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UFC 247 results: Trevin Giles earns split decision over late replacement James Krause

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Trevin Giles had to face a new opponent on 24 hours’ notice, but he still managed to find his way to victory after eking out a split decision over James Krause.

Krause took the fight after Antonio Arroyo was pulled at the last minute and he accepted the opportunity after showing up to UFC 247 as a coach. Unfortunately, he came up just short in his attempt to get the win after two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Giles with only one official giving him the 29-28 score.

Without the benefit of any sort of training to get ready for the fight, Krause still managed to nearly wrap up a rear naked choke in the opening round. He fought for the submission for several minutes but Giles persevered before finally making his escape.

Once he got back on his feet, Giles displayed real middleweight power as he began launching bombs at Krause as he sought to overwhelm him with strikes. As Krause’s gas tank started to wane, Giles took advantage by head hunting with massive power behind every punch.

After stuffing a takedown attempt in the second round, Giles nearly earned a finish on the ground but Krause found a way to make it to the final horn. From that point, it appeared Krause was in survival mode with Giles constantly searching for the knockout.

Still, Krause refused to back down and he continued to press forward with whatever energy he had left and with each passing minute, Giles’ own conditioning started to run thin as well. When the battle came to an end, Giles embraced Krause and later thanked him for stepping up to save the fight after his original opponent was unable to compete

“This man right here is tough,” Giles said while paying homage to Krause.”There are middleweights that can’t take that shot. He came up and took them.”

While he didn’t walk away with the victory, Krause definitely gained a few new fans after he moved up a weight class on a day’s notice and still managed to fight his way to a split decision.

“I live this life everyday,” Krause said with the crowd still cheering him on. “This is what I do.”