Philadelphia Heavyweight Chris Daukaus will be making his promotional debut this Saturday when he takes on Parker Porter at UFC 252. Chris Daukaus will be making his first UFC appearence not long after his younger brother — Kyle Daukaus — did the same thing. The younger Daukaus made his UFC debut on June 27th, stepping in on short notice against a very tough opponent in Brendan Allen. Though a loss via decision, Daukaus won the third round in most people’s eyes. Losing to an opponent like Brendan Allen, on short notice, in a UFC debut, is certainly respectable. So, it’s hard not to call the debut of Kyle Daukaus a success.
The Daukaus brothers were actually the subject of an AP article on fighters looking for work back in May. This of course pre-dated Kyle’s UFC debut and the booking of his brother’s bout. The article talked about how Kyle was seeking manual labor jobs since fight opportunities had dried up as well as Chris’s job as a Philadelphia Police Officer. Chris Daukaus does this job following in the footsteps of his father, who has led SWAT units for Philly PD. It’s great to see both brothers getting opportunities in the UFC just weeks after this article was written; a piece that featured a photo of the brothers training in a garage.
Now Chris Daukaus (8-3 Pro, 0-0 UFC) will be looking to get the Martinez BJJ brothers in the win column at UFC 252. Daukaus last fought nearly a year ago, picking up a first round TKO over Danny Holmes at CFFC 77. This win became his sixth over his last seven attempts.
Prior to the victory over Holmes, Chris Daukaus lost to a very game opponent in Azunna Anywanu. He was KO’d by the former UFC fighter in the second round of a wild fight, one in which Daukaus had Anywanu wobbled badly in the first. Despite pouring on pressure and implementing take downs, Daukaus was unable to get Zu out of there and ultimately gassed out. Like the UFC debut of his younger brother, there were a-lot of positives in the loss.
As for Daukaus’ opponent — Parker Porter (9-5 Pro, 0-0 UFC) — he will also be making his promotional debut following two fights on the regional scene. The line is also essentially even on Fanduel, with Daukaus currently listed as a very slight underdog at (+106).
You can watch Chris Daukaus make his UFC debut on ESPN or ESPN+. The UFC 252 prelims begin at 7PM Eastern Time.