Kyle Daukaus vs Phil Hawes- A Fight for Recognition in the UFC Middleweight Division

Published 04/17/2021, 12:23 PM EDT


UFC Fight Night, on May 8, will witness the return of former Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw. This will be a major event, as Dillashaw will make his return after over 2 years against Cory Sandhagen. UFC wants the card to look stacked with young and top talent. Therefore, according to sources, the fight makers have added a new fight on the card.

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Kyle Daukaus and Phil Hawes will face each other in a Middleweight showdown. Daukaus was already scheduled for a fight against Aliaskhab Khizriev on ABC 2 under Holland vs Vettori. Unfortunately, the fight was called off due to covid-19 complications.

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Phil Hawes is on an active 3 fight win streak in the UFC and fights in an Orthodox stance. On the other hand, his opponent Kyle Daukaus has won 2 out of his 3 fights and is a southpaw.

Kyle Daukaus and Phil Hawes will look to get on the main card

This is a crucial time for both fighters, as it’s a good time to make some name in the Middleweight division. The stage is set and now all they need to do is put a performance for the fans. A fine performance here could provide great recognition, as it could place the winner from the Preliminary card to the main card.

Both Kyle Daukaus and Phil Hawes have 10 wins each to their name. But they have fought little in the UFC. Phil Hawes has a better chance of jumping up into the main card if he emerges victorious, as a win will result in 4 straight wins in the organization. Whereas, Kyle Daukaus may have to take a long run before actually getting up to the main card.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Phillip Hawes punches Jacob Malkoun of Australia in their middleweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, it’s not impossible if Daukaus is successful in stopping ‘The Megatron’ Phil Hawes by a devastating knockout. In doing so, he might find himself in the limelight in a brief interval of time. On paper, the fight looks like a close contest as both have almost an identical record.

Who will win the Middleweight showdown between Daukaus and Hawes? Let us know.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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