UFC 257: Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler Picks and Predictions

UFC 257: Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler Picks and Predictions Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker

Saturday, January 23rd at 10:00 PM ET

The Line: -- Dan Hooker -130 / Michael Chandler +110 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler face off on Saturday in a lightweight battle for the co-main event of UFC 257 at Yas Island. 

Dan”The Hangman” Hooker overall has a 20-9 record and coming into this fight he has won three of the last four. The one loss during that stretch came in his last fight against Dustin Poirier, a fight he was actually pretty competitive in, but he still lost by unanimous decision. Each of Hooker’s last two wins came by decision. Hooker during his career is averaging 4.98 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.89 significant strikes per minute. Hooker is averaging 0.74 takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 34 percent of his attempts. Hooker also does a good job of keeping the fight on the feet if he wants it that way, stopping 79 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. Hooker also averages 0.3 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

On the other side of this matchup is Michael Chandler who many believe could be an instant title contender in the UFC. . Overall Chandler has a 21-5 record and this is a guy who was a former title winner in the Belator. Chandler’s last fight came against Benson Henderson and only 2:09 into the first round, Chandler was able to win the fight by knockout. Even though stepping up into the UFC is no doubt going to be a challenge, this is still a very talented fighter, and we should know very quickly if he is a contender in this fight. 

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Chandler is someone that has been tested, but this is still a big step up in competition and I think there are going to be some jitters for him in this game. Hooker is going to take advantage of Chandler’s nerves early and take control of the fight. Back Hooker to get the job done at a nice price. 

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Shane’s Pick Dan Hooker -130

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