According to Dana White chairman, although not officially, but UFC has been planning the battle between Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler at “Island duel” (Fight Island) in a few weeks.
Earlier this year, the UFC planned to hold three major events with well-known punches. However, due to the complicated situation of Covid-19, the events have not been able to close enough battles and the organizers are urgently contacting the boxers to “tie up”.
Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira were a pair that was intended to add to those events, but Charles was unable to squeeze the weight into the allotted time frame. Dana White immediately mentioned Dan Hooker.
Battle of Dan Hooker vs. Dan Hooker Michael Chandler was once again confirmed
White did not specify which event to arrange this matchup, but it is highly likely that it will become a Co-Main Event with Dusin Poirier vs. Dusin. Conor McGregor 2 at UFC 257. Before that, Dan Hooker also sent a challenge invitation to Michael Chandler. Just received the defeat against Dustin Poirier at the end of June last year, Dan wants to regain his form with a victory over rookie veteran from Bellator.
Speaking of Michael Chandler, though he just entered the UFC late last year at UFC 254 as the backup for Khabib vs. Gaethje, you are quickly expected to become one of the brightest contenders for the light championship belt.
Chandler defeated Benson Henderson at Bellator 243
Chandler has won the Bellator light championship title three times and his most recent victories have been beautiful, decisive KOs, knocking out opponents in the first half. Both are punches with a beautiful attack, the pair Chandler and Hooker hope to bring the audience intense and satisfying matches in the near future.
Michael Chandler agrees to broadcast Dan Hooker at UFC 257
It is expected that UFC will make an official announcement in the next few days about adding the match to the breakfast event on January 24 next year. If officially happens, the match Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker will increase the attractiveness of UFC 257 next to the leading match Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier.
Having joined the UFC since October, former light king Michael Chandler has not been able to find a competitor to launch the tournament since the reserve match for Khabib vs. Match Gaethje at UFC 254.
For this reason, Dan Hooker proactively sent an invitation to Chandler, an Australian boxer hoping to score points with a win, since his defeat against Dustin Poirier last June.