Las Vegas, NV — Things have started to come together for UFC middleweight Trevin Giles. Enough so that he’s hoping to fight twice in two months, starting with UFC 264.
“It feels good, just to be able to come out here again, and then on this card. It’s a really good card to be on,” Giles told media outlets including Cageside Press during Wednesday’s media day promoting the event. The card, taking place Saturday, is topped by the rubber match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. “To come out there and try to work on that finish, and I plan on fighting in Houston next month.”
Giles, born in San Antonio, trains out of Houston, Texas. So the reasoning behind wanting to fight so soon after UFC 264 is clear. It would be a quick turnaround to say the least — but Giles had a leg up when it came to preparing for his current opponent, thanks to Dricus Du Plessis falling out of a match-up originally planned for March. Giles instead fought Roman Dolidze, winning via decision.
“It seems like for the most part, when you have a fight, last minute switch-ups happen. These days, that’s just what’s happening,” said Giles. “It’s nice to be able to get one back and actually have that fight go through.”
In his last fight, Giles was two weeks out when the opponent switch happened. Now, former KSW champ Du Plessis is back in front of him at UFC 264.
That means Giles has had plenty of time to study his foe. Giving his take on the South African fighter, he opined that “I don’t think he’s fought anybody accurate like me. I don’t think he’s fought anybody with the speed I have, and I’m not sure if he can play a chess match with me or not. I think on the feet, I’ll have some really good setups for him.”
“It’ll be interesting to see how he reacts,” Giles added.
The always reserved Giles, who still works as an active duty police officer, did have one thing to add Wednesday. “I forget which card it was, but Rob Font was fighting Cody Garbrandt, and before him, I said I had the best jab in the UFC. Then [Font] said he had the best jab in the UFC, and then Paul Felder broke my heart and agreed with him. I have the best jab in the UFC, everybody. It’s mine.”
Watch the full UFC 264 media day scrum with Trevin Giles above. The event takes place this Saturday, July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.