Dan Hooker meets Mark Diakiese at UFC 219 in Las Vegas


New Zealand lightweight Dan Hooker (14-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) seeks the first two-fight UFC winning streak of his career when he takes on English prospect Marc Diakiese (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). MMAjunkie today confirmed the booking with UFC officials following an initial report from Newshub.co.nz. “The Hangman” and “Bonecrusher” meet at UFC 219, which takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. While the official bout order has yet to be revealed, the night's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Hooker returns to action for the first time since a “Performance of the Night” win over Ross Pearson at June's UFC Fight Night 110 event. The 27-year-old Kiwi has alternated wins and losses during a seven-fight UFC run – a stretch that includes a decision loss to Yair Rodriguez at UFC 192, which represents Hooker's only previous U.S. appearance. Meanwhile, Diakiese is considered a top European prospect and already owns a trio of UFC wins over Teemu Packalen, Frankie Perez and Lukasz Sajewski. However, the 24-year-old Englishman currently seeks to rebound from the first loss of his professional career after suffering a split-decision loss to Drakkar Klose at The Ult…

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