Chase Hooper is consciously pacing his ascent to the top tier of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division. The fighter is known for his cautious approach to his professional career, intending to stay in the competition long term. Hooper made his promotional debut in 2019 as a previously undefeated prospect with a 10-0-1 record. His career started on a high note with a first-round victory over Daniel Teymur; however, he has since experienced varied successes due to facing more formidable opponents.
Now with a UFC record of 4-3 and following his recent decision victory over Nick Fiore in May, Hooper is preparing for his match against Jordan Leavitt, an 11-2 record holder. The fight will take place at UFC Fight Night 232, held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Reflecting on his career thus far, the 24-year-old, a native of Enumclaw, Washington, sheds light on his strategy of ensuring a lengthy career. He recognises the necessity of a slow and steady rise and credits this method for enhancing his career duration.
Despite his relatively brief professional career, Hooper has already faced seasoned fighters, like Alex Caceres. In his interview on UFC.com, Hooper said, “At 155 [pounds], I’m in the same weight class as seasoned fighters like Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson – fighters who’ve got 20-30 fights under their belts at the highest level. I prefer fighting those with an experience level similar to mine.” Hooper asserts his deliberate decision to progress steadily, aiming to participate in another 15 fights within the UFC. The UFC Fight Night 232 main event will feature a middleweight standoff between Brendan Allen and ex-light heavyweight contender Paul Craig.