LFA 3— Giles Climbs to 9-0

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Ryan Spann vs. Trevin Giles

Ryan “Superman” Spann took unbeaten Trevin Giles to his limit on Friday night. Unfortunately for him, he has joined a growing list of people who have yet to stop Giles’ locomotive-like rise to the top of the LFA. Giles is currently #2 in AXS TV Fights commentator Pat Miletich’s middleweight prospect rankings just behind champion Rafael Lovato Jr.

The soft-spoken Elite MMA product in Giles puts the pressure on Spann early with an outside leg kick and wide-reaching hook attempts. They tie up though and Giles suffers a cartwheel-like takedown. Spann moves from full mount to the back position within the first 90 seconds. He has Giles locked in the standard body triangle and the action stays in that position with Spann hunting for the choke until roughly the last 90 seconds of the round.

Spann finishes the stanza on bottom taking rights and then elbows while on his stomach, but looked largely dominant before the horn.

Giles hits the ground early from a leg kick but rebounds with an Anderson Silva-esque front kick as part of a standing combination. Spann offers up a left and Giles responds with a high kick under an arm. He lands and uppercut-left hook but is dealing with a buckling knee with around two minutes left in the middle frame.

When Giles misses with a right while coming in for a flurry, a left hits the mark before a right uppercut this time. Giles reaches a little too far when connecting with a left hand and Spann gets a takedown. He works for an arm triangle before another shot at a rear-naked. They stand Giles looks to be in trouble as he tries to fend off a standing guillotine choke.

The fans inside the Golden Nugget Casino venue are on their feet in the last half minute, but Giles frees himself and wraps his legs under the arms of Spann heading into the round break.

The AXS TV commentators have this bout scored at one round each now. Much of the last opening minute passes as it now becomes clear that each effort is getting to be more and more cumbersome. Spann shoots for another takedown with a minute and a half gone and now it’s Giles looking for the guillotine. “The Man of Steel” clinches but Giles has overhooks and is finding success with knees and downward rights.

The pair move across the cage with Spann still wrapped around Giles and seeing a chance for a double-leg. He gets the takedown with just over a minute left but gives up top control to Giles, the fighter who had been landing varied shots to the ribs while they clinched. Spann is held down on his knees/stomach before the guillotine rears its ugly head once more.

Giles fails to get the finish, but the clock (and later the judges) favored the contender known as “The Problem.” Like the other two main event winners before him, Giles asked post-fight for a chance at the UFC. Lovato’s 185-pound title is also now in his sights.

Trevin Giles def. Ryan Spann via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

The Rest of the Card

  • Brendan Allen def. Jon Kirk via TKO at 2:46 of Round 1

  • Thanh Le def. Alex Black via TKO at 1:43 of Round 1

  • Trent Meaux def. Caio Machado via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Josh Davila def. Ray Blodget via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Carlos Vera def. Joel Scott via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

  • Brian Wells def. Carnan Jenkins via Disqualification (Illegal Knee) at 4:42 of Round 2

  • Yan Digilov def. Chris Bell via Unanimous Decision (Score Unknown)

  • A.J. Fletcher def. Jacob Small by TKO in Round 1

  • Justin Crutcher def. Francisco Ortiz via Split Decision (Score Unknown)

  • Raine Andres def. James Hatcher via TKO in Round 3

Total Finish Rate: 4 finishes/11 fights (36 percent)