Felder vs Hooker just 6 weeks away

With the addition of two undercard fights, UFC Fight Night: Felder vs Hooker now has a finalised fight card slated to take place on Sunday, February 23rd at the Spark Arena in Auckland.

The main card sees two City Kickboxing fighters step up in their backyard: Dan Hooker (19-8) is set to take on perennial lightweight top-10 Paul Felder (17-4), while ferocious striker Brad Riddell (6-1-0) looks to make it 2 from 2 in the UFC as he faces fierce Russian southpaw Magomed Mustafaev (15-2) in the fifth fight of the day.

Hooker is coming off a clinical shutdown of then number 6-ranked Al Iaquinta and is relishing his first opportunity to headline a UFC card.

While the CKB boys are sure to be the crowd favourites, there are a few other ANZAC's who are gracing the card also. Australian Ben Sosoli (7-2-0) - AKA the Combat Wombat - looks to re-establish himself in the heavyweight division as he faces tough Brazilian veteran Marcos Rogerio de Lima, after an anticlimactic No Contest with heavyweight prospect Greg Hardy.

Hex Fight Series' light-heavyweight champion Jimmy Crute (10-1) looks to bounce back from the only loss of his professional career as he faces dangerous Polish fighter Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-3) in the co-main event.

After being taken out by Brad Riddell in his UFC debut, Australian Jamie Mullarkey (12-3) is back for vengeance as he faces Jalin Turner (8-4-0) in the main fight of the undercard. Australian stalwart Jake Matthews (14-4-0) ups the ante as he takes on the menacing Emil Meek (9-4-1).

Kai Kara-France (20-8) is back to avenge his close decision loss to Brando Moreno, stepping up to fight MMA veteran Tyson Nam (18-10-1). Don't blink for this one, as both men will bring the heat.

Renegade MMA's Callan Potter (18-8) hopes to make it 2-1 in the UFC with a win over Kenan Song (15-5).

The full bout list is given below:

MAIN CARD:

Paul Felder vs Dan Hooker (Lightweight)

Jimmy Crute vs Michal Oleksiejczuk (Light Heavyweight)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Yan Xiaonan (Women's Strawweight)

Ben Sosoli vs Marcos Rogerio de Lima (Heavyweight)

Magomed Mustafaev vs Brad Riddell (Lightweight)

Kevin Aguilar vs Zubaira Tukhugov

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Jamie Mullarkey vs Jalin Turner (Lightweight)

Jake Matthews vs Emil Weber Meek (Welterweight)

Callan Potter vs Song Kenan (Welterweight)

Kai Kara-France vs Tyson Nam (Flyweight)

Loma Lookboonmee vs Hannah Goldy (Women's Strawweight)

Maki Pitolo vs Takashi Sato (Welterweight)

Rachael Ostovich vs Shana Dobson (Women's Flyweight)


Written by Harry Greenfield

Harry Greenfield is New Zealand Fighter’s Executive Editor. Residing in Christchurch, he has a passion for combat sports, especially MMA, and is our man on the scene down south.

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