Dan Hooker Set For Lightweight Return, Slams Door Shut On UFC Featherweight Future

    ByRoss Markey

    May 3, 2022
    Dan Hooker

    Just two months ago, Auckland-born striker, Dan Hooker made good on a planned featherweight division return following a prolonged period at lightweight, however, it now appears his second Octagon tenure at 145lbs is already finished for good, to boot.

    Hooker, who co-headlined UFC Fight Night London at The O2 Arena in London, England – suffering a first-ound knockout defeat against fan-favorite Ipswitch native, Arnold Allen – dropping his second straight loss.

    Dan Hooker has no plans to compete at featherweight again under the UFC banner

    Despite making the featherweight limit successfully for his co-main event bout with Allen, Hooker, who had enjoyed the majority of his Octagon success a division higher at 155lbs – has already ended his stint at the lower weight limit, as he springboards back to lightweight.

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    “Oh, f*ck no, I couldn’t make featherweight if I wanted to,” Dan Hooker said during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “I’m closer to middleweight than I am to featherweight. I felt like I could’ve stayed at 145, but obviously, a lot of sacrifice goes into that. But off of the result of the last fight, I feel like I’m in the exact same position at both weight classes. So why not? Why would I make the extra sacrifice? The extra sacrifice was to get me back in the same position that I was in.” 

    “But if I’m in the exact same position (as I was at the lightweight limit), I’d rather be in the exact same position and eating, and having a slice of cake every now and then,” Dan Hooker explained. “Put a fork in it, bud, I’m out of the conversation (at the featherweight limit).”

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    The Kiwi striker had most recently featured at the lightweight limit on short notice at UFC 267 last October, suffering a one-sided first round kimura submission loss to the streaking Dagestan grappler, Islam Makhachev.

    In his most recent victory at 155lbs, Hooker turned in an impressive striking and wrestling performance of his own at UFC 266 in September to defeat the highly-touted, Nasrat Haqparast with a unanimous decision triumph – snapping a two-fight losing skid.