Hooker doesn't know if New Zealand will allow him to return home!



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Hooker doesn't know if New Zealand will allow him to return home!

The real drama unfolded over Dan Hooker’s departure to Las Vegas for UFC 266, where he battled Nasrat Haqparast last weekend, which he defeated by a unanimous referee's decision after three rounds. The problem with leaving New Zealand was in part about arranging a return flight and the quarantine he would have to undergo.

Namely, his homeland must book two weeks of hotel accommodation in complete isolation for each returnee, after which the person can enter the country. This is what their COVID-19 measurements look like. Within the state, almost everything takes place in a normal course, but getting in and out of it is incredibly complicated.

Having already arrived in America and achieved an important victory, Hooker decided to accept the opportunity to do another fight immediately. Namely, after Rafael Dos Anjos canceled his performance at the UFC 267 event, which is being held on October 30 in Abu Dhabi, Islam Makhachev was left without an opponent.

"Hangman" got the call and accepted it. "I knew the RDA had given up and I immediately had the feeling they had no one else. Tony Ferguson is Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush is also under contract with Ali Abdelaziz, I don't think he would accept a fight."

"I knew I was the only right option. They called me and I was a happy man, see you in Abu Dhabi, ”Hooker said in an interview with MMA Junkie.

Staying in the USA

As we mentioned, Hooker had arranged everything regarding his return to New Zealand, and now he has decided to cancel it.

He thus postponed his return indefinitely, that is, he will have to wait for the opportunity for a flight and quarantine for which he does not know when it could arrive in a busy schedule. But he has decided to accept a fight in which he can gain a lot, and it seems that a career fee awaits him.

"My return home is now undefined. And I didn't do this for some stupid money I was paid with. They gave me money that justifies this action of mine and what they ask of me." "They literally ask me to leave my country and automatically have to live my life here and I don't know for how long.

I decided to take the risk, even though not being able to go home for a couple of years sounds scary, "he said, a little scared since his family is in New Zealand. Of course, the possibility of them joining him also exists, especially if the City Kickboxing team moves to the US, as has been speculated in recent days.

He will enter the fight as a big outsider, but also as the biggest name and probably the best fighter that Makhachev has met so far.