Many MMA fighters have said that they feel the highest of highs when they win and then the lowest of lows when they suffer defeat. For Chris Daukaus, he was at an all-time low earlier this year.
Daukaus is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Curtis Blaydes earlier this year at UFC Colombus. The knockout loss was his second in a row after starting his UFC career out 3-0 with three KO wins. The two losses are also the first time he has suffered two in a row. On top of that, his two knockout losses were main event losses.
Losing fu*king sucks
After being relatively quiet for the past few months, Daukaus finally opened up in a recent interview with The Bane about the knockout loss to Blaydes.
“Uh, like the first week, I wanted to fu*king kill myself. It’s horrible,” Daukaus said. “But that’s, you know because you put so much emphasis on this one night and the one task at hand. And however long your training camp is 10 weeks, eight weeks, whatever you decide to do but when you come up short, it fu*king sucks.”
“And then obviously the trolls on Instagram and Twitter. Everyone’s hitting me up saying ‘you suck’, but yeah, I mean, mentally I’m back I’m ready to go. I dealt with my shit. I dealt with with a lot of like inner questions, I guess you could say, you know, questioning things, and I’m good.”
Last year before his big fight at UFC 266, Daukaus quit the Philadelphia police force after ten years. He left a steady job with a monthly check to fight in the biggest fight promotion in the world. But, after his knockout loss, he questioned his decision.
“[I was questioning] literally everything. Like, my potential [in the] division. Is this the right division? Do I go to 205? Do I look for another job? Do I reapply to the police department? It’s just like everything. Everything is just running through your head at that point,” Daukaus said. “But you know, it’s a part of fighting. It’s not like I lost to two guys off the contender series. I lost at the time to the number three and the number four guy in the world. Like I’m okay. I’m okay. But like the competitive side of me wants to obviously get those back but me as a person and as a fighter and as a martial artist, I’m okay with losing because I know that those guys were the better guys.”
Daukaus is set to return for the second time in 2022 against Jairzinho Rozenstruik on October 1 and will try and snap his two-fight losing streak.