The final bout of the prelims of UFC 250 on Saturday night from the organization’s facility in Sin City – there will be no fans in attendance – features American featherweights Alex Caceres and Chase Hooper in the Octagon. The unbeaten Hooper is favoured on the MMA odds with this fight likely to start around 9:30 p.m. ET.
At age 20, Hooper (9-0-1) is one of the youngest professional MMA fighters around and is nicknamed “the Dream” – he was called “the Teenage Dream” but dropped “Teenage” at his 20th birthday last September. Hooper first caught the attention of the UFC in July 2018 when he fought on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Season 2” and beat Canaan Kawaihae by unanimous decision. That earned Hooper a UFC “development contract,” but he went and fought in a few other organizations in his native Pacific Northwest until making his official UFC debut in December 2019 with a first-round TKO (elbows and punches) of Daniel Teymur.
Caceres vs. Hooper UFC 250 Odds
Hooper has four wins by submission, three by KO/TKO and two by decision. The UFC odds board has him as a -200 favourite for Saturday with Caceres at +150. Hooper is at +190 to win by submission, +360 by decision and +605 by KO, TKO or disqualification. Hooper’s fights average 9:47. He lands 5.16 significant strikes per minute (absorbs 1.89) and 0.77 takedowns per 15 minutes with just 16 per cent accuracy. His takedown defence is 100 per cent.
The 31-year-old Caceres (15-12) turned pro in 2008 and made his UFC debut when Hooper was just 11 years old. Caceres lost that fight in March 2011 via submission (rear-naked choke) to Mackens Semerzier. Caceres has fought some fairly big names over the years, upsetting Sergio Pettis (earning Submission of the Night on that card) and losing to Urijah Faber and Yair Rodriguez.
“Bruce Leeroy” comes off a July 2019 unanimous decision win over Steven Peterson. The unique nickname comes from the character in the movie “The Last Dragon.” Caceres has seven wins by decision, five by submission and three by KO/TKO. Seven of his losses are via submission. For Saturday, he’s +305 to win by decision, +565 by submission and +900 by KO, TKO or disqualification. Caceres’ average fight time is 12:10. He lands 3.98 significant strikes per minute (absorbs 2.86) and averages 0.53 takedowns per 15 minutes with 75 per cent accuracy. His takedown defence is 58 per cent.
UFC 250 Predictions: Caceres vs. Hooper
The over/under for rounds is 2.5 (scheduled for three), with the under a -145 favourite. This is priced +470 to be the quickest fight to finish on the entire card. Both guys are southpaws, while Hooper has an inch of reach. Back the much more experienced – and toned — Caceres by submission.