In two of his last three outings, Hooper has shared the cage with decidedly more experienced and accomplished foes in Alex Cacares and Steven Peterson. Although there was no interest in the two fights where the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt stopped fighting or looked defeated, he came away on the wrong side of the outcome each time.
Now this weekend he steps back, sharing the cage with Colares, who is a few years older but has the same level of experience and comparable fighting style, which makes Hooper excited to come back and show what that he was. worked in the past 11 months.
“It’s fun because I’m fighting a very similar guy, super-jiu jitsu,” he said of facing Colares, who suffers a unanimous decision loss to Chris Gutierrez and has a record of 10-3 overall. “I’m not going to have to go in there and worry about getting knocked out or being held up. He’s a guy who will try to do a lot of the same things I did; he’s a little shorter, a little shorter, and I imagine he’s not going to be crazy because his last fights were at 35.
“It was never finished, and I was never finished, so I’m expecting a badass with great jiu jitsu who’s ready to do it, and I’m ready to give it back.
“Losing to Cacares and losing to Peterson put the chip back in my shoulder, it’s not just me being where I am,” the featherweight prospect added. “It makes me want to keep pushing my levels and I feel like I’ve done that.”