UFC 257: Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker preview and prediction

UFC lightweights Michael Chandler and Dan Hooker look to square off at UFC 257 in what should be an exciting matchup.

Recent UFC signee and former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler will face Dan Hooker on Jan. 23 at UFC 257 as the co-main event to Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier.

Hooker is coming off a 2020 that saw him post two straight Fight of the Night performances. One being a split decision win over Paul Felder in February, and the most recent being a unanimous decision loss to Dustin Poirier in June. In 2020, Hooker showed the world that he has the heart to trade hands with anyone, and the gas tank to push the pace on his opponent.

Chandler is a former three-time Bellator lightweight champion with fight-ending knockout power, and wrestling ability good enough to take down almost anyone in the lightweight division. Chandler is no stranger to wars himself and his toughness is proven by his brawls with former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. With wins over former UFC world champions Alvarez and Benson Henderson and three Bellator world championships to his own name, Chandler has certainly proven that he has what it takes to be a winner at the highest level of the sport.

Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker promises to be a barnburner

If this contest is anything like Hooker’s last two fights then it will be action-packed and fun to watch. However, this style of a fight could end quickly with the power that Chandler possesses. Look for Hooker to use his six-inch reach advantage and stiff jab to stay out of range of Chandler and his punching power. On the other side, look for Chandler to get close and aim bombs at Hooker. After seeing Hooker’s last two fights, it is hard to imagine anyone knocking him out. If things go awry for Chandler in the stand-up, he may try to use his wrestling pedigree to control the fight. With all things considered, Chandler’s wrestling ability seems to be the difference-maker in this fight.

Official prediction: Michael Chandler via decision.

UFC 257 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, live from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Tue, 05 Jan 2021 18:34:47 +0000

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