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Dan Hooker says he is going to break Michael Chandler in ‘Five Minutes’

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Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler is all set to fight top lightweight contender Dan Hooker in the co-main event of UFC 257 fight card.

UFC 257 fight card is one of the most anticipated fight cards of the year being headlined by former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor and former interim champion Dustin Poirier.

This fight will be the UFC debut of Michael Chandler who is finally making his UFC debut against a tough opponent like Dan Hooker. When UFC signed Michael Chandler, there was a lot of hype surrounding him and he did talk a good game promoting himself and he served as a backup for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje fight which took place at UFC 254.

Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler was also being promoted heavily by the UFC and he wanted to take on the likes of Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Chandler himself wasn’t interested in fighting Hooker.

Speaking to SCMP, Dan Hooker stated that UFC wants to hype Chandler and promote him to a title shot, but he isn’t going to let it happen.

I think they just wanted to get him to a title shot as quickly as possible,” Hooker told SCMP MMA. “Anyone that’s been following the sport for a good amount of time knows that danger lies in time. Father time in this sport is not your friend. They want him to come in and look like the man, you know? So if he comes in and he whitewashes a top 5, top 4, top 3 opponent, then people will start going, ‘Title shot, title shot, title shot,’

Because like 95 percent of people that watch it are lazy. They’ll only watch the highlight reel in the buildup to the fight so they’ll be like, ‘Whoa, he’s a former champ in another organization? He came in and beat a top 5. Now he’s fighting for a title!’ They’re not gonna actually go back and watch his fights. There’s like 5 percent of people that really study the sport and really watch the sport and really research the sport.

Dan Hooker plans on breaking Michael Chandler

Dan Hooker also stated that the UFC quickly trying to match Chandler up with a top 5 fighter instead giving him the opportunity to develop is going to work against the newly signed UFC fighter.

The danger lies in getting to the top 5,” Dan Hooker continued. “If you were to put him against anyone else who’s come up in the UFC, like top 50, then a top 30, then a top 20, then a top 15-10… then his chances of losing skyrocket exponentially. So the quicker they can get him to a title, the quicker they could market and sell him. To me, you’re gonna give me the new toy? I’m gonna break the new toy real quick. They invested a whole lot of money to get this guy out of his contract and get him over to the UFC and they’re gonna throw him in with me who’s like a bad stylistic matchup and I’m gonna break the toy in five minutes. It’s like, yeah… I can’t say I feel sorry for them (laughs).”

Who do you guys think wins at UFC 257? Michael Chandler or Dan Hooker?

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