“His Wife’s About to Have a Baby…” – Emotional Chase Hooper Had to Say This About Rival Jordan Leavitt After Submission Win at UFC Vegas 82

Published 11/18/2023, 7:18 PM EST

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Chase Hooper returned to fight for the second time in 2023 at UFC Vegas 82. The 24-year-old took on Jordan Leavitt, aiming to register another win this year. Both fighters had fought once this year, but Hooper got the best of ‘The Monkey King’. He registered a first-round submission win after which he had a message for his opponent.

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‘The Dream’ has had a mixed record in his last few fights. He has won three and lost three in his last six fights. However, he came into UFC Vegas 82 with the winning momentum from his last fight against Nick Fiore. As such, he scored yet another win, which was also Hooper’s second win of the year.

Chase Hooper registered a first-round submission win at UFC Vegas 82

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The fights started off as a grappling contest with both fighters, trying to gain an upper hand over each other. Chase Hopper almost got Jordan Leavitt into an armbar position, but the latter was able to escape that predicament. Meanwhile, they continued their grappling contest as ‘The Dream’ got the better of his opponent with a great transition.

Jordan Leavitt hit Chase Hooper with an impressive right hand while the 24-year-old was down. However, the Enumclaw native got the better of him. Hooper caught Leavitt on his back and submitted ‘The Monkey King’ in just two minutes and fifty-eight seconds of the first round. It was his second 1st-round finish in his UFC career so far. Hooper then made a statement with regard to his opponent, stating why he needed to win the fight.

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‘The Dream’ is going to become a father

During the media day before UFC Vegas 82, Jordan Leavitt mentioned that his wife was pregnant. The 11-3 also stated that he might have to snub the fight against Chase Hooper if his wife went into labor. However, that did not happen as he went on to compete at the Apex. Meanwhile, Hooper made a similar revelation after he defeated Leavitt via submission.

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Chase Hooper mentioned that much like his opponent, he was also going to become a father. The 24-year-old had not mentioned this earlier, but he revealed that information during the post-fight interview. “His wife’s about to have a baby, so’s mine, so gotta make that money,” said Hooper. It seems like the money will surely help the youngster in catering to his family with a baby on the way.

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The lightweight division is one of the toughest divisions in the UFC. As such, this win for Chase Hooper helped him get back to his winning ways. Nevertheless, he is still 24 years old and there is a possibility that he has a lot more experience to gain. But if Hooper can earn more wins, it may not be too late before we see him chasing the title.

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