Dana White confirms Michael Chandler will make UFC debut vs Dan Hooker on Conor McGregor’s undercard at Fight Island

DANA WHITE confirmed Michael Chandler will make his anticipated UFC debut against Dan Hooker on Fight Island.

The former Bellator lightweight champion, who joined the UFC as a free agent, will feature as UFC 257’s co-headliner in Abu Dhabi on January 23.

Michael Chandler is set to make his UFC debut against Dan Hooker on Fight Island.

Conor McGregor will rematch Dustin Poirier, who he beat in 2014, in the night’s main-event.

Chandler, 34, has been searching for an opponent ever since his Bellator contract ran out and White signed the American.

He travelled to Fight Island in October as a back up for either Khabib Nurmagomedov, 32, or Justin Gaethje, 31, but was not needed.

Since then, talks had progressed for Chandler to face either Gaethje or Charles Oliveira.

But Oliveira, 31, only fought in December, dominating Tony Ferguson, 36, leaving the Brazilian fearing the quick turnaround.

It left New Zealander Hooker primed to welcome Chandler into the UFC.

The 30-year-old has been out since June, when he lost to Poirier, 31, in a five-round thriller.

UFC president White confirmed the fight in an interview with The Schmo.

He said: “We were originally — I don’t know if this is done yet but f*** it — we were working on Oliveira.

“Oliveira couldn’t make the weight. So Chandler will be fighting Hooker. Great fight.”

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