Dan Hooker Celebrates City Kickboxing’s ‘Best Gym’ Award From World MMA Awards

Hooker has been a pivotal member with the gym.

After City Kickboxing won the title of “Best Gym” at the MMA Awards last Thursday night, Dan Hooker expressed his pride for everyone affiliated with the gym during a recent interview.

Since joining the UFC more than eight years ago, “The Hangman” has played a significant role in the gym and has flown its banner. The New Zealander helped mold CKB into what it is today, and for 2022, it has been named the finest mixed martial arts gym.

“It means everything, man. [A] small gym from the bottom of the world, [it] seems pretty crazy to me… I do [think City Kickboxing is the best gym in the world], I definitely do… It’s an absolute honor, like, your competition proves how big of a deal it is to beat superstar gyms, bigger gyms [like] American Top Team,” Hooker said.

Hooker defeated Claudio Puelles by TKO late in the second round at UFC 281 to snap his losing streak. He rose to No. 11 in the division after the victory and is now headed in the direction of a top-five lightweight.

The 32-year-old aims to fight in Australia and take part in UFC 284 in Perth early next year, however it is unknown who he will face across the octagon.

City Kickboxing, which doesn’t have the biggest squad in the sport but is home to some of the best athletes in mixed martial arts history, was properly honored at the MMA Awards on Thursday.

Alexander Volkanovski, the gym’s current #1 pound-for-pound fighter, represents the facility every time he enters the octagon, but he isn’t the only star there.

Israel Adesanya is also a proud member of City Kickboxing, despite the fact that his most recent fight ended in defeat and he lost his middleweight title.

The gym is home to a number of people in addition to the two, including Dan Hooker, Brad Riddell, Kai Kara-France and Carlos Ulberg.

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