The Scrap recently spoke with Trevin “The Problem” Giles about juggling a pro fighting career with a full-time job.
The middleweight fighter (11-2-0) began his professional MMA career in 2014. He had a perfect win record in promotions including Legacy FC, Fury FC, RFA, and LFA.
Making his UFC debut in 2017 at UFC 213, Giles beat James Bochnovic via Ground & Pound at 2:54 in round 2.
While chasing his UFC dream, the 27-year-old fighter sacrificed his time outside of the ring to become a Houston Police Officer. Giles said that for his first UFC contract he didn’t get paid enough to be a full-time fighter and support his family.
“I’m blessed enough to have a rewarding career as an HPD officer, so with or without the UFC I can provide for my family and that’s what matters to me”.
Giles said that he struggles because spending time working as an officer takes away from his development as a fighter. “Before I became a police officer, I was undefeated with two impressive finishes in the UFC. I took a year and a half off to become an officer and when I got back to fighting, I lost two in a row”.
The Elite MMA prospect said he is just now getting into the groove of effectively juggling two careers and setting himself up to be successful at both, but “it has been a difficult and stressful task”.
“Hopefully in the near future,” Giles said, “I can get a contract that pays me enough to be a full-time fighter so I can show everyone how much I have to offer to the sport”.
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The Scrap’s Caroline Romero is a journalism graduate and has 3 children involved in combat sport. Make sure to follow her son Simon Romero on his Behind The Grind podcast on YouTube.