Dan Hooker
The Hangman

New Zealand

Serves as UFC 257 stepping stone
LightweightUFC
January 23, 2021
Hooker lost to Michael Chandler via TKO (punches) at 2:30 of Round 1 at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
We have never seen anyone do that to Hooker and likely never will again. Hooker was completely off balance in a fight that lasted all of 150 seconds. He found himself backpedaling for the entire bout before Chandler obliterated him with one sweeping left hook. There were a few more following-up bombs before referee Marc Goddard (correctly) had seen enough. Anytime you see a result like this, it's fair to wonder if the losing fighter's chin is starting to betray him given all the wars Hooker has been over the years. More likely, it was a perfect storm of events that resulted in Chandler putting on the performance of a lifetime. The 30-year-old Hooker has built up plenty of good will with his efforts over the past several years, but he has now lost two in a row and needs a victory his next time out.
Read More News
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Dan Hooker
DraftKings MMA: UFC Vegas 22 Preview
35 days ago
It's a classic veteran vs. up-and-comer matchup at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday, but Jon Litterine thinks the 37-year-old might have a few tricks up his sleeve. Check out his DraftKings breakdown.
MMA Best Bets: UFC 258
68 days ago
Three of RotoWire's best MMA handicappers join forces to give you a 10-pack of plays for UFC 258 on Saturday, along with a detailed breakdown of the research behind them.
MMA Best Bets: Chris's Picks for UFC 258
68 days ago
How does one turn a big favorite into a plus-money bet? Chris Olson is back to run down four bets he likes for UFC 258, including a potentially-huge payoff for Bobby Green.
RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 257
89 days ago
The most popular draw in the history of the UFC is back, but do the RotoWire MMA contributors like him enough to make him a unanimous selection? The crew makes their picks for the UFC 257 main card.
FanDuel MMA: UFC 257 Preview
89 days ago
Money keeps pouring in on Conor McGregor, but as a highly-rostered DFS option, is he worthy of your captain spot on FanDuel? Chris Olson breaks down a highly-anticipated UFC 257.
More Fantasy News
Matched against Michael Chandler
LightweightUFC
December 22, 2020
Hooker will take on Michael Chandler in a lightweight matchup at UFC 257 on Jan. 23 in Abu Dhabi, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Hooker will be looking to bounce back from a loss against Dustin Poirier (who will square off against Conor McGregor to headline the same card) in June, a setback that ended his three-match winning streak. In Chandler, he'll face a 34-year-old making his UFC debut following a long and successful career with Bellator. Early oddsmakers list Hooker as a betting favorite of (-165).
Drops all-time classic in Vegas
LightweightUFC
June 27, 2020
Hooker lost to Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision (47-48, 47-48, 46-48) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an all-time classic and one that will significantly raise the stock of both men. Hooker started quickly. He made a conscious effort to go to the body and was arguably the more effective fighter over the course of the first ten minutes. Both men unleashed vicious combinations on the other, and both men somehow survived. When the clock hit Round 3, Hooker began to fade a bit. He held his own in the third frame before Poirier began to pull away in Rounds 4 and 5. Hooker did land a few well-timed takedowns, but was so tired he could do nothing with his positional advantage. Hooker also displayed excellent submission defense, as there appeared to be upwards of a half dozen occasions that Poirier had him close to tapping out. Hooker isn't going to be happy with the result, but he fought well and will take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus. 99.9 percent of the fighters on the roster would have been done in the first two rounds with the heavy artillery Hooker threw Poirier's way. The Kiwi is undoubtedly one of the most talented lightweight fighters in the world.
Enters week as underdog
LightweightUFC
June 22, 2020
Hooker enters the week as a (+180) betting underdog for his lightweight matchup against Dustin Poirier at UFC on ESPN 12 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This is a matchup originally finalized in late-May that was once rumored to take place on Fight Island, but it looks as if Hooker has been able to take care of any travel restrictions put in place that could prevent him from making the trip to Vegas. Hooker put the lightweight division on notice when he emerged victorious in a five-round war against Paul Felder in February, bringing his winning streak to three. Hooker also currently has an impressive victory against Gilbert Burns on his resume, especially considering Burns will be fighting for the welterweight title next month. Hooker will take on a fighter in Poirier who dropped his most recent fight to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in September, but had previously compiled a four-fight winning streak with three stoppages and four post-fight bonuses. While Hooker owns a solid striking volume mark of 4.76 significant strikes landed per minute, Poirier posts a slightly higher one of 5.51. Poirier also has better striking defense, and takedown volume indicates Poirier is more comfortable using his wrestling if need be. On the other hand, Hooker is a year younger than Poirier and will also enter with three-inch advantages in both height and reach.
Potential fight date set versus Poirier
LightweightUFC
May 23, 2020
Hooker is tentatively scheduled to square off against Dustin Poirier in a lightweight matchup on the UFC's June 27 card, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Per the report, Hooker's fight versus Poirier would likely be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, pending the travel restrictions from New Zealand being lifted to allow Hooker to make the trip to the United States. If that doesn't come to fruition, the contest would potentially be moved to the UFC's "Fight Island" event in July. Hooker will own height and reach advantages of three inches against Poirier, and while Hooker has put together a solid resume of late, Poirier has been fighting elite lightweights and featherweights for the entirety of a UFC/WEC career dating back to 2010. Poirier also has statistical edges in striking volume, striking defense and offensive wrestling, though Hooker does sport a superior takedown defense rate. Sportsbooks jumped on this exciting matchup shortly after its announcement, lining up Hooker as roughly a (+140) betting underdog.
San Diego card called off
LightweightUFC
April 2, 2020
Hookier will no longer face Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC San Diego on May 16, as the California State Athletic Commission has cancelled all combat sports events until June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hooker picked up his third consecutive victory against Paul Felder in February, narrowly getting the nod via split decision in a Fight of the Year contender. That was going to be enough to propel him to another main event spot against the company's No. 2 lightweight contender, but that event will no longer come to pass -- at least in the state of California. Hookier had been a (+140) betting underdog for the matchup at the time of cancellation, and it remains to be seen what the UFC intends to do with this proposed bout moving forward.