FIVE-IN-FIVE WITH DAN 'HANGMAN' HOOKER

New gym, newborn child, wifey and full-time fighter: do you sleep?

I'm lucky that I made my passion my job so I feel like I never have to work. The hard training I love and can't live without and coaching is my hobby. Keeping balance is the most important part and my priority is always making time for my family.

You've fought from 145lb to 205lb throughout your MMA career. You look great at 155lb; talk to us about this division and whether you would ever move up again.

No plans at this stage, lightweight is very easy for me to make and doesn't take a toll on my body at all.

Loved the TV show "Frenemies" with Israel Adesanya - any chance this will resurge?

Yeah, I would like to get that going again, was super fun to film with the bro. Getting paid to chat shit for an hour wasn't the hardest job I've ever had haha.

Eugene Bareman from CKB just won MMA Coach of the year - describe your relationship with the mad scientist / evil genius...

He has taught me so much over the years and I'll continue to learn for him for the rest of my fighting and coaching careers.

UFC Auckland is upcoming and you are headlining - how good does it feel seeing your mug on those billboards and across the world?

I think it's cool for the people in the NZ fight community who have followed me since I was fighting on the local MMA scene. To see how far the sport has come in such a short space of time.

Don't miss all the action in Auckland at Spark Arena 23rd February - Tickets available here!

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Written by Isaac Savage

As a young lad, I marched into the dojo after only a couple of minutes I knew I had found my passion. As former fighter here in Aotearoa and abroad my expertise is from experience and the love of the game. I focus on stand up sports ( Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Boxing ) however I still have an insatiable addiction for MMA and anything in relation to Martial Arts.

People often ask what gets you out of bed in the morning?
Simply put it's my love of Martial Arts, nothing makes me happier than covering an event where two warriors put everything on the line and leave nothing for the road home!

If you have an upcoming event and would like it covered, by all means just give me a call.