Mere days after picking up another win in his quick climb up the heavyweight division, Chris Daukaus could get a huge matchup – and his first in a UFC main event. The promotion is reportedly looking to match him against former title challenger Derrick Lewis for December 18th, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
While the fight hasn’t been finalized, the matchup is reportedly currently being discussed. Should it be confirmed, it would join a card that doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Daukaus has been on a roll since joining the UFC roster last year. He gained a reputation for finishing fights, having earned four stoppage wins in the promotion due to punches. He escaped the first round for the first time at UFC 266 last week, finishing Shamil Abdurakhimov in the second round of action.
Daukaus has yet to compete in a main event bout since joining the UFC.
Lewis is a big step-up in competition for Dauakus. He has been fighting at a high level of the division in recent years.
Lewis is taking this matchup after losing an interim title fight to Ciryl Gane in August. Before then, he had a four-fight winning streak that included main event finish wins over Aleksei Oleinik and Curtis Blaydes.
While not confirmed, here is how the heavyweight pairing looks with the other bouts that have been reported thus far.
Bout 6: Derrick Lewis (25-8) vs. Chris Daukaus (12-3) (Heavyweight)
Bout 5: Nina Nunes (10-7) vs. Amanda Lemos (10-1-1) (Strawweight)
Bout 4: Anthony Hernandez (8-2) vs. Dustin Stoltzfus (13-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Don’Tale Mayes (8-4) vs. Josh Parisian (14-4) (Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Raphael Assuncao (27-8) vs. Ricky Simon (18-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Gerald Meerschaert (33-14) vs. Abusupiyan Magomedov (24-4-1) (Middleweight)