UFC News: Michael Chandler Set For UFC Debut Against Dan Hooker

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It has been a long wait for UFC fans, but if sources close to ESPN are to be believed, then the wait for his first appearance in the octagon could be drawing close. It has been revealed that the former Bellator champion is set to be involved in the co-main event at UFC 257.

The event will be headlined by the long awaited return to the octagon for Conor McGregor as he takes on Dustin Poirier in a rematch. However, one of the most interesting fights on that evening could now centre around Chandler, and how he performs on his first appearance in the UFC.

UFC News: Everything Set For Fight

If the reports are to be believed then the official announcement will not be too far away. It was revealed that Dana White has signed off on the planned fight between Chandler and Dan Hooker. The final details were agreed over the weekend, with both fighters putting pen to paper on the fight. It is certainly something that UFC fans have been waiting to see, as Chandler is revered as being one of the finest fighters to have competed in Bellator.

He joined the UFC in October, but early fights against Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson were never able to be booked. That meant that fans needed to wait longer than expected to see the star, but there will certainly be an awful lot of attention on the co-main event when it is officially announced.

UFC News: Chandler Brings Star Power

It could be considered as one of the most eagerly-anticipated fights in recent years, as there hasn’t been as much interest in a debut for many years. Chandler was dominant throughout his career in Bellator, as he won the Lightweight title on three occasions. He also holds the record for the most submission victories in the lightweight division with Bellator, and he was involved in more fights with the company than any other fighters.

Chandler also holds the record for the most stoppage wins in the lightweight division in Bellator, and also holds the joint record with Patricio Freire for the most wins in the company. However, it will be a different proposition for the lightweight when he steps foot in the octagon for the first time. If the fight is announced, it will be the first time that Chandler has found since beating Benson Henderson by KO at Bellator 243.

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