Even though Daukaus’ last two fights didn’t go as he had hoped, he still earned something that only some fighters experience in their career – headlining an event. After losing to Lewis, the 33-year-old didn’t expect to be the face of the big picture so soon after, but just three months later he was the man in the marquee.
“It’s something I will always remember,” Daukaus said. “I have my own poster and all like that. It’s super cool and super awesome. The pressure that comes with that is real. It’s a real thing, but you just have to focus and enjoy it and enjoy life.
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The last time Daukaus entered the Octagon was in March, and since then he has spent time getting back to training, spending time with his family and focusing on what was wrong. not in his last two fights.
The time spent allowed Daukaus to reflect on the losses.
“I can’t be too worried about what the others are going to do in the fight,” Daukaus said. “I just kind of have to fight my own fight. I was so concerned about the withdrawal (against Blaydes). That’s really, I think, what was the deciding factor in him being able to land the big shots, moves that I dreaded throwing because I expected a takedown, but the best way for me to not not doing so is just focusing on me.”