“His wife’s about to have a baby” – UFC fighter Chase Hooper drops MAJOR family announcement after defeating soon-to-be father Jordan Leavitt

Chase Hooper won his fight against Jordan Leavitt in UFC Vegas 82. Later, he revealed that he would become a dad in the coming month.


“His wife’s about to have a baby” – UFC fighter Chase Hooper drops MAJOR family announcement after defeating soon-to-be father Jordan Leavitt

Chase Hooper after winning against Jordan Leavitt in UFC Vegas 82 (via X)

Chase Hooper and Jordan Leavitt faced each other in the main card of UFC Vegas 82. Hooper won the fight impressively by securing a first-round finish. In the post-fight interview, he mentioned that Leavitt would have a second child and revealed that he would soon become a father.

In the interview with Paul Felder, Chase Hooper happily announced that he would be a father soon. Further, he stated that he would have to make a lot more money to provide for his family. So, he said fight fans would see him inside the octagon frequently. He also showed interest in getting the bonuses of UFC Vegas 82. Here is what he said:

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His(Jordan Leavitt) wife's about to have a baby, so is mine. So, gotta be making that money...I got a baby on the way. I gotta start making that money. I'll be in here a lot more.
Chase Hooper after post-fight press conference

In the lead-up to the fight, Jordan Leavitt said that his child was due four days after the fight. So, in case his wife went to labor on fight day or before, he would pull out. Luckily, nothing happened, and the fight went down as planned. However, Leavitt didn’t get the desired result. But Chase Hooper got a fantastic finish and was happy to announce his baby’s arrival.

Chase Hooper’s career in the UFC has been turbulent, as he has won and lost alternatively since 2019. Finally, ‘The Dream’ got his first two consecutive wins by finishing Jordan Leavitt. He entered the UFC as a featherweight through Dana White’s Contender Series and is now becoming one of the best prospects in the lightweight division. He promised to fight three times a year in the post-fight press conference.

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Chase Hooper calls out Claudio Puelles after his win in UFC Vegas 82

Chase Hooper pulled off his most impressive win in UFC Vegas 82. He won against Jordan Leavitt by submitting him in the very first round. The fight went back and forth as both the fighters scrambled their way to get the dominant position. Finally, Hooper took advantage of Leavitt’s mistake and landed on a rear naked choke. After this win, he called out Claudio Puelles.

Chase Hooper calls out Claudio Puelles after win in UFC Vegas 82
Chase Hooper calls out Claudio Puelles after win in UFC Vegas 82 (via Miami Herald/X)

In the post-fight press conference, Hooper showed interest in fighting someone with grappling prowess, such as Claudio Puelles. He said that two grapplers going at each other would be a fun matchup. He mentioned that it wouldn’t be as boring as a wrestler controlling his opponent since grapplers always scramble and look for submission. Here is what he said:

I would like someone like a Claudio Puelles. Still, I would like to fight another guy that's big into leg locks, another big Jiu-Jitsu guy in the division. Tonight is a perfect example of those are fun matchups and I think they are fun to watch... It's not just the wrestling and holding for position, like scrambling the whole time, looking for subs, and yeah! I think that would be a fun one.
Chase Hooper via post fight press conference

Claudio Puelles tore through the division’s unranked fighters with his leg lock threats. However, he lost to Dan Hooker in his last fight. Since Chase Hooper was interested in a leg-lock guy, Puelles would be the perfect opponent as he has three knee-bar finished in the UFC. Also, Hooper faced Puelles in a grappling match earlier, which he won by a calf slicer. Anyway, he said this would be a fun matchup and was interested in it.

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