Dan Hooker


Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker
New Zealand
Style: Kickboxer
13/02/1990 (29 yrs)
6’0″/155lbs
Reach: 75 in/191cm

#7 Ranked UFC Lightweight

Accolades: AFC Lightweight Champion, SFC Lightweight Champion

Record: 19-8 (9-4 UFC)

Last 5 (4-1):
WIN | Al Iaquinta | Decision (Unanimous) | UFC 243, 6/10/2019
WIN | James Vick | KO (Punch) 2:33 Rd 1 | UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards, 20/07/2019
LOSS | Edson Barboza | TKO (Body punch) 2:19 Rd 3 | UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2, 15/12/2018
WIN | Gilbert Burns | KO (Punches) | UFC 226, 7/07/2018
WIN | Jim Miller | KO (Knee) 3:00 Rd 1 | UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee, 21/04/2018

Next fight: Paul Felder, UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Hooker

One of the brightest stars shining among the booming trans-Tasman MMA scene, Dan Hooker has taken the next step to put himself right among the top end of the UFC lightweight division. Labelled ‘The Hangman’, Hooker has a handy knack for finishing his fights – most often by way of his slick kickboxing, but not exclusive of a few submissions. A patchy start to life in the top promotion was put behind the Kiwi as he broke through for his first stretch of consecutive wins, stringing together four between 2017 and 2018 to earn a shot against Edson Barboza. While he was soundly beaten, Hooker won many more fans for his never-say-die approach and would bounce back with big wins over James Vick and Al Iaquinta to remind us of his credentials. A callout for Dustin Poirier at UFC 243 did not see that match-up come to fruition, but Hooker is set to face Paul Felder in the pair’s first UFC main event slot at the upcoming Auckland fight night.