Former Bellator Champion Michael Chandler To Make UFC Debut Against Dan Hooker At UFC 257

Former Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler will make his UFC debut at UFC 257, fighting Dan Hooker in a three-round bout. The fight was reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN on Sunday.

The fight joins a pay-per-view lineup scheduled to happen at “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Chandler joined the UFC roster in 2020, concluding a run in Bellator that had dated back to 2010. Chandler was present for UFC 254 in September, weighing in as an alternate for a lightweight fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.

Chandler last competed in August, where he stopped former UFC fighter Benson Henderson in the first round with strikes. The win was Chandler’s 18th in Bellator.

Hooker had a three-fight win streak disrupted in June, as he lost a five-round fight to Dustin Poirier via decision. The scorecard loss for Hooker was awarded “Fight of the Night” afterwards.

Another lightweight fight is currently in place to headline UFC 257, as Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will compete. Here’s the updated lineup.

Bout 13: Dustin Poirier (26-6) vs. Conor McGregor (22-4) (Lightweight)

Bout 12: Jessica Eye (15-8) vs. Joanne Calderwood (14-5) (Flyweight)

Bout 11: Khalil Rountree (8-4) vs. Marcin Prachnio (13-5) (Light Heavyweight)

Bout 10: Marina Rodriguez (12-1-2) vs. Amanda Ribas (10-1) (Strawweight)

Bout 9: Brad Tavares (17-6) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (10-4) (Middleweight)

Bout 8: Ottman Azaitar (13-0) vs. Matt Frevola (8-1-1) (Lightweight)

Bout 7: Shane Burgos (13-2) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (12-1-1) (Featherweight)

Bout 6: Andrew Sanchez (12-5) vs. Andre Muniz (20-4) (Middleweight)

Bout 5: Arman Tsarukyan (15-2) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (12-3) (Lightweight)

Bout 4: Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0) vs. Sergey Morozov (16-3) (Bantamweight)

Bout 3: Amir Albazi (13-1) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-4) (Flyweight)

Bout 2: Tagir Ulanbekov (12-1) vs. Matheus Nicolau (15-2-1) (Flyweight)

Bout 1: Dan Hooker (20-9) vs. Michael Chandler (21-5) (Lightweight)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s