Back again to the Apex arena for the fifth straight event, the UFC on ESPN 12 card is headlined between Dan Hooker and Dustin Poitier in an important lightweight bout. Other notable fighters on the card are Mike Perry, Aspen Ladd, Sara McMann, Luis Pena, and other exciting fighters.
In a middleweight bout, Ian Heinisch, coming off a quick victory over Gerald Meerschaert, was set to fight Gerald’s teammate Brendan Allen. Unfortunately, Heinisch had to pull out and now newcomer Kyle Daukaus will step in and fight the red hot Allen.
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How will Daukaus fare in the UFC:
On the feet, Kyle Daukaus is not great but throws a lot of volume and is very good at using his length. He does have a problem holding his hands low but his tall stance has allowed him to keep just out of the way. Daukaus is much more versed on the mat and his wrestling to get in there is good. His constant pressure, pushing opponents against the fence and working his wrestling in has been too much for opposing fighters to deal with so far.
Daukaus has an excellent submission base holding eight wins by submission, with his D’Arce choke being a prime choice. He’s active with his submission attempts attempting the D’arce, arm-triangle, guillotine, and rear-naked choke. Daukaus is just always attacking looking to end the fight and he stays very active as well with ground and pound. A very good signing from the UFC as I believe he should have been signed when he won on the Contender Series.
How does Daukaus match up with Allen:
This is a great fight with two athletes who are both excellent grapplers — which may result in a striking contest. If so, Allen would have the advantage as he has the power and is just far more comfortable there. This is such a close fight if the fight goes to the mat because I think Allen has the better wrestling and Daukaus has the better jiu-jitsu. I’m going to ever so slightly give the edge to Allen because he’s more well-rounded and more proven against much better competition.