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Anir Bularee
Anir Bularee

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Any idea on when the hangman is back and who he's fighting?

Read this beauty... @ogaddmma also are they still doing those daft COVID rules in New Zealand where he has to go into quarantine for ages?

The Dan Hooker Dilemma

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Ollie Gadd

As far as I'm aware New Zealand is out of quarantine and their athletes can travel freely. Volkanovski has been training back at City Kickboxing so I feel like that's a good sign anyway.

No news on a Hooker fight so far as I'm aware, I wanted to see him vs Bobby Green but it looks like Green is getting Jim Miller so I'm not sure what you do with him. I'd like to see him take an unranked guy to build some confidence back (or let us know if Hooker is really declining), but if he's insistent on getting right back into the mix then you'd think Tony Ferguson is the only fight that makes a modicum of sense right now

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Anir Bularee Author

Tony Ferguson is the only fight that makes a modicum of sense right now

Up for this one! Both coming of losses too... Ferguson v Hooker makes total sense. Did I see somewhere that Izzy has refused to fight in NZ ever again?

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Ollie Gadd

You did, after NZ's treatment of their fighters during COVID. Izzy (and I assume he speaks for most of CKB in this) won't fight there ever again and I guess considers Australia his home crowd

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Lee
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Lee

Looks like Dan Hooker has made some changes..

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Ollie Gadd

Yeah, he mentioned on Submission Radio that he's got a manager handling his fights now so he stops putting himself into stupid short notice fights halfway across the world, hoping he gets a fight before the end of the year

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Lee

He was managing himself? Ah man, I really do wish that there was a better business blueprint for athletes in this sport.

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Anir Bularee Author

MMA is still full of sharlatans - still a very young sport, I was hoping the Ali act would get invoked..

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Joe (MMA Hive)

Yer, I've heard from other lower-level fighters that it's so common to be thrown into fights days or weeks just to get that paycheck.

It's sad that it happens at the top, too.

Love to see some "unionisation" for fighters. Base salary and healthcare minimums for those at the top. It'll trickle down to other orgs over time.

Just don't see enough big fighters pushing for it. End of the day, they're getting paid nicely regardless so it doesn't affect them enough to care about it.

Hooker is a fine example of an "anytime, anywhere" fighter but now look where that's got him. He really had incredible talent and some of the BEST fighters around him to train with, but I think this last run of fights has done some harm to his body and mind that he's struggling to bounce back from.

If he had some basics in place... might be different risks he was taking.

But it's a struggle to argue against "get paid when you appear to fight" 'cause that's where the money is made.

But does UFC earn enough annually that they should be forced to do it anyway?

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Lee

Just don't see enough big fighters pushing for it. End of the day, they're getting paid nicely regardless so it doesn't affect them enough to care about it.

Fighters like Chandler etc...? They seem to have a totally different relationship with the UFC brass, same with athletes like Bisping, well looked after by the UFC, very close to Dana.

Hooker is a fine example of an "anytime, anywhere" fighter

I am only just learning this, for some reason I thought he was managed by Paradigm Sports.