DAN HOOKER VS MICHAEL CHANLDER LOCKED IN FOR UFC 257

Jackson Thomas

Not the Scope scoop...

Dan Hooker is set to make his octagon return against highly-touted UFC newcomer Michael Chandler, at UFC 257 in January, YKTR understands.

Both camps have agreed to the fight, both Chandler and Hooker are in training and a formal announcement was expected in the coming days.

It's potentially huge for the Kiwi.

257 is an event headlined by Irish superstar Conor McGregor, and essentially sets up a four-man lightweight tournament.

It's a potential pathway to the biggest fight in the sport for Hooker, should he manage to get past Chandler and the heavily favoured McGregor also wins.

Khabib dipped out earlier this year, leaving the stacked lightweight division without a champion.

McGregor has made clear his intentions to reclaim the belt he once held, but he could well have the rangy Kiwi standing in his way before 2021 is out.

Before all that however, Hooker has to get past Chandler - no small task.

Chandler (21-5 MMA) is a former three-time Bellator champion who joined the UFC this year and was immediately given prominent positioning from the company, named in a backup role for October’s title fight between Justin Gaethje and Nurmagomedov.

There was plenty of speculation around whom he would face in his UFC debut, sources confirming this week the Hooker fight is locked in.

Being on such a big event, and fighting in the same weight division, also presents an opportunity for either Hooker or Chandler to step in and fight in the main event, should someone miss weight or be forced out through illnesses.

McGregor is the biggest name in the sport, and holds virtually all the PPV records.

When he fights, people tune in –  another golden opportunity for ANZ MMA if Hooker is able to show out like we know he can.

Proper fizzing!

The Kiwi has a 20-9 professional record, and is looking to become City Kickboxing’s third UFC champion in 2021.



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