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UFC 257: Dan Hooker welcomes former Bellator champion Michael Chandler

All eyes on "Iron's" debut against "The Hangman"

New Zealand’s No.6 lightweight Dan Hooker (20-9-0) will welcome American and former Bellator champion Michael Chandler (21-5-0) at UFC 257.

The UFC confirmed the matchup Tuesday.

Hooker, 30, is coming of an exciting decision loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC on ESPN 12 last summer. He has won three of his last four bouts.

https://twitter.com/danthehangman/status/1346562469607608320?s=20

Chandler, 34, has a two fight win streak going, finishing Benson Henderson in hist last bout at Bellator 243 last August. The former three-time Bellator lightweight champion is known for his exciting style and his memorable clash with Eddie Alvarez.

https://twitter.com/MikeChandlerMMA/status/1346829852440199169?s=20

UFC 257 is scheduled for Jan. 23 at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi (Fight Island). Current bouts include:

DUSTIN POIRIER (26-6-0, 1NC) VS. CONOR MCGREGOR (22-4-0)

DAN HOOKER (20-9-0) VS. MICHAEL CHANDLER (21-5-0)

JESSICA EYE (15-8-0, 1NC) VS. JOANNE CALDERWOOD (14-5-0)

KHALIL ROUNTREE JR. (8-4-0, 1NC) VS. MARCIN PRACHNIO (13-5-0)

MARINA RODRIGUEZ (12-1-0) VS. AMANDA RIBAS (10-1-0)

BRAD TAVARES (17-6-0) VS. ANTONIO CARLOS JR. (10-4-0, 1NC)

MATT FREVOLA (8-1-1) VS. OTTMAN AZAITAR (13-0-0)

SHANE BURGOS (13-2-0) VS. HAKEEM DAWODU (12-1-1)

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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