Enumclaw native submits Russian in St. Louis on Saturday

The May 11 fight has been called the “best performance” of Chase Hooper’s career so far.

By Charlotte McKinley


Enumclaw native Chase Hooper added another submission win on the Lewis vs Nascimento fight card on Saturday when he tapped out in the second round via d’arce choke.

As the youngest fighter on the card, Hooper, 24, put on a dominant performance, adding another tally to his win column.

The moment the bell rang, Hooper came out strong, throwing clean, precise punches at his opponent and knocking him down within 60 seconds of the first round.

Sensing his opportunity, Hooper jumped on Borshchev’s back, immediately hunting for any submission.

Borshchev weathered the storm and managed to roll over to his back, putting Hooper in mount. In survival mode, all Borshchev could do was to hold on and look for opportunities to escape.

The Enumclaw black belt did not give “Slava Clause” a chance to reverse any position, and several times Borshchev found himself in Hooper’s mount beneath a barrage of punches.

Given no respite from either the punches or the submission attempts, the Russian doggedly fought on, giving Hooper a hard time finishing the match in the first round.

Borshchev finally earned a reversal to work his way out of Hooper’s control but “The Dream” capitalized on the movement, putting the Russian in a reverse triangle. Looking for the feet, Hooper caught Borshchev in a toe hold.

Unable to finish and with seconds left on the first round, Hooper transitioned to the top position, aiming to finish the match via mounted triangle.

Holding on until the last second, Borshchev outlasted Hooper’s submission attempts, leading to a second round.

The moment the bell rang on round two, Hooper shot in for a takedown. Securing a double-leg, Hooper got to the back and, in a scramble, ended in mount once again.

Amongst the flurry of fists to Borshchev, Hooper was looking for the submission. In a masterful display of jiu-jitsu, Hooper isolated Borshchev’s arm and neck, tying the Russian up in a d’arce choke.

Though Borshchev is known to be a striker, his game was never displayed as Hooper had complete control of the fight.

Like Hooper had mentioned earlier, it was his goal to get the Russian to the ground where “The Dream” was comfortable. Once on the ground, Hooper gave no slack to Borshchev, tying everything up neatly.

“[This is] by far the best performance of Hooper’s game,” UFC commentator Michael Bisping said.

Charlotte McKinley is a freelance journalist and focuses on Washington state MMA and jiu jitsu sports news. Contact her at charlottefrancesmckinley@gmail.com.