Chase Hooper’s MMA return was successful.
The 22-year-old featherweight prospect competed in his first fight in almost a year Saturday at UFC Fight Night 206 in Las Vegas. Hooper (11-2-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) took on Brazil’s Felipe Colares on the prelims bounced back from defeat by stopping Colares with ground-and-pound in the third round. The victory marked Hooper’s third win and finish in the UFC since joining the promotion in December 2019.
As promised, Hooper put on a grappling clinic. He swarmed Colares on the ground with constant attacks and submission threats. Colares was able to escape many tough positions and even get dominant positions himself, but Hooper managed to win most of the exchanges thanks to his smooth transitions.
In the final round, Hooper got mount on Colares and began to drop elbows until the referee waived the action. This was Hooper’s first fight since losing to Steven Peterson at UFC 263 back in June 2021.