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Winn fight pushed back
MiddleweightUFC
July 14, 2021
Hawes will now fight Deron Winn at the UFC event on Oct. 9, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Winn was forced to withdraw from the scheduled bout on July 17 due to a ribs injury. Instead of trying to find Hawes a new opponent for that date, the UFC just decided to push the middleweight bout back to October. Hawes last fought in May when he beat Kyle Dakaus by unanimous decision.
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Won't face Deron Winn
MiddleweightUFC
July 5, 2021
Hawes' fight against Deron Winn (ribs) on July 17 has been cancelled, according to Alex Behunin of Cageside Press.
ANALYSIS
Hawes announced the fight was off on his Instagram since his opponent picked up a ribs injury, and as of now, there's no clarity regarding the next procedures. It's uncertain whether there will be enough time to find a replacement to still have a bout on that scheduled date considering it's in less than two weeks.
Facing Deron Winn in July
MiddleweightUFC
May 13, 2021
Hawes (11-2-0) is scheduled to face Deron Winn (7-2-0) in a middleweight fight at the UFC's July 17 event, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Hawes was able to find a new opponent quickly after he defeated Kyle Daukaus via unanimous decision in Las Vegas last weekend. The 32-year-old has won all three of his fights since signing with the UFC last October.
Remains undefeated in UFC
MiddleweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Hawes defeated Kyle Daukaus via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27) at UFC on ESPN 24 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Full marks to Hawes for rebounding in a fight in which he didn't appear to have much in the first few minutes. After allowing Daukaus to take the momentum early, Hawes made a concerted effort to fight in close in an attempt to drain Daukaus' gas tank and it worked. Hawes was the better man in Round 2 before dominating Round 3. Hawes kept Daukaus pinned to the mat for the near entirety of the final frame, easily earning a 10-8 mark from the judges. Hawes has now won each of his first three UFC bouts.
Daukaus on deck May 8
MiddleweightUFC
April 16, 2021
Hawes will take on Kyle Daukaus on the May 8 card, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hawes has notched two straight victories since earning his way into the promotion via the Contender Series and now holds a 10-2-0 record overall as a professional. Hawes has shown some versatility in his arsenal by winning via knockout in his first fight and controlling his opponent on the mat last time out. Both he and Daukaus look for takedowns on the regular, the Daukaus owns a 94 percent success rate in defending takedown attempts. Hawes gives up three inches in height to his opponent but still has the reach advantage by an inch.
Gets second UFC win
MiddleweightUFC
February 20, 2021
Hawes defeated Nassourdine Imavov via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28) at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hawes was able to land some hard low kicks in Round 1, land takedowns, and get the better of clinch exchanges. In Round 2, Hawes got takedowns and secured a good amount of top control time to win the round dominantly. In Round 3, Hawes was rocked a couple of times during the fight, but overcame adversity by initiating the clinch exchanges to get significant control time. He might consider himself lucky to get the victory here given how much damage he absorbed in Round 3, but his record now shows a perfect 2-0 with the UFC.