Dan Hooker Is Mentally Ready To Spend The Rest Of 2021 In The U.S.

Dan “The Hangman” Hooker says that he is mentally prepared to close this year on a high note.

Hooker was all set to return home this past week when the UFC and Dana White offered him another pay-per-view fight, this time against Islam Makhachev. Hooker couldn’t refuse the offer and decided to stay in the U.S.

“Mentally, I’m prepared just to get my family over here and to make the most of it. Things are pretty shut down in New Zealand. The COVID-19 situation is getting a little bit [slow],” Hooker told renowned MMA expert and analyst, Ariel Helwani.

Hooker finally returned to the winning ways this September where he dominated Nasrat Haqparast in all three rounds, winning a unanimous decision victory at UFC 266.

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With this fight on the cards, Hooker is very likely to spend the remaining part of this year away from the home.

“Their attempt to eliminate COVID in New Zealand is pretty much gone. So they’ll be the last place to open in the world. So, things are still moving pretty slow over there,” he added.

The UFC has made the arrangements for Hooker’s family’s move to the USA so that The Hangman can spend quality time with his family during his stay in America.

Hooker further added that he is happy that his family has welcomed his decision of fighting Makhachev at UFC 267.

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