Chase Hooper
The Teenage Dream

USA

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.
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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.
Falls for first time in pro career
FeatherweightUFC
June 6, 2020
Hooper lost to Alex Caceres via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The UFC rolled the dice by pushing the 20-year-old Hooper in a big spot against a legitimate opponent and paid for it. Hooper barely got by Daniel Teymur in his UFC debut last December. He wasn't as fortunate Saturday. He was hopelessly outclassed on the feet by the veteran Caceres and was unable to generate any consistent offense throughout the course of the bout. Any casual MMA fan could watch Hooper fight for two minutes and see he's nowhere near a finished product. The UFC would be wise to let Hooper develop on the regional circuit considering they own his rights. There's legitimate potential here and the UFC cannot allow this to develop to turn into another Sage Northcutt or Paige VanZant situation.
Scheduled for UFC 250
FeatherweightUFC
May 22, 2020
Hooper will square off against Alex Caceres in a featherweight matchup at UFC 250 on June 6, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hooper possesses a 9-0-1 career professional record but has just one fight under his belt as part of the UFC promotion, a first-round TKO of Daniely Teymur at UFC 245 back in December. Despite that ending, Hooper has displayed a willingness to attack in numerous ways as he rose up the ranks, collecting four submissions to go along with three KO/TKOs and two decisions of his nine professional victories. He landed a takedown and two submissions in addition to landing 20 significant strikes in an overwhelming victory for his debut but has a slight upgrade in opponent ahead on the schedule in the veteran Caceres. Hooper carries a three-inch height and one-inch reach advantage into the bout.
Scores tough win in UFC debut
FeatherweightUFC
December 14, 2019
Hooper defeated Daniel Teymur via TKO (punches) at 4:34 of Round 1 at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was not the rout that the end result would lead you to believe. Making his UFC debut, the 20-year-old Hooper had to survive a very deep submission attempt and several big strikes from Teymur in order to emerge victorious. Hooper's long-term potential is obvious. He's young, massive (6-foot-1) for the featherweight division, and excels at using his long limbs to clamp on submission attempts. He looked very comfortable on the mat and considerably less comfortable on the feet. Hooper is so young that it doesn't really matter if he wins or loses his fights for the next few years. As long as he continues to improve each and every time he fights, Hooper will be headed in the right direction. To give you an idea of how young Hooper truly is, he was born one month after the release of the hit movie "The Sixth Sense".
Set to debut at 245
FeatherweightUFC
November 4, 2019
Hooper is set to fight Daniel Teymur at UFC 245, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Currently No. 11 of 403 active US West Featherweights (according to FightMatrix), "The Teenage Dream" is set to make his initial jump to the UFC roster following a decision victory in Dana White's Contender Series. Since the victory, Hooper has tacked two more on in various promotions Titan FC and Island Fights.