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UFC Vegas 4 Fight Preview: Brendan Allen vs. Kyle Daukaus

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Brendan “All In” Allen and Kyle Daukaus will be stepping into the octagon to face off at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker on Saturday, June 27th. Positioned just outside the top 20 at middleweight, Allen will be looking to earn his third victory inside the UFC to continue his rise up the rankings. Meanwhile, Daukaus will finally be making his UFC debut after not receiving a contract when he defeated Michael Lombardo by unanimous decision on Dana White’s Contender Series just one year ago.

In what will likely be the new normal for UFC events until the COVID-19 health crisis is over, fans will be seeing another fighter make their UFC debut after taking the fight on short notice. This fight was originally slated to be Brendan Allen vs Ian Heinisch. However, Heinisch was forced to pull out of the event last week due to injury. Enter Kyle Daukaus as the next man up. Things did not go well for the fighter debuting on short notice last week. Max Rohskopf was battered to the point where he told referee Mark Smith that he could no longer continue just seconds before the third round was set to begin. Daukaus will certainly be hoping for a much better result in his UFC debut.

In preparation for this fight, we will be taking a brief look at both fighter’s professional careers and then we will attempt to predict the outcome of this fight. Join us by leaving your fight prediction in the comments and see if you can correctly predict the outcome!

Brendan AllenTale of the TapeKyle Daukaus
14-3MMA Record9-0
185 poundsWeight185 pounds
77 inchesReach76 inches

Allen’s History

Brendan Allen posing for a picture after beating Kevin Holland.
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 18: Brendan Allen poses for a portrait backstage after his victory over Kevin Holland during the UFC Fight Night event at TD Garden on October 18, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Brendan Allen is the owner of a six-fight win streak, with the last two coming since joining the UFC. A submission specialist, Allen has earned 8 of 14 wins in his career by forcing his opponents into submission. To earn his UFC contract, Allen submitted Aaron Jeffery by way of rear naked choke on Dana White’s Contender Series in July of 2019. Allen followed that win up with another rear naked choke win over Kevin Holland. In his most recent fight in the UFC, Allen convincingly beat Tom Breese via ground and pound in the first round of the fight. All three of Allen’s losses have come prior to him joining the UFC.

Prior to his time in the UFC, Allen was the middleweight champion for the Legacy Fighting Alliance. Allen held this title from September 2018 until he vacated the championship belt upon joining the UFC in 2019. Coincidentally, Allen had won the middleweight title that was vacated by his original opponent for this fight, Ian Heinisch, when Heinisch got his UFC opportunity. Brendan Allen will be looking to extend his win streak to seven and continue his rise amongst UFC middleweight prospects. A convincing win here could earn Allen an opportunity to fight for a spot inside the UFC’s top 15 middleweights.

Daukaus’ History

Kyle Daukaus getting his hand held up signifying he is victorious over Michael Lombardo
LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 25: Kyle Daukaus celebrates after his victory over Michael Lombardo in their middleweight bout during Dana White’s Contender Series at the UFC Apex on June 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC)

Kyle Daukaus will be making his UFC debut on the strength of a nine-win streak, which spans the length of his entire professional MMA career up to this point. Like Allen, Daukaus is also viewed as a submission specialist, with 8 of his 9 career wins coming by way of submission. The only time in Daukaus’ career that he was not able to win by submission was his unanimous decision victory over Lombardo that failed to earn him a UFC contract that night. Undoubtedly Daukaus will be looking to prove to the UFC why passing on him that first time was a big mistake.

Prior to this opportunity in the UFC, Daukaus most recently fought for the Cage Fury Fight Championships promotion and is the most recent holder of their middleweight championship belt. Daukaus has held this title since February of 2019 and has successfully defended the title twice. With all of his submission wins coming by way of a choke, it is safe to say Daukaus will be looking to take Allen’s neck any chance he gets. A win for Daukaus after taking this fight on short notice will undoubtedly earn himself the multi-fight contract he was hoping to receive after Dana White’s Contender Series.

Fight Prediction

Both of these fighters love to get finishes. Allen has 13 finishes in his career, with only one win coming by way of decision. Only four of Allen’s fights have gone past the second round. Daukaus has eight finishes and has gone the distance just once in his nine professional fights. Daukaus only has two fights that have made it past the second round. With Daukaus taking the fight on short notice and making his UFC debut, he will be looking to put on a show to ensure he gets another UFC fight in the near future. Allen will be looking to earn a convincing win over his opponent to bolster his resume on his way to a hopeful top-15 ranking. This fight has finish written all over it.

Result: Allen by rear naked choke in round 3.

Half of Brendan Allen’s career wins have come by way of rear naked choke. Although Daukaus has excellent submission defense, he will be stepping into the octagon on just 10 days’ notice against a veteran opponent that has been training for this fight since June 8th. Allen has the advantage in fighting experience and will be motivated by not wanting to lose to a debuting fighter. This fight certainly could end in an upset, as Daukaus possesses a very deadly D’arce choke. However, it is extremely difficult to pick against the more experienced fighter that has had more time to prepare coming into this fight. Allen is a heavy favorite in this fight. I expect him to pull through after tiring Daukaus out with submission attempts and ground game in the first two rounds.

Brendan Allen getting his hands raised after defeating Kevin Holland.
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 18: Brendan Allen celebrates after defeating Kevin Holland in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at TD Garden on October 18, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Jeff Swartz is a combat sports writer and editor for With a focus on the UFC, Jeff also covers other major combat sports promotions like Bellator, ONE, World Lethwei Championship, Sparta Sports & Entertainment, and much more!