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We have a clash in the Featherweight division, as Chase “The Dream” Hooper takes on Felipe “Cabocao” Colares. Having had a hard time finding consistency since joining the UFC in 2019, Hooper will look to rebound from a recent defeat to Steven Peterson. Showing off improved striking, Hooper will need to continue that growth in order to right the ship. Meanwhile, Colares is coming off a split decision loss to Chris Gutierrez. A loss that continued a pattern of wins and losses for the past six fights. Seeking to end that narrative, Colares will need to bounce back here first.
As for a prediction, I have Colares winning. Debuting in the UFC at 20 years old, Hooper has done as well he can. Leaning on his grappling abilities, he has won two of his four fights. However, when his grappling abilities have been met with resistance, he has largely been forced to strike. An area where he isn’t polished and has largely been vulnerable. While Colares isn’t an expert on the feet, he isn’t afraid to trade. Having an excellent ground game at his disposal, Colares has often tended to lean on getting the fight to the mat. However, in this fight, I don’t see that as necessary. With heavy leg kicks and a willingness to push forward, Colares has the necessary tools to take out Hooper. Something which I believe happens, as I predict Colares to win via TKO.