Chris Daukaus isn’t ruling out a change in weight classes.
In Daukaus’ entire career he has been fighting at heavyweight but he has been one of the smaller heavyweights and many have wondered if he could make 205lbs. The talk of him switching weight classes has only increased after he lost two fights in a row, and ahead of his UFC 282 scrap against Jairzinho Rozenstruik, he admits he has thought about moving down to light heavyweight.
“If you talk to my brother, I can make 205. But yeah, I’ve been speaking with nutritionists. My brother uses John Poppie here in Vegas. He told me obviously it’s going to have to be a lifestyle change,” Daukaus said at media day. “Certain things will be changed. But if you guys remember when I fought in Abu Dhabi, I weighed 225. He said, ‘If you come in on fight week 225, you can make 205 no problem.
“So that is an idea that’s been floating around in my head, but we’ll see where things go,” Daukaus continued. “Is it always good to change weight classes? No. You have to take into account that the 205 guys are probably a little bit more technical than the heavyweight guys. They probably don’t hit as hard, certain people. So we’ll see. We’ll see where this goes. As of now, I’m staying at heavyweight. I don’t have any plans to go to 205. Unless something drastically changes in my life or career, we’re staying here.”
Chris Daukaus is 12-5 and coming off back-to-back knockout losses to Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis. Prior to the setbacks, Daukaus was 4-0 in the UFC with four stoppage wins as he stepped up on short notice and knocked out Parker Porter in the first round at UFC 252. He then knocked out Rodrigo Nascimento, Aleksei Oleinik, and Shamil Abdurakhimov to earn the main event spots.
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