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UFC Fight Night: Felder vs Hooker

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This coming weekend, UFC is back in the Asia-Pacific time zone with UFC Fight Night: Felder vs Hooker in Auckland, New Zealand. Here are the talking points for the event:

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  • UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: FELDER vs. HOOKER takes place Sunday, Feb. 23 at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Event broadcasts live in North America on Saturday, Feb. 22
  • This marks the UFC’s third trip to Auckland
    • Previous events:
      • UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt in 2017
      • UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt in 2014
  • The event will be headlined by a pivotal lightweight contenders’ bout
  • LIGHTWEIGHT THRILLER: PAUL FELDER GOES BEHIND ENEMY LINES TO TAKE OUT SURGING DAN HOOKER
  • Paul Felder (17-4, fighting out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) goes for his sixth consecutive win at lightweight and spoil his opponent’s homecoming
    • No. 6 ranked UFC lightweight contender
    • 10 wins via knockout, one by submission
    • Four first-round finishes
    • Holds wins over Edson Barboza, Charles Oliveira and James Vick
  • Dan Hooker (20-8, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand) looks to continue his ascent up the lightweight rankings by earning the biggest win of his career in his hometown
    • No. 7 ranked UFC lightweight contender
    • 10 wins via knockout, seven by submission
    • 12 first-round finishes
    • Holds wins over Al Iaquinta, Gilbert Burns and Jim Miller

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH: TALENTED FINISHERS JIM CRUTE AND MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK FACE IN THE CO-MAIN EVENT

  • Jimmy Crute (10-1, fighting out of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia) hopes to rebound with another dynamic finish
    • Four wins by knockout, three by submission
    • Six first-round finishes
    • Holds stoppage wins over Sam Alvey and Paul Craig
  • Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-3 1NC, fighting out of Leczna, Poland) aims to get back on track with a devastating knockout win
    • 10 wins via KO, one by submission
    • Seven first-round finishes
    • Holds knockout wins over Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Gian Villante

OTHER FIGHTS ON THE CARD INCLUDE

  • Ben Sosoli (7-2 2NC, fighting out of Melbourne, Australia) squares off with Marcos Rogerio De Lima (16-7-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) in an entertaining heavyweight bout
  • Former strawweight title challenger and No. 14 ranked contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz (13-5, fighting out of Lodz, Poland) meets surging prospect Yan Xiaonan (11-1 1NC, fighting out of Beijing, China)
  • Brad Riddell (7-1, fighting out of Christchurch, New Zealand) aims to build off the momentum of his Fight of the Night debut when he takes on tough Magomed Mustafaev (14-2, fighting out of Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia)
  • Exciting featherweights collide when Kevin Aguilar (17-2, fighting out of Longview, Texas, USA) faces returning Zubaira Tukhugov (18-4-1, fighting out of Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia)
  • Dana White’s Contender Series veteran Jalin Turner (8-5, fighting out of Fontana, California, USA) squares off with undefeated newcomer Joshua Culibao (8-0, fighting out of Sydney, Australia)
  • In a welterweight thriller, Jake Matthews (15-4, fighting out of Epping, Victoria, Australia) meets Emil Meek (9-4-1 1NC, fighting out of Trondheim, Norway)
  • Callan Potter (18-8, fighting out of Sunbury, Victoria, Australia) faces Song Kenan (15-5, fighting out of Tangshan, Hebei Province, China) in a welterweight bout
  • No. 8 ranked flyweight contender Kai Kara-France (20-8 1NC, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand) looks to steal the show in his hometown against Tyson Nam (18-10-1, fighting out of Waipahu, Hawaii, USA)
  • Loma Lookboonmee (4-1, fighting out of Phuket, Thailand) aims to continue her momentum against Angela Hill (11-7, fighting out of San Diego, California, USA by way of Clinton, Maryland, USA)
  • Dana White’s Contender Series signee Maki Pitolo (12-5, fighting out of Makaha, Hawaii, USA) hopes to rebound against Takashi Sato (15-3, fighting out of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Priscila Cachoeira (8-3, fighting out of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) squares off with Shana Dobson (3-3, fighting out of Denver, Colorado, USA by way of Washington, D.C., USA)

 

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