Chris Daukaus is in a must-win situation at UFC 282 this weekend (Sat., Dec. 10, 2022) when he locks horns with Jairzinho Rozenstruik inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The No. 11-ranked Heavyweight contender found himself on the wrong end of two tough knockout losses in pivotal match ups his last two appearances. First finished by Derrick Lewis in the first round of his UFC main event debut, Daukaus then went on to fall short against Curtis Blaydes.
With his five-fight win streak snapped and his first losing skid obtained, Daukaus was down in the dumps to say the least.
“After you lose, the first [1.5 months] ... I wanted to kill myself because it f—king sucks,” Daukaus said at UFC 282 media day. “Everyone’s telling me how bad I suck and everyone’s just s—ting on you because that’s what people do. You’re only as good as your last fight and my last two fights have sucked so yeah, you just have to get through that. It sucks, but you have to get through that and I’ve been working on that since my last one and I’m here to change that.”
Despite the skid, Daukaus is remaining in the mix of Top 15-ranked contenders, facing Rozenstruik on the “Prelims” undercard portion of the pay-per-view (PPV) show.
Daukaus, 33, worked as a police officer prior to his skid, but gave up his position to go full-time as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. The timing was undeniably poor when it comes to income. Daukaus, however, doesn’t regret his decision.
“[The mindset is] like, dude, you totally f—ked up. You probably should have stayed a cop,” Daukaus joked regarding quitting his police officer job. “But no, this is what I wanted, this is really what I’ve been striving for. It’s what I want. I would rather do this, get my ass kicked, and question whether or not I have a job than to go back to the police department.
“I love the police department — I don’t love the police department ... I love the people I worked with,” he clarified. “The whole bureaucracy and all that, that’s a whole different story. But no, I really enjoyed the people I worked with, but this is much better. I get to spend time with my family, I get to spend time with my kids. This is living the dream for me. I get paid to get in fist fights. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
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