Chris Daukaus jokes that his job as a full-time police officer is more difficult than Stipe Miocic’s as a firefighter

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Chris Daukaus is proud to call himself a UFC heavyweight and a Philadelphia police officer, but at some point in the future he realizes that one of those professions will likely have to go.

For much of the past decade, Daukaus has provided for his family as a police officer while steadily rising through the ranks of the regional combat scene pursuing a second career in mixed martial arts. When the call came just over a year ago to join the UFC roster, Daukaus was incredibly excited but also knew his life was likely to change forever.

Now three fights in his UFC career, Daukaus is undefeated with three first round wins to his name. He will look for his biggest win yet this weekend when he takes on veteran heavyweight Shamil Abdurakhimov with a chance to make a big leap forward in the standings.

Through it all, Daukaus made waves in the UFC while keeping full-time hours in his compound in Philadelphia. Despite the long hours and grueling schedule, Daukaus still thrives in both jobs, but acknowledges it likely won’t last forever.

“I guess it just depends on how I’m feeling with everything that’s going on, if I have the right balance,” Daukaus told MMA Fighting, “If I want to take time away from being a cop I ‘have enough time where I can do this. It’s just how I feel during training camps.

“If I feel that the opponent needs more time and I don’t have that time to work on my other career, then of course I will. But for now, it’s business as usual. Hopefully after this fight I’ll turn 10 and get my pension and can leave when I decide I’m tired of the police department.

It may seem easy for Daukaus to just give up being a cop in order to pursue his dream of becoming UFC heavyweight champion, but police work is something in his blood.

“My dad is a sergeant in the Philadelphia SWAT unit, so it’s a big deal,” Daukaus said. “It’s definitely more than a way of life. It’s a way of life for a lot of people in my life, but everyone is super excited to see how it goes and how well I’m doing in the UFC.

“Some people – my wife – would really like me to focus on one job and one career. This will be the determining factor. We’ll see how busier I am with the UFC and doing promotions or if I have to go out anywhere and then try to keep up with the whole work schedule.

During his first year as a UFC fighter, Daukaus always managed to find a good balance between his family, his training and his service to the public as a police officer, and it is largely thanks to a routine that he started recycling after making his professional debut. in 2013.

That’s a big part of why Daukaus hasn’t really faced a hard time while working full time and staying very active as a UFC roster.

“My job is crime-focused, so I spend most of the time working nights,” Daukaus said. “That’s when the statistics and everything prove that the greatest number of crimes occur. So in general I do two weeks of night work, one week of day work. I usually work from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

“So how the fight camp will work is when I’m not at work, I’m at the gym. If I am [on] night shift, I’m going to do all my workouts earlier in the morning, earlier in the day, come home and hang out with the family, then go straight to work. This is exactly what I have been doing for 10 years. So it’s a bit normal now.

It’s rare for a fighter at this level to still keep a full-time job, but it can be done.

Former UFC Champion Stipe Miocic defied the odds not only becoming arguably the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport, but also doing so while retaining his job as a firefighter in his hometown of Cleveland. .

Of course, thanks to a friendly rivalry between police and firefighters, Daukaus can’t help but steal the time Miocic needs in his job from what Daukaus does on a daily basis.

“I don’t want to hit Stipe but the fire department really isn’t doing anything,” Daukaus joked. “They sort of just sit there and wait for a fire to start. He can do it whenever he wants. Sorry, Stipe.

“The firefighters don’t do anything all day, sit and cook a barbecue and drag and lift weights.”

All kidding aside, Daukaus won’t guarantee that he will ever give up his job to fully focus on the UFC, but he’s also taking every fight for fight for now with his dual career.

Ultimately, Daukaus wants nothing more than to hoist the UFC title over his head and celebrate his league title – and he will do whatever it takes to make it happen.

“If you had asked me how my UFC [career] would play or my wildest dreams for the UFC, that wouldn’t be one of them, ”Daukaus said. “There’s no UFC career plan or timeline. I’m making the most of it. I go there, I finish the fights. I’m talking about myself. I do some exciting fights, fights that the fans want to see. Why do people tune into heavyweight fights? They want to see big knockouts and finishes and that’s what I’m trying to give people.

“If this makes me more popular with everyone, great, and if it fills my pockets even more and helps me achieve the ultimate goal of the belt, then I totally agree.”

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