Former Philadelphia police officer Chris Daukaus lost his third-straight UFC fight this past weekend, falling to 4-3 since joining the promotion back in August of 2020.
This time it was a 23-second KO at the hands of Jairzinho Rozenstruik:
FULL FIGHT: Rozenstruik vs Daukaus ⚔️💥 #BigiBoy #UFC282 pic.twitter.com/a0yF6xLwMj
— Jairzinho 'BIGI BOY' Rozenstruik (@JairRozenstruik) December 11, 2022
Chris has now faced Derrick Lewis, Curtis Blaydes, and Rozenstruik in consecutive bouts, otherwise known as murderer’s row. Lewis fought for the interim title and Blaydes is a top-5-ranked title contender. Jairzinho was 12-4 coming into the weekend and ranked in the top-10.
The problem isn’t necessarily the losses, it’s the way Chris has lost these fights. He’s looked largely unable to deal with the power of the top heavyweights, and in this fight hit the scales at 242, conceding almost 20 pounds to Rozenstruik. Sometimes that’s fine, because guys can create a mobility advantage and negate that discrepancy, but Chris hasn’t shown that in recent fights.
That’s why a lot of people think he should adjust his body and get down to 205 to fight at light heavyweight. It’s a tough ask, but 35 pounds isn’t out of the question, Daniel Cormier actually started as a heavyweight and went 13-0 before dropping down to 205 in 2014. Lyoto Machida went from 205 to 185 and scored some solid wins in that division. Those guys were some of the best to ever do it, but the point is that dropping down is not impossible. Chris carries a lot of flab around his belly and could really trim down and find success at light heavyweight. I really do think that.
Whatever the choice, hopefully he figures it out soon, because he’s lost three in a row and has looked overmatched in all three fights.