EXCLUSIVE | Curtis Blaydes Breaks Down Chris Daukaus Fight, Predicts KO Win Inside Two Rounds

Curtis BlaydesTackling Philadelphia native, Chris Daukaus in an impromptu UFC Columbus main event in two weeks’ time, perennial heavyweight contender, Curtis Blaydes has praised the boxing acumen of the contender, but insists he’ll likely find enough opportunities to land a knockout win inside just two rounds. Blaydes, who sits as the #4 ranked heavyweight in the […]

Curtis Blaydes

Tackling Philadelphia native, Chris Daukaus in an impromptu UFC Columbus main event in two weeks’ time, perennial heavyweight contender, Curtis Blaydes has praised the boxing acumen of the contender, but insists he’ll likely find enough opportunities to land a knockout win inside just two rounds.

Blaydes, who sits as the #4 ranked heavyweight in the official division pile, rebounded from a thunderous uppercut knockout loss to Derrick Lewis back in September at UFC 266 – turning in a one-sided unanimous decision victory over heavy-hitting Suriname native, Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

Curtis Blaydes holds wins over five former or current world champions

Replacing former light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz, and the streaking, Aleksandar Rakic in the Nationwide Arena headlining tilt – Juco national champion, Blaydes headlines for the fifth time in his Octagon tenure – while Daukaus nets his second straight headliner under the promotion’s banner.

Breaking down the stylistic matchup with the Philadelphia puncher, Blaydes pointed to the boxing ability of Daukaus as his main weapon to watch out for.

“I know he’s (Chris Daukaus) a good boxer,” Curtis Blaydes told LowKick MMA reporter, James Lynch. “He’s very orthodox, he doesn’t do a lot of crazy techniques. He believes in the basic, which is something I also believe in. I know he is also very good at Jiu-Jitsu, and I believe I’m the bigger – I’m faster, I’m more explosive. And obviously, I believe I’m the better grappler.”

As far as a route to victory is concerned for Illinois native, Blaydes, he believes within two rounds, he will have waned enough on Daukaus enough to set up an eventual knockout win.

“I win the first two rounds, I put the pressure on him, and he has to open up,” Curtis Blaydes said. And I catch him on the feet, so I believe I get the finish.”

15-3(1) as a professional, Elevation Fight Team staple, Blaydes has only suffered other professional losses to reigning division best, Francis Ngannou – turning in notable career wins over the likes of Alexey Oleynik, Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem, Shamil Abdurakhimov, Junior dos Santos, and Alexander Volkov. 

In his most recent outing, Daukaus suffered his first promotional loss – finding himself on the receiving end of a knockout defeat to the aforenoted common-foe, Lewis in December during the main event of UFC Vegas 44.

Daukaus On Fighter Pay Debate: “Does Everyone Want $1 million?”

UFC heavyweight Chris Daukaus doesn’t believe Francis Nagnnou’s efforts to increase fighter pay will result in bigger purses for all. The seemingly never-ending fighter pay debate has divided opinion among the UFC’s biggest stars. On one side of the aisle, the likes of Ngannou, Jon Jones, and Paulo Costa have fiercely voiced their salary grievances….

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UFC heavyweight Chris Daukaus doesn’t believe Francis Nagnnou’s efforts to increase fighter pay will result in bigger purses for all.

The seemingly never-ending fighter pay debate has divided opinion among the UFC’s biggest stars. On one side of the aisle, the likes of Ngannou, Jon Jones, and Paulo Costa have fiercely voiced their salary grievances. On the other side, Valentina Shevchenko, Kevin Holland, and Darren Till, among others, have publicly defended their employer’s remuneration practices.     

Other than perennial Dana White agitator Jake Paul—who’s made inflaming the fighter pay debate his pet project in recent months—there’s been no more vocal critic of the UFC than Ngannou. The 35-year-old, who’s been locked in protracted contract negotiations with the UFC for some time, has publicly declared he “would not fight for $500,000 or $600,000 anymore.” Ngannou has also consistently argued for more equitable contract terms.

Under his present contract, Ngannou is precluded from fighting outside of the UFC and therefore can’t test the market for higher pay. The Cameroonian, it seems, is willing to remain inactive for 12 months so as to annul his contract, and thereafter pursue a big-money superfight with heavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury. As it happens, Ngannou is set to have knee surgery, taking his willingness to be inactive out of his hands.

Francis Ngannou

Chris Daukaus Explains Why He Thinks Fighter Pay Won’t Increase

The argument goes that if the UFC’s biggest stars continue to pressure the franchise for better pay, a trickle-down effect will see bigger purses for all. But in an exclusive interview with MMANews, Ngannou’s heavyweight peer Chris Daukaus explains why that theory is flawed. The 32-year-old says that arguments for better fighter pay fail to take into account simple market economics.

“No, no,” said Daukaus when asked if Ngannou speaking out will lead to better pay for all fighters. “Because, I mean, when they were all figuring out who was gonna fight for the heavyweight belt before, Jon Jones said he won’t fight Francis for anything less than $10 million, and then Derrick Lewis tweeted out like, ‘I’ll fight him for eight.’ That’s us fighters. If you won’t do something for $10, I’ll do it for $8 because I know I’m gonna get that opportunity.”

Daukaus is also skeptical of the figure Ngannou claims to receive from the UFC each fight but doesn’t fault the champ for desiring a bigger paycheck. 

“Plus, let’s be real, Francis isn’t only making $600,000,” continued Daukaus. “He’s not. That’s just not the way it goes. He’s definitely getting paid a lot more than that. I think he wishes that he got paid more. Everyone wishes that they got paid more. That’s just natural.”

Personally, Daukaus says that he’s content with how he’s been treated by the UFC and notes that while it would be ideal for fighter pay to increase across the board, certain economic realities must be appreciated.

“I really don’t know what it’s going to take for us to get paid better,” said Daukaus. “I’m extremely happy with my pay scale, my everything, especially with the last two main events. I’m extremely happy with that. I mean, I don’t know what people want. I don’t know what fighters want. Does everyone want $1 million to fight? That’s just not the way it is. So I don’t know what the hell’s gonna happen with it.”

What do you think? Do you agree with Chris Daukaus’ take on fighter pay?

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Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus To Headline UFC Columbus

Curtis BlaydesUFC Columbus has itself a new main event and it’s Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus in a heavyweight showdown. Former UFC light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz had to pull out of his fight with Alexander Rakic, a fight that was supposed to be the March 26 headliner. The UFC is now putting Blaydes vs Daukaus […]

Curtis Blaydes

UFC Columbus has itself a new main event and it’s Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus in a heavyweight showdown.

Former UFC light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz had to pull out of his fight with Alexander Rakic, a fight that was supposed to be the March 26 headliner. The UFC is now putting Blaydes vs Daukaus as the new main event for that card.

Initial reports of this move came from Ariel Helwani with mmajunkie.com confirming the booking later in the week. The UFC has yet to officially announce this fight as the headliner though.

Blaydes will be looking to get another win to get closer to that elusive title shot. He is coming off a win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik in September via unanimous decision.

This will also be the second time in a row that Chris Daukaus will headline a Fight Night card. The last time he was the main event was back in December against Derrick Lewis. He lost that fight via first round KO but was on a five-fight winning streak before that bout.

UFC Columbus is shaping up nicely after the announcement of this main event. Other notable bouts scheduled for this card include Amanda Ribas vs Michelle Waterson, Max Griffin vs Neil Magny, and Askar Askarov vs Kai Kara-France.

Who do you think comes away with a win in the main event of UFC Columbus? Curtis Blaydes or Chris Daukaus?

Curtis Blaydes vs. Chris Daukaus Targeted For March 26 Main Event

UFC heavyweight contenders Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus will square off as the new main event of the upcoming UFC Columbus card. This was first reported by MMA journalist Ariel Helwani. Blaydes is looking to continue his momentum after an impressive win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 264. Before that, he had lost via second-round…

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UFC heavyweight contenders Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus will square off as the new main event of the upcoming UFC Columbus card.

This was first reported by MMA journalist Ariel Helwani.

Blaydes is looking to continue his momentum after an impressive win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 264. Before that, he had lost via second-round knockout to Derrick Lewis last February.

Blaydes will face a tough challenge in Daukaus, who also is looking to get back on track after a knockout loss to Lewis. He had been on a five-fight winning streak before the defeat to Lewis, which was his first loss in the UFC.

Blaydes/Daukaus will take the place of a light heavyweight showdown between Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic. It was the originally scheduled main event before Blachowicz was forced to withdraw with an injury. That matchup is expected to be re-booked for later this year.

Blaydes had recently called for a fight with former interim champion Ciryl Gane next, but it appears that Gane wants to take some time off after losing to Francis Ngannou at UFC 270. The matchup could still happen if Blaydes can get past Daukaus.

The UFC heavyweight title picture is a bit shaky at the moment as Ngannou is expected to miss a majority of 2022 after undergoing knee surgery. Some believe that the promotion will likely book another interim title bout as Ngannou recovers from his injury.

Blaydes vs. Daukaus won’t be the only intriguing fight on the card. A potential No. 1 flyweight contender bout between Askar Askarov and Kai Kara France will serve as the co-main event, and Michelle Waterson will make her return to the Octagon against Amanda Ribas.

What is your prediction for Curtis Blaydes vs. Chris Daukaus?

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Watch: Lewis Sends A Message To Ex-Cop Daukaus After Traffic Stop

Derrick Lewis had a direct message to his UFC Vegas 45 opponent Chris Daukaus after what he felt was a sketchy traffic stop.

Heading into UFC Vegas 45, Derrick Lewis had one main goal. Sure, getting the dub, in general, is always essential. Breaki…

Derrick Lewis, Chris Daukaus

Derrick Lewis had a direct message to his UFC Vegas 45 opponent Chris Daukaus after what he felt was a sketchy traffic stop.

Heading into UFC Vegas 45, Derrick Lewis had one main goal. Sure, getting the dub, in general, is always essential. Breaking the UFC knockout record? Meh. The real primary objective for Lewis last weekend, in his own words, was to avoid getting Rodney King’d on national television by ex-police officer Chris Daukaus.

“He’s gotta be a good guy because he is a police officer. I support the police department all over the world, ‘specially in Houston,” Lewis said. “I appreciate most of you all for letting me slide with speeding ticket here, and that’s why I appreciate you all, back the blue all day long. Whenever you fighting a police officer, you don’t wanna get Rodney King’d on ESPN, so you gotta go out there and fight hard, man. Do it for the people.”

After Lewis was happy to legally assault the ex-cop in brutal fashion in a tribute to the ’90s police brutality victim King, he would very soon come in contact with the boys in blue again.

Derrick Lewis Gets Pulled Over, Racks Up Another Dub

As Lewis alluded to prior to the fight, Houston officers treat “The Black Beast” as a local hero, often being lenient with any traffic violations he may have committed.

Such an incident was captured on video in Lewis’ Instagram Stories on Wednesday. When the traffic stop concluded, Lewis wanted Daukaus to know that he just pulled out another victory after implying that the ex-cop Daukaus had gone dirty. Peep it out below.

In the video, Lewis is handed a warning by the officer for missing his front license plate. Lewis would brag about this resolution with his customary deadpan tone while addressing Daukaus.

“Alright, Chris Daukaus. I’m still 2-0. He just gave me a warning. You tried it.”

If Lewis’ suspicions are correct, he may want to quit while he’s ahead at 2-0 instead of poking the bear. Because regardless of your winning streak, if you keep Clashing with the law, the law always wins.

What do you make of this second “victory” for Derrick Lewis?

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VIDEO | Derrick Lewis Gets Pulled Over, Pokes Fun At Ex-Cop Chris Daukaus: ‘I’m 2-0’

Derrick LewisRecent UFC Vegas 45 headliner, Derrick Lewis was pulled over in his vehicle during a traffic stop, and despite finding himself on the receiving end of a ticket from the officer, has taken the chance to poke fun at former law enforcement officer and Saturday’s opponent, Chris Daukaus, claiming he’s now “2-0” against law enforcement […]

Derrick Lewis

Recent UFC Vegas 45 headliner, Derrick Lewis was pulled over in his vehicle during a traffic stop, and despite finding himself on the receiving end of a ticket from the officer, has taken the chance to poke fun at former law enforcement officer and Saturday’s opponent, Chris Daukaus, claiming he’s now “2-0” against law enforcement in the space of a week.

New Orleans-born fan favorite, Lewis headlined UFC Vegas 45 last weekend in the promotion’s final event of the year, stopping the aforenoted Philadelphia native, Daukaus with an impressive opening round knockout win.

The victory rebounded Lewis to the winner’s enclosure following a UFC 265 interim heavyweight title challenger loss to Ciryl Gane in Houston, Texas. 

Derrick Lewis became the most prolific knockout artist with Saturday’s win over Chris Daukaus

Crashing forward and clipping Daukaus during a brief clinch exchange, Lewis then dropped the Pennsylvania native at the Octagon strikes in the opening round – earning his stunning twenty first career knockout win, and his thirteenth in his UFC tenure – the most in the entire history of the organization. 

Posting a video on his social media today, Lewis, the #3 ranked heavyweight contender, Lewis is in the middle of a traffic stop, for apparently not displaying a license plate on the front of his vehicle.

Upon the responding officer issuing him just a ticket for the infringement, Lewis pointed the camera toward himself, saying, “Alright, Chris Daukaus – I’m still 2-0,” Derrick Lewis said. “He just gave me a warning. You tried it.

Off the back of his stoppage win over Daukaus, Lewis maintained that he was still interested in fighting for the promotion’s heavyweight title, however, hoped the promotion would make an exception for him and stage any potential fight over the course of three rounds.

With past-foes, Francis Ngannou and Gane set to meet next month in a heavyweight title unification bout at UFC 270 – Lewis has claimed he would be as ready as possible to serve as a backup should the organization require his services on short notice.

If it’s going to be co-main event – we’ll see,” Derrick Lewis told MMA Junkie post-fight. “I guess. We’ll see, man. I guess, man. I just told y’all I don’t want any more of those five rounds. I want the money. We’ll see. I guess I’ll be ready. Somewhat.