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Dan Hooker Teases Featherweight Return Following Recent Loss, Makes Successful Test Cut

UFC lightweight contender, Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker has teased a potential featherweight division return following a string of three losses in his last four outings at the lightweight limit over the last 16 months.

Hooker fell to the #8 rank in the official lightweight pile at the beginning of the month, following an opening round kimura submission defeat against the #4 rated contender, Islam Makhachev on ‘Fight Island’ at UFC 267 last month.

The Auckland native dropped an earlier first round knockout loss to Michael Chandler at UFC 267 in January of this year at the same venue in the latter’s promotional bow, which came off the back of a Fight of the Year unanimous decision blemish against former interim lightweight titleholder, Dustin Poirier at UFC Vegas 4 back in June.

Falling to 21-11 as a professional with his opening round defeat to American Kickboxing Academy mainstay, Makhachev, Hooker had briefly snapped his slide against the aforenoted Hamburg native, Haqparast, coming as his first victory since a February 2020 UFC Fight Night Auckland headlining win against the now-retired, Paul Felder.

Posting on his official Twitter account, Hooker shared the results of what appears to be a test weight-cut to the featherweight limit for the first time since November 2016 — hitting 146lbs, with the caption penned as “45 look alive” hinting at a return to the featherweight ranks.

Speculation regarding Hooker’s return to the featherweight division initially began during a recent interview with The Mac Life reporter, Oscar Willis, in which he was engaging in a “little test run” and was working alongside a dietician.

I’m doing a little something, something at the moment,” Hooker said. “You’ve got to make your next move your best move. Let’s just say I’m working with the UFC and the fight dietician very closely and I’m doing a test — a little test run. And we’ll see.

Enjoying some notable success at lightweight before his recent string of losses, the City Kickboxing staple took home victories against Ross Pearson, Marc Diakiese, Jim Miller, James Vick, Al Iaquinta, the aforenoted, Felder and Haqparast, and one-time welterweight title challenger, Gilbert Burns.

Beginning his UFC run at featherweight, Hooker established a 3-3 promotional record, including wins over Ian Entwistle, Hatsu Hioki, and Mark Eddiva, in between losses to Jason Knight, Maximo Blanco, and recent headliner, Yair Rodriguez.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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  1. […] he has competed in on six separate occasions in the UFC prior to his lightweight climb, Hooker made a successful test cut to the featherweight limit, coming in at 146lbs over last weekend with the brief help of a dietician from the UFC Performance Institute whilst he […]

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