Kyle Daukaus

USA

Out
Injury Not Injury Related
Est. Return 5/1/2021
Scratched from UFC Vegas 23
MiddleweightUFC
Out
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.
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Targeted for April bout
MiddleweightUFC
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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
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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.
Second UFC fight booked
MiddleweightUFC
Out
August 18, 2020
Daukaus will take on Dustin Stoltzfus in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for November 7, according to the ESPN+ telecast of Dana White's Contender Series on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Daukaus lost his unblemished record in his official UFC debut last June, dropping a unanimous decision against Brendan Allen. Daukaus did manage to record three takedowns and four passes in the bout, but lost the significant striking battle 34-to-41 (despite a 92-79 edge in total strikes). He'll now take on a Contender Series product in Stoltzfus, who won his contract in Week 2 of 2020 with a win over Joe Pyfer due to injury stoppage. Daukaus will enter this matchup with slight height and reach advantages.
Battles before dropping debut
MiddleweightUFC
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June 27, 2020
Daukaus lost to Brendan Allen via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-29, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Daukaus may not have come away with the victory he was hoping for in his UFC debut, but he proved plenty tough and earned many new fans in the process. Daukaus did more than his fair share of damage in what was a back-and-forth affair. He landed the only three takedowns of the fight in addition to finishing with a 92-79 edge in total strikes landed. Unfortunately for the newcomer, it was Allen who landed the more significant strikes. Daukaus' power is limited (he doesn't have a knockout in his pro career), but he has good size (6-foot-3) for the division and is talented on the mat. We'll see the 27-year-old again in the future.
Making UFC debut June 27
MiddleweightUFC
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June 16, 2020
Daukaus will make his UFC debut on June 27 against Brendan Allen, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Daukaus gets this chance on short notice after Ian Heinisch was forced to withdraw due to injury. Daukaus has gone a perfect 9-0-0 in his professional fighting career. Allen will be tough completion for the newcomer, as he has defeated six straight opponents and enters as the (-270) betting favorite.