Al Iaquinta vs Dan Hooker Prediction & Betting Odds - UFC 243 Preview

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Al Iaquinta vs Dan Hooker Prediction & Betting Odds - UFC 243 Preview

Al “Raging” Iaquinta (14-5-1) fights Dan “The Hangman” Hooker (18-8-0) in a Lightweight bout that’s the co-main event at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday night.

This has the promise of being a spectacular fight between two evenly matched cage fighters.

The 32 year-old Al Iaquinta comes into this fight on the back of a Unanimous Decision defeat to fellow American Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in May.

For his part, the 29 year-old Kiwi Dan Hooker secured a win with a Left Hook to Ground & Pound after 2:33 of Round 1 in his last fight against the American James Vick in July.

Betting Odds - Winner

This looks unlikely to be a fight in which either man will be going out to look for a submission, with both Iaquinta and Hooker being renowned as stand-up fighters. Iaquinta is known for his relentless aggression and strike-rate, while Hooker can count on his knockout power. Hooker has an advantage in terms of height and in particular reach over Iaquinta.

That said, Iaquinta proved in his April 2018 fight against current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov that he belongs among the elite of the division, as he took the Russian the full five rounds and gave him arguably the toughest challenge of his career to date.

Al Iaquinta vs Dan Hooker Betting Lines & Prediction

This isn’t a straightforward fight with regards to making our UFC 243 betting predictions, with both men having valid claims. 

We’ll take Al Iaquinta to provide a minor upset as our betting tip though, given that he not only took Nurmagomedov all the way, but has also beaten quality fighters such as Marc Diakese, Ross Pearson, Jim Miller and Gilbert Burns.

Looking at the UFC 243 betting lines going into this fight, Dan Hooker is the narrow favourite at best betting odds of -162 (1.61) with 888Sport, with the best line on Iaquinta at +145 (2.45) with bet365.

UFC 243 Prediction: Fight Result – Al Iaquinta to Win @ +145 (2.45) with bet365

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