Dan Hooker Trolls Michael Chandler With F.R.I.E.N.D.S TV Show Reference Ahead of UFC 257 Fight

Published 01/08/2021, 11:24 AM EST
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 28: Dan Hooker of New Zealand celebrates after winning the UFC Featherweight bout between Dan Hooker of New Zealand and Ian Entwistle of England on June 28, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Dan Hooker will welcome Michael Chandler for the latter’s UFC debut at UFC 257, on January 23rd. The lightweight duo will share the co-main event spot of the first pay-per-view of 2021.

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Ahead of this enticing clash, ‘The Hangman’ took to Instagram and added a post trolling the former Bellator MMA champion.

Hooker took the reference to the famous sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S and suggested he will fight Matthew Perry at UFC 257. Perry famously played the role of Chandler Bing in the TV-series classic.

Chandler Bing has always been one of the most fan-favorite characters. Jokes apart, Hooker will have his hands full at UFC 257, as he faces a versatile fighter in Chandler.

Chandler will have a chip on his shoulder to prove he is UFC standard too. Many have suggested the high-profile superstar have the same fate in the UFC as that of Ben Askren. Askren’s UFC career was a disaster compared to his previous undefeated accolades.

SAITAMA, JAPAN – DECEMBER 29: Michael Chandler and Sidney Outlaw compete in the bout during the Bellator Japan – Fedor v Rampage at Saitama Super Arena on December 29, 2019, in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

But Chandler’s old foe Eddie Alvarez had a successful UFC career. Alvarez also managed to become the UFC lightweight champion. Considering Chandler’s skillset, he obviously has the potential to replicate those accolades.

But he certainly needs a good showing in his first outing in the Octagon. He will be looking to prove his doubters wrong and shut his haters up. Hooker is set to give him a stern test, though.

Dan Hooker will be looking to use this opportunity as a springboard

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‘The Hangman’ will be looking to make a statement against the debutant Chandler. Chandler has a lot of hype behind him and is promoted by the UFC. Hooker can steal all the thunder if he manages to outclass Chandler.

The Kiwi is coming off a decision loss against Dustin Poirier. But it was a back-and-forth fight and considered an all-time classic battle.

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Currently ranked No.6, The Kiwi Hooker will want to progress further in the rankings and eventually get a shot at the lightweight gold. Can Hooker get past Chandler? What do you make of his recent post?

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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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