While he didn’t initially set out to have his busiest year yet in 2016, middleweight prospect Trevin Giles picked up four wins during the year, and extended his streak to start off his career to eight victories in a row.
“It just kind of worked out that way,” Giles told MMAWeekly.com. “Everything just kind of fell into place; we didn’t plan for all that to happen.”
Giles doesn’t feel burnt out from all the activity because he believes he handles training with a mind towards preserving himself rather than exhausting his reserves each time out.
“”I think a lot of guys tend to train balls to the wall every single day, and I don’t think that’s necessarily the answer,” he said. “You have to train hard, but you also have to take care of your body. I think I do well managing my body, so I’m able to keep up the activity that I’m doing.
“I feel like I’ve been doing the right stuff. Obviously I can improve and do a lot better. I don’t feel like I’m close to my peak. I made mistakes, but anytime I get a win, I’m happy about it.”
Being undefeated and having finished each of his eight fights has Giles in a position where’s highly touted and has a lot of eyes on him. Not one to let the spotlight get to him, Giles is able to put the hype aside and focus his fights.
“Once you start thinking about winning and losing, it just opens the door for a loss,” said Giles. “I just focus on my performance more than anything, and that I put on a good show and that I’m as technical as I can be, and be the better fighter that night and get the win.”
Giles (8-0) will look to remain undefeated when he takes on Ryan Spann (9-3) in the 185-pound main event of Legacy Fighting Alliance 3 on Friday in Lake Charles, La.
“With every opponent I feel like they’re monsters,” Giles said. “(Spann is) definitely not somebody I’m overlooking. I think it’s going to be a great fight – and for him to be the best competition I’ve had so far.
“What I have to do in order to win the fight, is I have to focus on my distance and timing, and when it’s time to add some aggression, put the pressure on him.”
With possible non-fight commitments on the horizon, Giles goal for 2017 is to make his move to the next level as soon as possible.
“I’ve got to get to the UFC,” said Giles. “I’m exploring a career in law enforcement, so sooner than later because I’ll have a lot of other opportunities to do things in my life. If it happens soon, that would be great, because I’d love to keep fighting.”