Dan Hooker’s Las Vegas stay exceeded his expectations ahead of UFC 267 (Video)
UFC lightweight Dan Hooker’s Las Vegas stay has exceeded his expectations ahead of his fight against Islam Makhachev at UFC 267.
Dan Hooker, and UFC fighters outside of the United States in general, have had a tough year with the various COVID-19 travel restrictions. Ahead of his last fight with Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266, Hooker went through quite the journey just to be able to fly from his native New Zealand to Las Vegas, NV.
But, after deciding to stay in Las Vegas indefinitely, he’s happy with the choice he made. Hooker will make the quick turnaround to fight against Islam Makhachev at UFC 267.
During his UFC 267 pre-fight press conference, Hooker talked about how much he’s loved being a Las Vegas resident.
“Absolutely no complaints, life is good,” Hooker said. “The P.I. is just insane. The therapists, nutrition is taken care of, strength and conditioning, everything’s been provided. I didn’t expect any of this, I didn’t even think about it.”
“The UFC has been incredible [with my family] as well. Once I come back from Abu Dhabi, the UFC is flying my family out to Las Vegas.”
Dan Hooker will fight Islam Makhachev just weeks after his last win at UFC 266
During the buildup to his last fight at UFC 266, Hooker hinted at a potential City Kickboxing move to the states sooner rather than later. While the whole team hasn’t moved yet, Hooker is expected to be the first domino to fall when it comes to international fighters moving to the U.S.
In the meantime, Hooker is training at the UFC Performance Institute as well as Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas. He faces a tough challenge in Makhachev but seems in a great place mentally to try to get the job done.
UFC 267 takes place on Oct. 30, 2021, live from Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
Published at Thu, 21 Oct 2021 04:31:14 +0000