UFC Fight Night Poirier vs Hooker: 5 reasons to be excited

  1. Dustin Poirier vs Dan Hooker is destined to be a must-watch fight

The 155-pound division has long been held up as the most exciting group of fighters in the UFC and this match-up proves exactly why this is justified. In Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker you have just one of the many match-ups that physically can’t deliver. Both men push themselves to the absolute limit every single time and have given us some of the best fights in recent years, Poirier vs Gaethje and Hooker vs Felder spring immediately to mind.

In Poirier you’ve got a guy that in recent years has smashed through the lightweight rankings on his way to winning interim gold by beating some of the very best in the sport. Wins over Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway have solidified Poirier as not only one of the best lightweights in the world, potentially one of best in the world period. Dan Hooker is on a very similar path to the one Poirier was on several fights ago. Since losing a very one-sided fight to Edson Barboza, Hooker has regained his momentum with three straight wins against James Vick, Al Iaquinta and Paul Felder and now only needs that win over a guy at very top of the tree to put himself in title contention. This has fight of the year contender written all over it.

2. Mike Perry vs Mickey Gall is a fight no one saw coming

Mike Perry and Mickey Gall are two of the most up and down fighters in the UFC yet are two of the most talked about fighters whenever their fights are announced. Mike Perry, whether you love him or hate him, is quite the character and is guaranteed entertainment in the cage. Mickey Gall, on the other hand, has had all but one of his professional fights inside the UFC. Since submitting CM Punk and Sage Northcutt back-to-back, Gall has not been able to live up to the attention he has got, going 2-2 since those fights in 2016.

3. A main card statement

Two fighters in Brendan Allen and Sean Woodson are worth keeping an eye on for this event. Both were scheduled to face other opponents but they were forced to pull out. Both coming through in the contender series, their names may be unknown to some fans but there’s a good chance of either making a statement this weekend. Allen has had two fights in the UFC, earning two good wins over Kevin Holland and Tom Breese. Woodson impressed on his contender series showing, winning via flying knee and following this up with a win over Kyle Bochniak on his debut.

4. Luis Pena vs Kharma Worthy is a fantastic prelim match-up

Luis Pena was one of the big talking points coming off of his season of The Ultimate Fighter. Since then, he’s stayed very active and aside from a split decision loss to Matt Frevola, is on a good run. Khama Worthy impressed everyone when he stepped in on a weeks notice to fight the undefeated Devonte Smith and stopped him in the first round in his first UFC outing. Now he gets a big chance against a well-known face in the division whilst Pena can look to steal Worthy’s momentum for his own current run.

5. An all Invicta showcase

Opening up the prelims are two of Invicta’s key fighters in recent years, both making their promotional debuts. Korean-American Jinh Yu Frey is the former Invicta atomweight champion and has a record of 9-4. Her opponent Kay Hansen will come into the UFC as the second-youngest fighter on the roster just in front of Chase Hooper. 20-year old Hansen has a record of 6-3 with all but one of her pro fights taking place in Invicta.

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