“Im Starting to Feel Bad for This Dude” – Fans Concerned for Chris Daukaus as UFC Announces His Fight Against Khalil Rountree at UFC 289

Published 04/21/2023, 9:37 AM EDT

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The UFC is known for putting together some great and highly anticipated matchups. Fans eagerly anticipate these bouts and the hype surrounding them is often immense. However, there are also times when fans are left scratching their heads over the fights that are made. Something similar happened recently, for the upcoming UFC 289 PPV.

The upcoming UFC 289 PPV has generated a lot of excitement among fans, and there are some great matchups to look forward to. The main event features a trilogy fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena. Another exciting fight is between Beneil Dariush and Charles Oliveira. However, there is one fight that has fans a little worried – Chris Daukaus vs. Khalil Rountree.

Fans not sure about Chris Daukaus vs. Khalil Rountree


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The Instagram page ‘UFC News Alerts’ recently added another fight to the UFC 289 fight card. Chris Daukaus, #13 ranked UFC heavyweight faces Khalil Rountree Jr., #14 ranked UFC light heavyweight. It is a light heavyweight bout as Daukaus is moving to the light heavyweight division.

At first look, this fight looks fine. However, Daukaus has had three straight knockout losses in his last three fights. Fans are concerned that he is being fed to Rountree, who is known for his striking prowess. Here are some of the fan reactions –

One said – “Dudes on everyone’s highlight reel”

Another one said – “Man… they just want to keep giving him brothers who will KO him. Im starting to feel bad for this dude.”

One said – “Bro Daukaus has been fed to the wolves his past few fights. Now this?! Yikes!”

Another commented – “So basically he’s moving down to Lhw just to fight a dude who should be fighting at heavyweight”

One predicted – “Roundtree w a KO by elbow, imma call it”

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Another one said – “I like Dauk moving to LHW. I don’t like this match up tho”

Another one paid a prediction – “I can already hear Khalil’s body kicks”

One said – “I would love to see Daukaus’s head get pounded again”

One commented – “D*ckhaus getting cut after this L”

Chris Daukaus’s UFC career


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Daukaus joined UFC in 2020 and won his first four matches. However, the American MMA fighter then went on to lose three straight fights to big names like Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes.

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Chris Daukaus has had a love-hate relationship with KO/TKO finishes. 16 of his 18 MMA fights and all of his UFC fights have ended by KO or TKO. Holding a record of 12 wins and 6 losses, there is no denying the fact that Daukaus is an exciting MMA fighter. He has won three consecutive ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses for his KO/TKO wins in his initial days at UFC.


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For the first time in his MMA career, Daukaus is moving down to the light heavyweight division. Can Daukaus get back to winning ways and prove the MMA fans wrong? What are your predictions for the fight?


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Sushant Sharma


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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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