MMA Betting Preview – Chase Hooper vs Jordan Leavitt at UFC Fight Night 232
CHASE HOOPER VS JORDAN LEAVITT FACTS
When is UFC Fight Night 232? Saturday 18th November, 2023 - 20:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC Fight Night 232? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Las Vegas (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC Fight Night 232? Click here to buy tickets for UFC Fight Night
What channel is UFC Fight Night 232 on? TNT Sports 1
Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 232? TNT Sports subscribers can stream the fight online via the TNT Sports website and Discovery+
For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!
CHASE HOOPER VS JORDAN LEAVITT LOWDOWN
Chase Hooper (12-3-1) continues his quest at lightweight after his successful return to 155 lbs back in May. He earnt a unanimous decision over Nick Fiore after going 3-3 in his first six UFC fights. He looked rather out of his depth when he lost a unanimous decision to Alex Caceres (2020). He went on to pick up finishes over Peter Barrett (2020) and Felipe Colares (2022) but a unanimous decision loss to Steven Peterson (2021) and knockout to Steve Garcia (2022) displayed the holes in his game.
Jordan Leavitt (11-2) is at a similar stage in is career showing a lot of promise, but still a lot to prove. He is 4-2 in the UFC now with losses to Claudio Puelles (2021) and most memorably Paddy Pimblett (2022) who submitted him at UFC London. However, he responded perfectly to that defeat by pounding out Victor Martinez (2023) back in February picking up a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus in the process.
CHASE HOOPER VS JORDAN LEAVITT PREDICTION
This is interesting matchmaking between two young jiu-jitsu specialists. Their striking needs work and so does their wrestling for that matter, so we could end up seeing a mediocre striking contest.
Hooper boasts the range with three inches in reach and four in height over Leavitt who will have the power advantage. They will feel each other out on the feet in their southpaw stance with basic combinations and leg kicks. As the fight goes on, expect their muscle memory to kick in and shoot in for a takedown.
They both have average takedown defence, so if one of them adopts a wrestling heavy game plan, they could have success. If they land on the floor, their jiu-jitsu should cancel each other out which could force them back on the feet.
This could go either way so all the value is with Leavitt as the underdog. Considering their striking and wrestling is nothing to shout about, whoever is more aggressive will impress the judges and we are leaning towards to underdog to scrape a decision.
Prediction: Leavitt via Decision
Value bet: Leavitt to win