On Saturday night, Feb. 8, 2020, the UFC returns to action for their second pay-per-view event of the year, which includes two world championship bouts.
UFC 247 takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defends her women’s flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian.
Headlining the ESPN preliminary card is a middleweight matchup between Trevin Giles and James Krause. Giles, a police officer in Houston, remains on the card after his originally scheduled opponent Antonio Arroyo was forced to withdraw from the bout Friday afternoon due to issues with his weight cut. “The Problem” needs to get back in the win column after dropping back-to-back fights to Zak Cummings and Gerald Meerschaert, both via submission.
Krause steps in on a little over a day’s notice, replacing Arroyo and receiving universal praise in the process. Krause, who competes in the welterweight division, has won his last six fights and looks to do something truly spectacular on Saturday night on as short of notice as you’ll find in UFC history — especially with not being scheduled to compete on the card in any way.
Here is how the middleweight bout between Trevin Giles and James Krause went down at UFC 247, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
Win or lose, Krause is a savage for jumping on this card against a Houston native on a day’s notice. We get rolling in the final preliminary fight and Krause lands a leg kick. Giles with a hard right hand and Krause answers with a leg kick. Another hard right hand and a snapping jab from Giles. Another hard left hand from Giles and Krause scores a takedown. Krause takes the back of Giles with both hooks in. Krause looking to lock in the choke and Giles is fighting it off. Krause gets it to the ground and tries to lock in the rear naked choke again. Giles doing everything he can to defend as Krause is trying to sneak the arm under the chin. Krause nearly locked it up before Giles defends. Krause has it locked in and Giles is trying to turn it over and powers his way on top. Krause rolls him back over with his superb body lock. Giles turns back on top and is ale to get position. Big left hand by Giles and Krause shoots for a single leg. Giles with a huge elbow and Krause is still in this thing with 10 seconds to go. They tie against the fence as the round ends. Wild start to this one.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Krause
Giles throws a head kick early. Body kick from Krause and a hard right hand from Giles. Big high kick from Giles against a clearly fatigued Krause. Left jab lands hard from Giles who is staying patient here. Body kick from Krause but Giles is just missing on a fight ending shot. Big combination from Giles and Krause is in trouble. Krause is staying in there and ties Giles up against the fence. Right hand and a left from Giles has Krause in trouble again. Once more, Krause stays in this thing. Another hard combination from Giles and Krause continues to walk forward. Krause shoots for a takedown and gets it, Giles gets right back to his feet. Giles surprisingly falls into Krause’s guard. Short elbow from Giles and another with just over a minute to go. Giles still on top in Krause’s guard and Giles is landing big shots. Krause looks to lock up an arm bar but Giles defends. Giles is all over Krause on the ground and tries to lock in a choke. It’s tight, but the horn sounds. Wow!
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Giles
This fight heads to the third round and Giles eats a right hand. Giles with a hard jab and Krause continues to move forward with a leg kick. Big right hand from Krause and another hard leg kick. Giles is walking a big gingerly and eats a right hand from Krause. Krause begins to talk to Giles as he lands a nice combination. Giles with a huge left hand and a hard right counter. Big right hand answer from Krause. Powerful right hand from Giles and just misses with a big left hand. Krause lands an elbow as they tie up against the fence. Giles just misses with a right hand as we approach the final 90 seconds. Krause with a left hand to the body and shoots for a double. Giles defends and they separate for the final minute of action. Giles just misses an uppercut. Krause ducks under and looks for a takedown. Giles defends and they separate. Right hand from Giles, and another right as Krause shot in. Giles has Krause against the fence with 15 seconds to go. He changes levels looking to take Krause down. They trade knees and the fight ends.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Giles
Official result: Trevin Giles def. James Krause via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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