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UFC 257: Dan Hooker vows to break UFC’s ‘new toy’ Michael Chandler ... in five minutes

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Dan Hooker will welcome former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion, Michael Chandler, to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon when the two men collide in the co-main event of UFC 257 on Jan. 23, 2021, on “Fight Island.”

For Hooker, passing on the chance to upset a man who is likely already in title contention was something he was not willing to do since it would allow him the opportunity to sneak himself back into the championship mix.

And he is more than happy to break the promotion’s “new toy” while he’s at it.

“The danger lies in getting to the Top 5,” Hooker said during a recent interview with MMA Fighting. “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 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.

“So to me, you’re gonna give me the new toy?” he continued. “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 UFC and they’re gonna throw him in with me who’s like a bad stylistic match up and I’m gonna break the toy in five minutes. I can’t say I feel sorry for them (laughs).”

Hooker is 3-1 in his last four fights inside the Octagon and was last seen losing to Dustin Poirier in a “Fight of the Year” candidate in June 2020. Currently ranked No. 6 in UFC’s official rankings, “The Hangman” could upset the balance of the division while inserting himself in the title picture.

Chandler, meanwhile, is coming in with two straight wins, winning five of his last six fights for Bellator before jumping ship. Anyone think he’ll be in for a rude awakening against Hooker?