Sunday, August 9, 2020

Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooker Announced for UFC Auckland Headliner

UFC Auckland has its headliner when New Zealand’s Dan Hooker stands across from Paul Felder in a lightweight showcase.

The UFC announced the main event via Twitter Wednesday afternoon, and Dan Hooker had no problem making his prediction known for the bout:

“UFC Auckland Main Event! ? Im (sic) going to smash Paul Felder’s face in.  February 23rd, Spark Arena,” Hooker tweeted.

Dan Hooker and Paul Felder are separated by one position in the UFC lightweight rankings, with Hooker at #7 and Felder at #6. Hooker has won six of his seven fights since returning to lightweight, including wins over names such as Marc Diakiese, Gilbert Burns, and Jim Miller. But perhaps the two most notable victories for Hooker came most recently, with a first-round KO of James Vick followed by decision victory over former title challenger Al Iaquinta. Dan Hooker will hope to bring the same success he had in 2019 along with him into 2020 when he battles Paul Felder.

A five-year UFC pro, Paul Felder has also hit his stride recently, winning five of his last six bouts. Not unlike Hooker, Felder holds a victory over James Vick, and he, too, is riding a two-fight win streak. Most recently, Felder pulled out a controversial split-decision victory over Edson Barboza to ascend to the current #6 lightweight ranking spot that he currently occupies. This contest will mark the first-ever main event for both Felder and Hooker.

UFC Auckland takes place on February 23, 2020 from the Spark Arena.

Who do you think will be victorious when Dan Hooker and Paul Felder cross paths in New Zealand?

Trending Articles

Watch: Michael Chandler Sleeps Benson Henderson At Bellator 243

Michael Chandler accomplished a rare feat against Benson Henderson. Chandler and Henderson shared the cage a second time at...

Fighters React To Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik At UFC on ESPN+ 32

Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik brought a heavyweight slugfest in their fight.  The showdown served as the main event...

Alistair Overeem Fires Back At Derrick Lewis Over Ducking Accusations

Alistair Overeem is aware of Derrick Lewis' ducking accusations and he's amused by it. Lewis is set to do...

Daniel Cormier Surprised To Hear Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Return At UFC 254

Daniel Cormier was caught off guard upon hearing the news of Khabib Nurmagomedov's planned October return. Nurmagomedov, who holds...

UFC on ESPN+ 32 Results: Derrick Lewis TKO’s Aleksei Oleinik

UFC on ESPN+ 32 went down tonight (Sat. August 8, 2020) from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX and we have...

Latest MMA News

Chris Weidman Admits Fight With Omari Akhmedov Was ‘Sloppy’

Chris Weidman is back in the win column but he isn't totally satisfied with his victory over Omari Akhmedov.

Derrick Lewis Has Three Opponents In Mind Following UFC Vegas 6 Win

Derrick Lewis is looking towards the future following his victory over Aleksei Oleinik. Lewis and Oleinik shared the Octagon...

UFC on ESPN+ 32 Promotional Guidelines Payouts: Tim Means Is Top Earner

The UFC on ESPN+ 32 promotional guidelines payouts are in. On Aug. 8, UFC on ESPN+ 32 took place...

UFC on ESPN+ 32 Bonuses: Four Fighters Nab Performance Checks

The UFC on ESPN+ 32 bonuses have been released. On August 8th, the UFC held its second event in...

Fighters React To Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik At UFC on ESPN+ 32

Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik brought a heavyweight slugfest in their fight.  The showdown served as the main event...

UFC on ESPN+ 32 Highlights: Derrick Lewis Floors Aleksei Oleinik

Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik was a slugfest in the main event of the UFC’s latest event.  The two...

Chris Weidman Outlasts Omari Akhmedov at UFC on ESPN+ 32

Omari Akhmedov vs. Chris Weidman was an interesting matchup in the co-main event.  The two fighters met in a...

Alistair Overeem Fires Back At Derrick Lewis Over Ducking Accusations

Alistair Overeem is aware of Derrick Lewis' ducking accusations and he's amused by it. Lewis is set to do...

UFC on ESPN+ 32 Post-Fight Press Conference Live Stream

The UFC on ESPN+ 32 post-fight press conference will be live once the action concludes. Tonight (Aug. 8), UFC on ESPN+...

Daniel Cormier Surprised To Hear Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Return At UFC 254

Daniel Cormier was caught off guard upon hearing the news of Khabib Nurmagomedov's planned October return. Nurmagomedov, who holds...

UFC Megastar Conor McGregor Is Engaged To Dee Devlin

Conor McGregor popped the question. McGregor announced that he is now engaged to his longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin. The...

Michael Chandler Sizes up Conor McGregor as He Talks Free Agency

Michael Chandler fought the last fight on his contract at Bellator 243 when he picked up a first round victory against Benson...