Brendan Allen vs Kyle Daukaus
Brendan Allen (-300) (14-3-0)
Allen comes in to this fight at 2-0 in his brief UFC career. He started out by submitting Kevin Holland last October and followed that up by knocking out Tom Breese earlier this year. He’s an excellent grappler with good size and strength for the middleweight division. He’ll be looking for another quick finish over Daukaus with his hopes already set on rebooking his original opponent Ian Heinisch. If Allen is in fact able to pick up a couple more wins in 2020, he could see a number added next to his name rather quickly.
Kyle Daukaus (+240) (9-0-0)
The undefeated Daukaus will be entering the UFC octagon for the first time in his career. He did win a decision on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series but he was not awarded a contract for his efforts. He’s a tall, rangy middleweight as well, however he’ll be more eager to get it on the ground with eight of his nine wins coming via submission. Brendan Allen will be his toughest test to date and he’ll need to put together an impressive performance to begin his UFC career with a win.
Prediction: Brendan Allen via 1st Round KO/TKO
Allen is a well-rounded fighter who has faced tougher competition so far in his career. He already has wins over Kevin Holland and Tom Breese in the UFC and he’s also fought guys like Eryk Anders on his way to the Octagon. Daukaus’s undefeated record is a bit misleading as he was actually just 5-4 as an amateur. His one path to victory in this matchup is getting it to the ground and I don’t think he’ll have the strength or ability to get Allen down. Even if they do end up grappling, Allen is no slouch on the ground and should be able to handle himself just fine. As is the case with two strong grapplers, the fight often ends up on the feet and I expect no different here. Allen picks him apart on the feet and adds another early finish to his resume.