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We have ourselves a catchweight fight at 195 pounds, as Kyle Daukaus takes on Jamie Pickett. Having seen two consecutive fights scrapped due to opponents pulling out, Daukaus wasn’t about to let a third one slip away. Accepting a catchweight fight against a short notice foe, Daukaus will seek to his “first” win since 2020. Meanwhile, Pickett steps into his biggest fight to date on short notice. A winner of two straight, Pickett will seek to keep the momentum going in his first ever co-main event slot.
As for a prediction, I have Daukaus winning. While it’s valiant that Pickett is stepping up to the plate, he’s got a very limited skillset. Not really strong in any one area, Pickett relies on his jab and strength to smother and takedown foes. With an 80 inch reach, Pickett should in essence, utilize it more. However, he lacks output and the ability to be technical. Daukaus though, isn’t much of a striker, but he does offer volume. Where his strength lies is in his constant pressure, wrestling and grappling. If Daukaus can get the fight to the mat, he’s dangerous. Whether it’s ground-and-pound or submissions, Daukaus is always working for a finish. Something in which I believe he will get, as Pickett’s chin and takedown defense are iffy. In the end, I believe Daukaus gets it done via submission.