Trevin Giles’ move up to welterweight from middleweight stems from an interaction he had with current 170-pound champion Karamu Usman.
“I met him once and he was my height at 185; I was 185 at the time,” Giles told UFC.com. “He was the same height as me, he had more muscle mass and all that and I looked at him and was like, ‘Man, he’s 170; he’d be a problem at 185, but he’s out there at 170 to kill him. I looked at him and I was like I had to move.
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Giles admitted he wasn’t sure about heading to weight reduction for his fight at UFC 270, but said the weight was coming down easier than expected. Being able to drop down to middleweight has given Giles some confidence as he feels he will be able to move more easily at 170 pounds. There was always a sense of curiosity about what he could accomplish at welterweight.
“I knew if I could lose fat and have more muscle and really maximize my athleticism and not give up a weight advantage – because I was small at 185 – I just wondered how it would go,” said said Giles. “I did pretty well at 185, now I don’t have such a weight disadvantage, I’m just curious how everything would turn out.”
His first test at welterweight is a fighter who will make his UFC debut after competing on Dana White’s Contender Series, Michael Morals. The 22-year-old is currently unbeaten with 12 wins.
Giles has been in the UFC for four years, so he knows better than anyone not to underestimate any opponent, especially those entering the Octagon for the first time.
“He did his job, he belongs here and he’s hungry,” Giles said. “These are some of the most dangerous fights. When I first came in my first two fights were knockouts, I walked in and booed these guys and you’re hungry walking in, you got something to prove. It will be his first UFC fight, he is on a big event, he will be in front of fans. He’s going to go out and be his best.