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

UFC 257: Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker Picks, Odds and Predictions Photo by Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler

Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 PM EST (Fight Island Abu Dhabi)

Hooker -145 / Chandler +115 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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Michael “The Iron” Chandler and Dan “The Hangman” Hooker are the co-main event at UFC 257 on Saturday, January 23, 2021 on PPV.

In this lightweight (155lb) bout, we have Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker. Chandler is fighting out of High Ridge, Missouri. Chandler won his last two fights against Benson Henderson and Sidney Outlaw. He is entering this bout as a +115 underdog. He has a professional MMA record of 22-5-0. Chandler has 9 wins by KO/TKO (43%), 7 submissions (33%), and 5 decisions (24%). 

Hooker is entering this fight as a -145 favorite. He is fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand. His professional MMA record is 20-9-0. In Hooker’s last bout, he lost to Dustin Poirier via decision. Prior to the Poirier fight, Hooker was on a three-fight win streak. Hooker has 10 wins via KO/TKO (50%), 7 submissions (35%), and 3 decisions (15%).  

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Hooker has notable wins over Paul Felder, Al Laquinta, James Vick, Gilbert Burns and Jim Miller. He’s known for his stand-up game and durability. On the other hand, Chandler was an NCAA Division I- All American in 2009 at the University of Missouri. Before he signed to the UFC in September 2020, Chandler had quite the career in Bellator. He was a three-time Bellator lightweight champion and was the winner of Bellator’s season four lightweight tournament. Even though Chandler hasn’t fought the same level opponents as Hooker, you can’t underestimate him. If this fight remains on the feet, Hooker will win. Chandler’s clearest path to victory is getting this fight to the ground. If he does this successfully, he will win. My pick is...

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Payne’s Pick Michael Chandler ML +115

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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