Zak Cummings knew he needed a finish in close fight

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Zak Cummings beat Trevin Giles with a third-round guillotine choke Saturday night on the prelims at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Cummings, who landed a left hand to take Giles off his feet, then finished him with the guillotine choke in the final frame.

Result: Zak Cummings def. Trevin Giles via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:01
Updated records: Cummings (23-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Giles (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Key stat: Giles lost for the first time in his professional career.

On the fight’s key moment

“Trevin was really hard to hit. I saw everything he was throwing – I just could not get close enough to do anything clean, and I didn’t want to overly expose myself. … I still had that sense of urgency in the third round – like, ‘Hey, let’s go in there and get a finish.’”

On being in a close fight

“(My coaches) knew it was really close. We’re always thinking we’re winning. I was holding the center really well. I thought I was landing the harder punches, and hard kicks. But we knew it was close. … Obviously I still had to have a sense of urgency to go in there finish the fight.”

On what he wants next

“I’m thinking now at middleweight, I can kind of be a little more active. I’d really like to – your timing stays a little more sharp. … Let’s get back in there and have some fun. … I love San Antonio (Texas). I do have quite a bit of family in Texas … if the timing works out, sign me up. I’m in.”

To hear more from Cummings, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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