed patient. With two minutes left, Giles landed a two-punch combo, but Neto tried to return fire. In the final minute, Giles continued to drill Neto with his powerful jab, and Neto continued to pay the price for not taking the fight to the canvas.
Giles came out swinging in the third and rarely missed with his jab. Thirty seconds in, Neto tracked him down and worked for a takedown. He got it and put Giles’ back on the canvas. But in the process of trying to take Giles’ back, Neto slipped off and had to go back to his feet. Ninety seconds in, Giles landed a big right hand, then dropped his hands and showboated a little, knowing almost none of his punches were missing. Giles started lighting Neto up, and near the halfway mark, he landed two vicious right hands that put Neto on the canvas for the knockout.
Giles stayed unbeaten and won for the second time under the UFC banner. Neto lost for the second straight time – though his most recent fight was three and a half years ago.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 123 results include:
Trevin Giles def. Antonio Braga Neto via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:27
Disclaimer: The following section is designed for entertainment purposes only. The unit sizes serve as a rough representation of the percentage of bankroll risked, as well as my confidence in said plays. If you intend on gambling, I suggest that you do so responsibly and legally, as it is at your own risk. All lines are drawn from 5Dimes.eu on the day this article was published (Dec. 8, 2017).
Playable parlay pieces (my most confident favorites):
Eryk Anders -310
Trevin Giles -270
Summary: My recommended parlay pieces are typically my most confident picks that could serve as potential legs for whatever play you’re trying to put together.
First up is Eryk Anders (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who is facing Markus Perez (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Essentially, we have a battle between a process-driven fighter and a flamboyant opportunist.
For reasons that I elaborate on in my in-depth breakdown, I believe that Anders should be the better fighter with a clear path to victory here.
Next, I elected to with Iuri Alcantara(35-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC), who comes in at a reasonable -210 should you still have faith in the veteran. Alcantara is facing Alejandro Perez (18-6-1 MMA, 4-1-1 UFC), a scrappy Mexican fighter who is coming off of two close and controversial fights.
Although Perez’s style of engagement can be frustrating for his opposition (and sometimes even his coaches), Alcantara is an experienced fighter who has shown he can work through much worse weather than what Perez will likely offer. Furthermore, Alcantara’s patented counter left-hand should serve him well considering the success we saw Andre Soukhamthath have against Perez in their last outing.
Lastly, I feel that Trevin Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) could be worth a gander for your potential plays. Giles – an undefeated fighter with promise – reminds me of a young Rashad Evans given his skill-set. Giles appears to have some savvy in his striking, whether it be by the way that he moves his feet or throws his hands.
Carrying a natural feel for takedowns, Giles seems more than capable of taking a fight to the floor when he chooses to. And it is in grappling exchanges where Giles’ intelligence and potential shine through. From his positional choices, rides and overall awareness, there a lot there to tell me that he won’t be a fish out of the water if he finds himself swimming with Antonio Braga Neto (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), a fighter who is coming off of a three-year layoff from competition).
Aljamain Sterling +115 (0.5 unit)
Merab Dvalishvili -160 (1 unit)
Summary: For straight plays, I typically look for fighters who I not only feel confident about (whether it be by their sample size or the matchup at hand), but also have a low asking price. And though it is admittedly hard to feel too confident on either side of Aljamain Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Marlon Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), there could be value in playing the underdog in this spot.
As stated in my main-card breakdown, Moraes is making a quick four-week turnaround into what could be one of the tougher stylistic matchups for him in the division. And with Sterling being one of my few official underdog picks, I am willing to put my money (at least a small portion of it) where my mouth is to find out.
I also elected to take a shot on Merab Dvalishvili (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has an asking price of -160 as of this writing. Although Dvalishvili is a debuting fighter (which can always be a potential flag for plays), there is a lot to like about the Georgian’s game.
Hailing from a region that is rich in Sambo, Dvalishvili carries some skills that will likely serve him well against Frankie Saenz (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC). Saenz, a former collegiate wrestler who found success in MMA, tends to do some of his best work (as well as takes needed/brief breaks) from the clinch. The problem, however, is that this is also where Dvalishvili – an accoladed sambo player and judo black belt – makes his money.
Coupled with the fact that Saenz is coming off a long layoff, and I could see a successful debut for the Georgian fighter who is over a decade younger than his counterpart.
Props worth looking at:
Iuri Alcantara/Alejandro Perez over 2.5: -120 (1 unit)
Eryk Anders “inside the distance”: -125 (1.5 units)
Summary: My first prop is a total, as I elected to go with the over 2.5 in the Alcantara-Perez matchup. With the pecking prodding nature of Perez’s game, he tends to find himself in close contests.
For that reason, it can be tricky in betting for or against Perez, as a play on the over could serve as a hedge for taking a side on the fight (e.g. Alcantara as my parlay piece).
My second prop is also chalk, as I have Anders inside the distance. Insanely heavy-hands aside, I believe that Anders – as stated in my breakdown – has a tangible path to put his opponent away both on the ground and in transition.
Fights to avoid (live dogs, high intangibles, etc.):
December’s UFC Fight Night 123 event has a slew of new additions, officials today announced.
Chief among them? A rematch between former UFC women’s bantamweight title challengers Alexis Davis (18-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Liz Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who both head down to flyweight for the fight.
UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.
Davis, who’s No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, defeated No. 14-ranked Carmouche via unanimous decision in their first meeting, which took place in 2013 at “UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3.”
Also confirmed the card are undefeated middleweight Trevin Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who knocked out James Bochnovic in his July UFC debut, vs. Antonio Braga Neto (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who hasn’t fought since 2014, as well flyweights Carls John de Tomas (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Alex Perez (18-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
The latest UFC Fight Night 123 lineup now includes:
LAS VEGAS – Trevin Giles’ promotional debut at UFC 213 was all about new experiences.
For starters, Giles was fighting up a weight class at light heavyweight when he took on James Bochnovic. And then there was the way Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) put Bochnovic (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) away with a massive knockout in the second round.
Although he had three prior knockouts on his record, they were all TKOs and he said he never had seen an opponent go completely out before. Things were bad enough for Bochnovic, a training partner of UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell, that he left T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on a stretcher after he and Giles opened the card on UFC Fight Pass before the rest of the prelims on FS1 and the main card on pay-per-view.
“It felt horrible – I didn’t like to see him like that,” Giles said backstage after the fight. “He’s a very nice guy. I hope he’s fine. He didn’t look too good. I feel worried for him, so I hope he’s doing good. Actually seeing him go out like that was a new experience for me.”
Giles, from Texas, said he’ll be going back to his natural middleweight home when he has his sophomore effort in the UFC at some point down the road. At 185 pounds, the 24-year-old was 9-0 when he got the call to fight Bochnovic on short notice at UFC 213.
But at middleweight, the finisher believes he’ll be able to get some things done in his new promotional home.
“When I drop back down, I think my cardio’s going to be even better,” Giles said. “I think I’m going to have more energy, I’m going to be faster. I was a bit heavy in there – we got to fight at 205 (pounds). I felt great because I didn’t have to weight cut, but I’ll be dropping down, and I think I’m going to be matching up great with a bunch of those guys – all of them.”
A 10-0 start to his MMA career, and a huge first fight in the UFC with a knockout win isn’t too shabby of a beginning for a guy who was only training MMA to get in shape for football tryouts.
To hear that story, check out the video with Giles above.
In a battle of fighters making their UFC debuts, Giles simply dominated Bochnovic in all facets, en route to a second-round knockout victory to remain undefeated.
The light heavyweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and a main card on pay-per-view.
It was the first time Bochnovic had fought beyond the first round in his 10-fight career.
In Round 1, both men came out patiently and felt each other out. Bochnovic (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) decided after about a minute to come heavy with kicks before the men clinched against the cage. Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won that moment as he took down Bochnovic and gained top position. Bochnovic tried for wrist control, though Giles was able to get his arm out and end up in side control.
Even so, Bochnovic remained committed to a straight armbar that failed. Bochnovic was content with giving up his back and paid for it with some hard shots by Giles, who held control with one arm and rained punches with another. Giles suplexed Bochnovic as he tried to scramble up then continued with ground-and-pound. It was a strong final 2 minutes to close out the first round for Giles.
Giles came out in the second round with confidence, finding his rhythm standing. Giles hit Bochnovic with a jab and then a strong body shot that hurt him. The result was Giles taking the fight to the mat. He initially fell into side control before taking Bochnovic’s back.
Initially, Giles was successful with ground-and-pound until Bochnovic tried standing up, only to be taken down immediately. Giles again took his back and found himself in the most dominant position, mounting his back and punishing Bochnovic with punches before the referee stepped in to stop the fight at the 2:54 mark.
A pair of fights have been added to next week’s UFC 213 lineup at the 11th hour, giving four prospects a chance to make their promotional debuts.
Cody Stamann (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on Terrion Ware (17-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout, and James Bochnovic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Trevin Giles (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight. UFC officials announced the matchups today, both of which will stream on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.
UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Along with the two new bouts, the UFC made official a heavyweight bout for the main card. The fight between Curtis Blayes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) shifts from the FS1 prelims to the main card in the wake of the removal of the welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler due to a Cerrone injury. And moving up from UFC Fight Pass to FS1 is the middleweight bout between Gerald Meerschaert (26-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (14-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
Michigan native Stamann heads to the UFC on the strength of a six-fight winning streak. In March, he knocked out Bill Kamery in the main event of a KnockOut Promotions event in his home state. Ware, an RFA veteran, has won four straight fights. In April, he knocked out UFC and WSOF veteran Jared Papazian at a CXF event. The win gave him a measure of revenge after a decision loss to Papazian in 2013.
Bochnovic, who trains with UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell, has won eight straight fights after being submitted in his pro debut nearly three years ago. Since then, all eight of his wins are by stoppage, and the most recent seven have been by submission. Just a month ago, he tapped Bellator, Titan FC and RFA vet Wayman Carter with an armbar just 85 seconds into their fight.
Giles, from Texas, brings his unbeaten record into the fight with Bochnovic. Eight of his nine wins are by stoppage, including five submissions. In February, he went to the judges for the first time in his pro career and took a split decision from Ryan Spann in the LFA 3 main event.
The UFC 213 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title