Chris Daukaus will enter the UFC octagon for seventh time when he meets Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 282 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old former Philadelphia police officer spoke with media today ahead of the December 10th fight at T-Mobile Arena. When asked about thoughts that ran through his head after recent losses to Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes, the heavyweight fighter opened up about questioning his decision to retire from law enforcement.
“[The mindset is] like, dude, you totally f—ked up,” Daukaus said. You probably should have stayed a co. But no, this is what I wanted, this is really what I’ve been striving for. It’s what I want. I would rather do this, get my ass kicked, and question whether or not I have a job than to go back to the police department.
“I love the police department — I don’t love the police department … I love the people I worked with,” he clarified. “The whole bureaucracy and all that, that’s a whole different story. But no, I really enjoyed the people I worked with, but this is much better. I get to spend time with my family, I get to spend time with my kids. This is living the dream for me. I get paid to get in fistfights. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
UFC 282 fight card:
Jan Błachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev – 205 lbs – light heavyweight title bout
Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon – 155 lbs
S. Ponzinibbio vs. Alex Morono – 180 lbs
Darren Till vs. Dricus Du Plessis – 185 lbs
Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria – 145 lbs
Jay Perrin vs. Raul Rosas Jr. – 135 lbs
J. Rozenstruik vs. Chris Daukaus – 265 lbs
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. D. Lungiambula – 185 lbs
Chris Curtis vs. Joaquin Buckley – 185 lbs
Billy Quarantillo vs. A. Hernandez – 145 lbs
Erik Silva vs. TJ Brown – 145 lbs
Daniel da Silva vs. Vinicius Salvador – 125 lbs
Cameron Saaiman vs. Steven Koslow – 135 lbs
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