After a rocky run of form in the top MMA organisation in the world, UFC middleweight contender Kyle Daukaus was recently removed from the roster.
As a last-minute substitute for Ian Heinisch at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker on June 27, 2020, Daukaus faced Brendan Allen. After an exciting back-and-forth battle between the two, Allen defeated Daukaus in a violent clash.
It’s interesting to note that Kyle Daukaus had a perfect 9-0 record before to joining the UFC. Kyale Daukaus’ record has declined since joining the UFC, the top MMA organisation in the world, with the American recording just two victories in seven contests.
In December 2022, he last appeared in the octagon in a bout with Eryk Anders, which he lost by second-round TKO. Due to his recent losing streak, the UFC decided it was time to cut Daukaus from his roster (via @UFCRosterWatch):
Kyle Daukaus has nonetheless not given up hope of finding the success he craves in spite of the bad news, as shown by a cryptic update made to his Instagram account. The motivational saying said:
“The road to success is always being built, and in order to get to your destination of success, you must pass through the cities of failure, adversity, self-doubt, and critics.”
What is Kyle Daukaus’ record?
Kyle Daukaus was raised in Northeast Philadelphia’s Tacony neighbourhood. Growing up, Daukaus and his elder brother Chris would watch UFC matches and then train their own grappling manoeuvres in the basement.
After some time, the brothers made the decision to take part in a grappling match, where they finished in second place overall despite their lack of training. After committing to training in mixed martial arts shortly after, the Daukaus brothers went on to compete professionally under the UFC brand.
In his MMA debut, Daukaus submitted Dino Juklo in the first round of AFL 53 (Asylum Fight League) via a rear-naked choke. Daukaus then spectacularly defeated his following five opponents.
He faced Michael Lombardo in Dana White’s Contender Series 18 battle, which resulted in his first and only decision victory. With six victories in his professional MMA career coming via the submission hold, Daukaus is renowned as the master of the unusual brabo choke.
As a professional MMA fighter, Kyle Daukaus has a record of 11 wins, 4 defeats, and 1 no contest in 16 matches.