Back in 2012 as I sat cageside, commentating and hopping into the cage to talk to the winning fighters at XFE 18. Little did I know that an amateur heavyweight chalking up his first win in his second try would go on to become a UFC fighter. Kyle Daukaus spoke about it in his first ever post-fight interview that he was going to get back to the gym at Martinez BJJ and keep working until he reached the pinnacle of the sport. Daukaus continued his amateur career and after ten fights, he was an even 5-5. His head coach Will Martinez, felt he was ready for the next level, and Kyle has made that decision look like a brilliant one.
Daukaus is 10-1 as a professional and about to have his third fight in the Octagon. His first one came on about six days notice and he took Brendan Allen the distance and lost a tough decision, followed up by a lopsided win that he dominated on the judges’ scorecards over Dustin Stoltzfus. Now Daukaus has signed on to fight Alisakhab Khizriev who is 13-0 and will be making his UFC debut after earning his contract on The Contender Series. The two middleweights will tangle on April 10th’s UFC on ABC 2 as part of the main card.
MyMMANews caught up with Daukaus as he was prepping for fight week which is only a few days ahead. He tells us……
“My strength and conditioning has really been a huge key to my success. As you know, I started out as a heavyweight and progressively worked my way down to middleweight where it is like routine now. I feel that no matter who I am in there against, I can outlast them and go the full 15 minutes if need be. That’s how we train and I have to give a lot of credit to Will Martinez because since day 1, it’s always been about cardio and conditioning with your MMA.”
You can listen to our full interview on the link below. Kyle gives us a hint that we may hear some fight news in the near future about his brother, Chris, who is also a UFC fighter and has gotten off to a smashing 3-0 start with 3 first round finishes in the Octagon. You can stay right here at MyMMANews.com for any fight updates and of course full results as they happen on April 10th.
Commentator for Art of War Cagefighting. More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event production. USKA Fight Sports media and production.
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