AL IAQUINTA VS DAN HOOKER

Al Iaquinta
vs Dan Hooker
prediction

UFC 243

Another exhibition of striking is in front of us. We expect a lot of nice combinations and danger on both sides. Both of these guys have fought one of the best UFC fighters like Edson Barboza or Donald Cerrone. Al Laquinta with unpredictable movement will be chasing much taller and longer Dan Hooker. 

When we take a deeper look at last Al´s fights we can see that he is really not afraid to risk and to go hungry for hard combinations. The thing where Al is excellent is his movement. He has perfect head movement and he also has pretty good overall movement which is really hard to predict for other opponents. He combines this movement with punches from very unusual angles and he also kicks very well. All this plus his knockout power makes him really dangerous fighter that can stop other guys in every second. The thing where we can see some spaces is related to his movement. He spends a lot of time with his hands low and he comes quite close to opponents so from one point of view he can hit other guys but he can also be touched dangerously. Since he is so good striker he doesn´t go for takedowns.

Al will face another true beast Dan Hooker. There isn´t a lot of taller guys then Dan is and that will be the biggest challenge for Al. Dan knows how to use his long legs and his kicks aren´t something you want to deal with. But the real power is in his hands. He can land very well targeted combinations and he has already knocked out lot of people in first round. Because he can also hit very hardly one punch can be enough for the finish. But there is also one very interesting thing. It´s unbelievable how much he is able to absorb. In fight with Edson Barboza he survived so many hard hits from which other guys would definitely already slept that it was really just amazing. That will be another challenge for Al. And even Dan will definitely won´t go for a takedown. 

 

Scenarios

That being said it is almost impossible that we will see some submission and we will probably also hardly see some takedown attempts. Maybe we will see just Al´s faking of takedowns to open opponent´s head. There is a small chance that Al won´t be able to close that distance so we will probably see very nice war from the beginning of fight. We rather don´t even predict if we will see more than 1 round because Dan is definitely able to finish it here. 

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