Chase Hooper Posts Emotional Tweet After UFC 263 Loss

Published 06/12/2021, 10:20 PM EDT


Chase Hooper lost a decision to Steven Peterson in the early prelims of the UFC 263 pay-per-view. ‘The Dream’ has now lost 2 out of his last 3 fights in the organization. This leaves his UFC career, which started with him being one of the top prospects of the division, in jeopardy.

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His UFC record stands at 2-2 now. Finishes over Daniel Teymur and Peter Barrett have been equaled by losses to Alex Caceres and Steven Peterson. This is not how the once highly touted prospect would have wanted his early UFC career to turn out.

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Chase Hooper pens a touching message

Immediately after his setback on the undercard of Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori 2, Hooper took to social media to post an emotional message.

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He wrote, “I’ve always compared fighting to jumping off a cliff. You’re slowly walking your way towards the edge not knowing fully what to expect when you make that leap. It’s one of the scariest and most vulnerable experiences you can be a part of. You and another man are literally showing everything you’re made of in front of your family, friends, and the world in the most primitive and real way possible.” 

Say what you will, but I always give it my all and leave every thing in the cage. Never will I make any excuses and never will I apologize. I did some things well, but not well enough. I made some improvements, but not enough. Time is on my side, but that’s no excuse. I just need to continue to grind in and out of the gym and make the changes necessary to continue to develop and improve myself as a fighter.” he added.

Hooper has no apologies or excuses following UFC 263

Despite suffering a morale-deflating defeat, he remained positive and thankful for his career as a professional fighter.

At the end of the day, I get to go in there and do what so many people can only dream of and I’m able to support myself and have a life that I’ve didn’t even know was possible for myself. The split side of that is that the mistakes and missteps I make are broadcast to the world and my worth is analyzed by some based only on 15 minute sections of my life,” wrote Hooper.

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No apologies, no excuses. Thanks to everybody for the support, especially my beautiful fiancée that puts up with this crazy life, and the guys who are with me in the trenches everyday and who are in my corner no matter what,” Hooper concluded.

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Certainly, there is a lot more to come for ‘The Dream’ in the promotion. How the UFC matches him up next, remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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