UFC 257 Betting Prediction: Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler

UFC 257 will be one for the history books. Before you check out the return of Conor McGregor, there is a co-main event that deserves your attention. This bout will feature lightweights Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler.

Date:Sat, Jan 23, 9:00 PM

Venue:Etihad Arena

Watch on:PPV

The Fighters

Dan Hooker (20-9-0)

Hooker is nearing the top five in the division, coming in ranked sixth and looking to climb. His most recent fight was a unanimous decision loss to Dustin Poirier, so he was able to test the waters against one of the best in the lightweight division and hold his own.

His fighting resume shows that he has 10 wins by knockout, seven by submission, and three by decision. He also has 12 first round finishes with a combined effort of knockouts and submissions.

“The Hangman” has a striking accuracy at 48 percent and a grappling accuracy at 34 percent. He lands 4.98 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 4.89. This ratio does not allow much room for error, so he will need to improve on this.

Hooker has a takedown defense at 79 percent and a significant strike defense at 52 percent. He also averages 0.74 takedowns and 0.30 submissions every 15 minutes.

Michael Chandler (21-5-0)

Chandler will be making his UFC debut and looks to impress early on. Chandler has spent a majority of his professional career with Bellator and has made the business move to join the UFC.

His fighting resume shows that he has nine wins by knockout, seven by submission, and five by decision. He also has 12 first round finishes with a combination of knockouts and submissions.

“Iron” has been intrigued at what the UFC has offered for some time now, claiming that the lightweight division is one of the best in all of the promotions. He now has an opportunity to add himself to that list and climb to the top.

Still, with his background mainly in Bellator, he will be competing against the top tier of select fighters in the UFC. This fight will arguably be one of the most important ones in his career.

Odds For This Event

The market has given Chandler a lot of credit since his time in Bellator. For the moneyline, BookMaker has the odds currently placed at:

Hooker: -120

Chandler: -110

*odds are subject to changes

Free Betting Pick

Without even having a weaker opponent to enter the UFC, Chandler gets a very established Hooker to test the waters. If Chandler can defeat Hooker, this opens the door to many possibilities.

However, Hooker is no slouch and went a full fight with Dustin Poirier who is the second ranked fighter in the division. Not only that, but that fight was a total war as the two exchanged a lot of strikes.

Overall, Chandler is a three time lightweight champion in his time with Bellator. He also has a very strong wrestling background that will make the difference in this fight.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Chandler wins via decision, at -110

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