Dan Hooker announced a return to the old category



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Dan Hooker announced a return to the old category

The transition to the lightweight category, which he did in the middle of 2017, was one of the best moves of Dan Hooker in his career. The 31-year-old New Zealander recorded seven victories in the first eight appearances within the division up to 70 kilograms and became a relevant candidate for the very top.

There, however, he failed to promote himself, as he was stopped by Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, and eventually Islam Makhachev. Hooker earned well in the last fights, but the results have suffered and now he has to change something.

A few days ago, in an interview with MacLife, "Hangman" revealed that he was preparing some changes. He explained that he was working with experts at the UFC Institute, and some assumptions could be drawn as to how he would change the category.

Only it was not known in which direction it would go. Finally, Dan revealed what it was all about. He posted a video on Twitter showing him weighing 146 lbs, or 66.5 kilograms, which is the upper limit of the featherweight category.

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So, the intention is to return to the category within which he did his first six UFC fights, with half the success. What’s interesting is to recall Hooker’s statement after moving into the lightweight division, when he turned down any possibility of returning to the previous division and the new weight loss horror.

"Going down to the lightweight category was like giving up my own skills. It affected me the most mentally. There's no point in looking for an advantage in size, it's more important to fight at your right weight and respect your skills."

"It would take a million dollars to consider returning. But no, I'm not going back there anymore. I'd fight better drunk than in the lightweight category, "is a combination of Hooker's statements at the time.

Who knows, maybe they found a better principle diet for the 183-centimeter-tall Dan at the UFC Institute. Something with which he will be able to painlessly satisfy the limit of the category, and then do the fight to his own maximum.

This time with a physical advantage that will be quite noticeable over most fighters in the lightweight category. Currently, four fighters taller than him are competing in the lightweight category. Sean Woodson is 188 centimeters tall and Zabit Magomedsharipov, Chase Hooper and Julian Erosa, who are all 185 centimeters tall We will see, however, whether there will be a change of plans in the near future