- Kyle Daukaus defeated Jamie Pickett at a UFC event on Saturday.
- It is now the flagship event of the American’s career, which rebounds after a few delicate fights.
LAS VEGAS — American middleweight Kyle Daukaus scored an incredible buzzer-beating submission Saturday at the UFC-owned Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Daukaus was in scintillating form throughout the first round, as he was relentless with his takedown attempts – succeeding with three from six in the first round – in his match against Jamie Pickett.
The 28-year-old finally applied a D’Arce choke when the clock started to run out and, had Pickett held on for a second longer, he would have survived the round.
But that was never meant to be for Pickett.
Even if he had held his ground, it wouldn’t have affected the result as Daukaus had great control, dominating Pickett while barely breaking a sweat.
It was a remarkable way to bounce back from losing to Phil Hawes in May last year before a frustrating no contest with Kevin Holland due to an accidental clash of heads.
He now has the signature victory of his career.
“There were 10 seconds left and I felt it tap before the break,” Daukaus said in post-match commentary at the event Insider attended.
Watch the ending here:
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With the victory, Daukaus increased his pro MMA record to 11 wins (nine submissions and two decisions) against two losses.
Daukaus was one of four athletes to win a $50,000 performance bonus check. Jamahal Hill, David Onama and Stephanie Egger also received the performance-related award.