Dan Hooker and Paul Felder competed in one of the best lightweight fights in recent memory in the main event of UFC Fight Night Auckland on Saturday night. Hooker came out on top when he got the nod in a split-decision victory.
In what could be a "Fight of the Year" contender, Dan Hooker defeated Paul Felder in an incredibly close and incredibly exciting lightweight contest in the main event of last night's UFC Fight Night 168
Last Saturday, the UFC staged a Fight Night card outside Albuquerque. This week, it shifts about 7,000 miles around the globe to New Zealand for a Fight Night card headlined by a lightweight non-title bout between Paul Felder and Dan Hooker. The main card from Spark Arena in Auckland, easily the biggest city in the country, will begin at 7 p.m. ET – or Sunday at 1 p.m. local time. Odds courtesy of OddsShark.com It's the third time the UFC has staged a card in Auckland, last in June 2017 when heavyweights Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis headlined. The organization generally puts at least one native on every card when outside the United States, and the 30-year-old Hooker (19-8) is from Auckland. He is ranked No. 7 in the lightweight division, which is ruled with an iron fist by unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov. "The Hangman" is likely a long way from getting a title shot, if he ever does, but is on a two-fight winning streak. He last fought on October 5, 2019, at UFC 243 and beat former title contender Al Iaquinta ...
The UFC heads back to Zeeland with one of its own in action in an important lightweight battle. Dan Hooker will try to keep his two-fight win streak alive while putting an end to Paul Felder's, but the former will have a usually raucous Auckland crowd behind him as he represents City Kickboxing.