Dan Hooker

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Dan Hooker
BornDaniel Hooker
(1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 31)
Auckland, New Zealand
Other namesThe Hangman
ResidenceAuckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionFeatherweight (2012, 2014–2016)
Lightweight (2009–2012, 2017–present)
Reach75 in (191 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofAuckland, New Zealand
TeamTiger Muay Thai[2]
City Kickboxing
Saigon Sports Club
TrainerEugene Bareman [3]
Doug Viney[3]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Karl Webber[4]
Years active2009–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout5
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By submission7
By decision3
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision6
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Daniel Preston Hooker (born 13 February 1990) is a New Zealand mixed martial artist. He was the King in the Ring Middleweight Kickboxing Champion and WKBF X-Rules Welterweight Champion, and currently competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of January 25, 2021, he is #8 in the UFC lightweight rankings.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hooker made his professional mixed martial arts debut in March 2009. He fought primarily in his native New Zealand and amassed a record of 10–4 before joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[6]

Dan Hooker is also a pro kickboxer with a 9–1–3 record, winning the King In The Ring Middleweight Kickboxing Championship and WKBF X-Rules Welterweight Championship.[7]

Hooker also has a 3–2 submission grappling record. On 18 October 2009 he took part in the ICNZ Contender Series 1 No Gi Submission Wrestling Tournament. He beat Thomas Kwok and Bass Khou by guillotine choke and lost to Pumau Campbell on points. He also competed in the New Zealand 2011 No Gi Nationals, in the Advanced under 77 kg / 170 lbs division, he beat Paul Faavaoga in the first round, and lost to LJ Stevenson in the second round.

He has also competed in a heavyweight fight, for which he weighed in at 86 kg / 189 lbs, against Mark Creedy, winning by knockout in the second round. He also competed in a heavyweight tag team kickboxing match against Antz Nansen.[8]

Hooker has been coaching MMA since 2008, spending time as head coach at City Kickboxing gym in Auckland.[9] In mid 2018 Hooker opened his own gym Combat Academy in Ellerslie, Auckland, a state-of-the-art gym that included a full-sized boxing ring and an octagon.[10][11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]


Hooker made his promotional debut against fellow newcomer Ian Entwistle on 28 June 2014 at UFC Fight Night 43. Hooker won the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the first round.[12]

Hooker faced Maximo Blanco on 20 September 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52.[13] Hooker lost the fight via unanimous decision.[14]


Hooker faced Hatsu Hioki on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65.[15] He won the fight via knockout due to a combination of head kick and punches in the second round. With this win, he became the first man to knock out Hioki in a MMA fight.[16] The win also earned Hooker his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[17]

Hooker next faced Yair Rodríguez on 3 October 2015 at UFC 192.[18] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19]


Hooker next faced Mark Eddiva on 20 March 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85.[20] He won the fighting from a high-elbow mounted guillotine choke in the first round.[21]

Hooker faced Jason Knight on 27 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101.[22] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[23]


Moving up from featherweight to lightweight, Hooker fought Ross Pearson on 11 June 2017 at UFC Fight Night 110.[24] He trained locally in City Kickboxing in Newton, Auckland.[25] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[26] The win also earned Hooker his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[27]

Hooker faced Marc Diakiese on 30 December 2017 at UFC 219 [28] He won the fight via guillotine choke submission in the third round.[29]


Hooker faced Jim Miller on 21 April 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[30] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[31]

Hooker faced Gilbert Burns on 7 July 2018 at UFC 226.[32] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[33]

Hooker faced Edson Barboza on 15 December 2018 at UFC on Fox 31.[34] Hooker displayed resilience and toughness after being dominated by strikes, but was eventually TKO'd in the third round, marking the first time he's been finished by strikes in MMA.[35]


Hooker faced James Vick on 20 July 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4.[36] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[37] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[38]

Hooker faced former UFC title challenger Al Iaquinta on 6 October 2019 at UFC 243.[39] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[40]


Hooker faced Paul Felder on 23 February 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Hooker.[41] Hooker won the fight by a controversial split decision. Out of 17 media members, 12 scored it for Felder, and only 4 for Hooker. [42] This fight earned him a Fight of the Night award.[43]

Hooker faced returning UFC title challenger Dustin Poirier on 27 June 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker.[44] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[45] This contest earned him the Fight of the Night award.[46] This bout was widely considered as one of the greatest fights of the year, due its back-and-forth bloody exchanges.[47]


Hooker faced former three-time Bellator MMA lightweight champion and UFC newcomer Michael Chandler at UFC 257 on January 24, 2021.[48] He lost the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[49] After the bout, Hooker placed his gloves in the middle of the octagon as a sign of retirement.[50] However, he then clarified that after reconsideration, he would not retire from the sport.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Hooker runs and teaches mixed martial arts at his own gym The Combat Academy in Auckland, New Zealand.[52]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 20 wins 10 losses
By knockout 10 2
By submission 7 2
By decision 3 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–10 Michael Chandler TKO (punches) UFC 257 24 January 2021 1 2:30 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 20–9 Dustin Poirier Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker 27 June 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 20–8 Paul Felder Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Hooker 23 February 2020 5 5:00 Auckland, New Zealand Fight of the Night.
Win 19–8 Al Iaquinta Decision (unanimous) UFC 243 6 October 2019 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 18–8 James Vick KO (punch) UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards 20 July 2019 1 2:33 San Antonio, Texas, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 17–8 Edson Barboza KO (punch to the body) UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 15 December 2018 3 2:19 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 17–7 Gilbert Burns KO (punches) UFC 226 7 July 2018 1 2:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–7 Jim Miller KO (knee) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee 21 April 2018 1 3:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–7 Marc Diakiese Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 219 30 December 2017 3 0:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–7 Ross Pearson KO (knee) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt 11 June 2017 2 3:02 Auckland, New Zealand Return to Lightweight. Performance of the Night.
Loss 13–7 Jason Knight Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson 27 November 2016 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 13–6 Mark Eddiva Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir 20 March 2016 1 1:24 Brisbane, Australia
Loss 12–6 Yair Rodríguez Decision (unanimous) UFC 192 3 October 2015 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 12–5 Hatsu Hioki KO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt 10 May 2015 2 4:13 Adelaide, Australia Performance of the Night.
Loss 11–5 Maximo Blanco Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson 20 September 2014 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 11–4 Ian Entwistle TKO (elbows) UFC Fight Night: Te-Huna vs. Marquardt 28 June 2014 1 3:34 Auckland, New Zealand Return to Featherweight.
Win 10–4 Nick Patterson TKO (punches) AFC 6 24 August 2013 3 0:34 Melbourne, Australia Defended the AFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 9–4 Rusty McBride Submission (rear-naked choke) AFC 5 10 May 2013 1 1:31 Melbourne, Australia Defended the AFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 8–4 Sihle Khuboni Submission (triangle choke) Shuriken MMA: Clash of the Continents 13 October 2012 1 2:53 Auckland, New Zealand Return to Lightweight.
Win 7–4 Chengjie Wu TKO (doctor stoppage) Legend FC 9 16 June 2012 1 3:44 Macau, SAR, China Featherweight debut.
Win 6–4 Rusty McBride TKO (doctor stoppage) AFC 3 14 April 2012 2 3:57 Melbourne, Australia Won the AFC Lightweight Championship.
Loss 5–4 Haotian Wu Submission (rear-naked choke) Legend FC 8 30 March 2012 2 4:52 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Win 5–3 Yuma Ishizuka Decision (unanimous) AFC 2 3 September 2011 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 4–3 Scott MacGregor Submission (guillotine choke) SFC 8 30 July 2011 1 4:42 Auckland, New Zealand Won the SFC South Pacific Lightweight Championship.
Loss 3–3 Rob Lisita Decision (split) SCF 6 3 July 2010 3 5:00 Dunedin, New Zealand For the SFC South Pacific Lightweight Championship.
Loss 3–2 Sonny Brown Submission (rear-naked choke) Rize 4 27 March 2010 2 2:00 Fortitude Valley, Australia
Win 3–1 Ken Yasuda TKO (eye injury) Rize 3 5 December 2009 1 3:12 Mansfield, Australia
Win 2–1 Adam Calver Submission (armbar) SCF 4 14 November 2009 1 2:52 Auckland, New Zealand
Loss 1–1 Adam Calver Decision (split) SCF 3 25 July 2009 3 5:00 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 1–0 Mike Taylor Submission (rear-naked choke) SCF 2 7 March 2009 1 0:48 Auckland, New Zealand


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