The MMA world is a crazy one. We have a former UFC fighter who got arrested for taking the law into his own hands illegally, and then we have a UFC fighter who is a former police of 10 years commenting on the situation.
Chris Daukaus, who returns this weekend for his second straight main event, spoke with Sherdog before his fight. With Daukaus being a former Philadelphia police officer, he was asked to give his thoughts on the arrest of former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
“I’m okay with what he did”
Daukaus agrees with Cain Velasquez from a father’s perspective but disagrees from a law point of view.
“As a father, and fighter, I’m okay with what he did,” Daukaus said. “It sucks he shot the wrong person, I understand where he is coming from. I understand the emotions that he must have felt, and I couldn’t imagine what was going through his head. I couldn’t imagine being in that situation,” Daukaus said. “As former law enforcement, as a former police officer, dealing the circumstances of the case and the facts of the case, I knew he was going to be locked up.”
From the mind of a former police officer
Daukaus said without a doubt he will be charged; it just depends on the timeline and how premeditated it was.
“He is going to be charged, it’s just what he gets charged with during the trial,” Daukaus added. “It’s a really bad situation, I think, but we’ll see how it plays out as far as the timeline goes. If he knew about things, if he didn’t know about things, if it was a ‘crime of passion’ with his emotions and if he just reacted, that plays a factor as opposed to him planning a revenge factor against his person, that also plays a factor in it.”
The No. 9 ranked heavyweight respects what the former heavyweight champion did, but as a former cop, he ultimately thinks he should be locked up for his crime. Daukaus agrees that the criminal justice system is broken and really wishes it was fixed.
“As a father of a young son and a soon-to-be daughter, I can respect what he did. I understand what he did, but as a former law enforcement officer, like I said, he broke the law, and he needs to be locked up.
“I guess that goes to show the type of faith or lack of faith that an individual has in the criminal justice system here in America, which, as you can tell from not only this story but other stories, it seems to be broken at this point in time. I really wished that it was fixed, but there seems to be something really wrong if the guy who did that to Velasquez is now free to go out in society and back to his normal life after what he’s done, allegedly, to someone or other people… the topic needs to be handled better”
Daukaus believes that the California court is really going to go after Velasquez for attempted murder which holds a 20-year sentence.
Daukaus returns to action against Curtis Blaydes in the main event this weekend as the UFC returns to Columbus, Ohio.