UFC 263 Prelims: Chase Hooper vs Steven Peterson: Prediction and Analysis

Chase Hooper and Steven Peterson will clash in a featherweight clash this weekend at UFC 263. The fight is due to take place in the early prelims of the event. Both fighters are alumni of the Dana White’s Contender Series show. They are coming in this contest on the back of a win. So, either man will look to move higher up the division’s ranking with yet another triumph.

‘The Teenage Dream’ has a professional record of 10-1. A decision loss to Alex Caceres at UFC 250 has been the only loss of his professional career so far. He finished Daniel Teymur in his debut UFC fight. Hooper earned a heel-hook submission win in his last contest against Peter Barrett.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Chase Hooper and Peter Barrett face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

31-year-old Peterson has a professional record of 18-9. He knocked out Martin Bravo with a spectacular spinning back fist in his last fight in 2019, bringing an end to his 2-fight skid. The Fortis MMA fighter will be determined to make a triumphant return to the Octagon.

Hooper has 8 finishes under his belt. 3 T/KO and 5 submissions rack up those numbers for him. ‘Ocho’ has finished 13 of his fights inside the Octagon. 5 T/KO and 8 submissions make up the list for him.

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Chase Hooper vs Steven Peterson: Analysis

Hooper has a long and rangy style. Also, he has fantastic ground game. Peterson, historically, is not fluent against fighters of Hooper’s style. That might play a factor in the fight.

Also, Peterson doesn’t possess the necessary knockout power to trouble his opponents on the feet. So, Hooper might be able to take the fight to the ground.

One can expect a dominant performance from Hooper on the ground. He is also a very bright prospect. With yet another win, he might elevate his status even further. Hooper gets it done by decision- that’s our prediction for this fight.

Final Prediction: Chase Hooper by decision.

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