Kyle Daukaus

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Matching up with Holland
MiddleweightUFC
July 5, 2021
Daukaus will face Kevin Holland in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 2, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Daukaus is coming off a loss to Phil Hawes via unanimous decision in May and is looking to secure his second UFC victory since debuting last summer. Holland should be plenty motivated after losing his past two fights to Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson, both of which were unanimous decisions.
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No-shows loss to Phil Hawes
MiddleweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Daukaus lost to Phil Hawes via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 27-29) at UFC on ESPN 24 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Daukaus looked good for about six minutes before the roof caved in. He did a nice job of using his length to give Hawes problems in the early going, but Daukaus' cardio suddenly evaporated early in Round 2, and he was unable to generate any offense the rest of the way. He spent nearly the entirety of Round 3 on his back, effectively allowing Hawes to cruise to the decision. An alum of Dana White's Contender Series, Daukaus has now alternated losses and wins in his first three UFC bouts. This was a crushing setback for a guy who needed a strong effort.
Set for May 8 clash
MiddleweightUFC
April 16, 2021
Daukaus (COVID-19 protocols) will take on Phil Hawes on the May 8 card, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Daukaus was forced to withdraw from his previously scheduled bout versus Aliaskhab Khizriev due to COVID-19 protocols but didn't have to wait long to find another fight. The Contender Series alum faces a fellow alum in Phil Hawes, who has taken home two straight victories to open his UFC career. Daukaus has split his two battles via unanimous decision but is coming off of a convincing win over Dustin Stoltzfus last November. He stands three inches taller than his scheduled opponent but sports a reach one inch shorter.
Scratched from UFC Vegas 23
MiddleweightUFC
April 7, 2021
Daukaus and Aliaskhab Khizriev have been removed from UFC Vegas 23 on April 10 due to COVID-19 protocols, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Daukaus and Khizriev won't fight this weekend, but their bout will reportedly be rescheduled. Currently sitting at an even 1-1 with the UFC promotion, Daukaus' next chance to build some momentum may not have to wait long. Khizriev, meanwhile, is still waiting to make his UFC debut.
Targeted for April bout
MiddleweightUFC
February 2, 2021
Daukaus will take on Aliaskhab Khizriev in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for April 10, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Daukaus is an even 1-1 under the UFC banner since picking up a win on Dana White's Contender Series back in June of 2019, and he'll face a fellow Contender Series product in Khizriev, who had a recent bout (Feb. 6) against Welington Turman called off. Daukaus will enter the cage six inches taller with a two-inch reach advantage, but little is known about his debuting opponent. Khizriev needed less than a minute to pick up a submission win on Contender Series, and prior to that, won four of his previous five fights via first-round stoppage under the banner of Fight Nights Global.
Picks up first UFC victory
MiddleweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Daukaus defeated Dustin Stoltzfus via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a very strong effort from Daukaus on the heels of his unanimous decision loss to the underrated Brendan Allen this past June. He did an excellent job of controlling his opponent along the fence and on the mat. Daukaus has a couple things going for him. He has an excellent frame for the division (6-foot-3) in addition to eight career wins via submission. That's the good news. The bad news is that Daukaus doesn't have a single knockout victory in his professional career and that will limit his effectiveness when he steps into the octagon against better competition. We'll see if he can overcome that moving forward.