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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.
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