Chase Hooper
The Teenage Dream

USA

Drops decision at UFC 263
FeatherweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Hooper lost to Steven Peterson via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
Hooper is going to get a pass for this fight because he was taking on an opponent who missed weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday morning, but it was another poor effort from the 21-year-old. Hooper's physical skills are evident every time he steps into the octagon, but he also makes plenty of the routine mistakes you expect from such a young kid with all of about a dozen pro fights under his belt. Hooper hasn't fought as well as his 2-2 record with the UFC would lead you to believe. The good news is there is plenty of time for Hooper to improve on his overall game. All that matters at this point is that he remains healthy and gets continued reps inside the octagon.
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Taking on heavy opponent
FeatherweightUFC
June 11, 2021
Hooper will be squaring off with a heavy Steven Peterson, who came in 2.5 pounds over the featherweight limit, at UFC 263 on Saturday, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hooper will take home 20 percent of Peterson's share of the purse as a result, giving him a bonus payday to keep the fight going as planned. He's a slight underdog in most places (+100), but the odds have this fight billed as the closest on the books Saturday.
June 12 bout set
FeatherweightUFC
April 26, 2021
Hooper will take on Steven Peterson in a featherweight bout at the UFC event on June 12, Cole Shelton of CBC Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Hooper will be making his first start since defeating Peter Barrett via submission back in mid-December. He was able to bounce back after suffering his first professional loss back in June to Alex Caceres. His upcoming opponent Steven Peterson will be making his first appearance in the Octagon since 2019.
Avoid upset at UFC 256
FeatherweightUFC
December 12, 2020
Hooper defeated Peter Barrett via submission (heel hook) at 3:02 of Round 3 at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Hooper emerged with the victory he came for, but this was another lousy performance from the youngster. Hopelessly outclassed on the feet and either unable or unwilling to check a leg kick, Hooper was on the defensive for nearly the entirety of the bout. The finish came when Hooper dove for Barrett's leg and worked for the heel hook that eventually caused the stoppage. It's difficult to get on Hooper because he's just 21 years old, but its quite clear he would be better served gaining experience on the regional circuit. There's potential here, but Hooper is essentially a one-dimensional submission specialist at this point in his young career.
Targeted for UFC 256
FeatherweightUFC
October 25, 2020
Hooper (thumb) is being targeted to fight Peter Barrett (ribs) in a featherweight matchup at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hooper made his third appearance in the Octagon in June as he lost to Alex Caceres via unanimous decision at UFC 250. He suffered a right thumb injury during the fight that resulted in a six-month suspension. However, he'll return in December as he seeks the 10th win of his professional career. Barrett also suffered an injury during his most recent fight when he lost to Youssef Zalal via unanimous decision in August. He'll return slightly earlier than expected after serving a medical suspension as well. Hooper has an edge in both height and reach.
Could be sidelined until December
FeatherweightUFC
June 10, 2020
Hooper has been suspended a possible six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of a right thumb injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Not only did Hooper get exposed by a much more experienced fighter at UFC 250, but the featherweight prospect will also come away with an injury that risks sidelining him until December. Hooper's path to victory in this one was to get a takedown and take the fight to the mat, so it's reasonable to think the thumb injury played a part in his inability to do so.