Philly native Kyle Daukaus is set to make his UFC debut this weekend at UFC on ESPN 12: Poirier vs. Hooker. Fighting out of Martinez BJJ in Northeast Philadelphia, Daukaus will be looking to remain undefeated (9-0) against a very formidable opponent in Brendan Allen.
Kyle Daukaus previously secured a victory on Dana White’s Contender’s Series. Daukaus – now 27 years old – cruised to a unanimous decision win over ATT’s Mike Lombardo last June. Though a dominant victory, Daukaus didn’t receive a UFC contract. He went on to secure back to back submission victories with Cage Fury Fighting Championships, one of the most competetive regional circuits in the country. His last win came at the Parx Casino back in February.
Though 9-0, Kyle Daukaus will be facing a formidable UFC opponent right off the bat. He will be taking on the ascending Brendan Allen (14-3). Allen is currently riding a five fight winning streak between LFA, Dana White’s Contender’s Series and the UFC. “All in” Allen is 2-0 in the UFC outright with stoppage victories over Kevin Holland and Tom Breese.
Stylistically, Daukaus is an elite grappler with above average height for the 185 pound division. His striking isn’t his main plan of attack, but a hefty reach advantage over most opponents allows the Martinez BJJ product to have an easier time landing clean. A decent comparison would be Gerald Meerschaert or honestly, his opponent.
Though Daukaus is used to having a reach advantage, Allen will have a slight reach advantage edge in this one. Ultimately, this match-up is a clash between very similar styles. For that reason, the line is a bit absurd. For the gamblers out there, Daukaus is certainly worth consideration at (+245).