Chase Hooper has been developing up right before our eyes.

The first time he got here onto the UFC’s radar become his superb win on season of Dana White’s Contender Series. At simply 18 years old, “The Dream” stuck Dana White’s interest and become presented a developmental contract.

That intended that Hooper obtained UFC help whilst nevertheless gaining enjoy at the nearby scene and once you have 4 greater fights beneathneath his belt, Hooper made his UFC debut at the UFC 245 card in December 2019. That week, Hooper had his “Welcome to the UFC” moment.

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“The coolest thing for me was literally one of those welcome to the UFC moments. It was the ceremonial weigh-ins at UFC 245 and Dana White shook my hand and said, “Hey, welcome to the big show, kid” and it was like ‘Yeah, that’s what I’m doing right now,’” Hooper told UFC.com. “Then the famous locker room speeches where he motivates you to put on a good show. It was definitely the coolest moment of my career so far.”

White’s speech must hit home because Hooper would go on to defeat Daniel Teymur by TKO in the first round. The win solidified that Hooper wasn’t just a feel-good story and that he deserved to be competing at MMA’s highest level.

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