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Kiwi lightweight Dan Hooker floored in round one by UFC newcomer; has he retired? Conor McGregor loses too

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Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

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Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker inside Etihad Enviornment on UFC Struggle Island in Abu Dhabi.

Kiwi light-weight Dan Hooker has been handed a primary spherical TKO defeat by newcomer Michael Chandler on Sunday at UFC 257 on ‘Struggle Island’ in Abu Dhabi.

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It was simply the second TKO loss for Hooker, who was placed on the again foot by a blow to the physique, then took a left to the top that floored him.

If that was a shock, extra adopted as celebrity Irishman Conor McGregor was knocked to the ground by American Dustin Poirier, who had crushed Hooker in his earlier bout.

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Chandler went in for the kill from there, ending the bout swiftly.

Aucklander Hooker, ranked sixth within the light-weight class, eliminated his gloves within the ring, taken as an indication by commentators that he had retired. No official phrase was instantly forthcoming.

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The end is near, as Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker.

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The top is close to, as Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker.

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Three-time Bellator (a rival to the UFC) world champion Chandler had un-ranked standing as a UFC newcomer, with Hooker beginning favorite.

Chandler was a shot at high-profile Irish showman McGregor, till Poirier dealt to him.

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McGregor mentioned inactivity had price him his sharp edge.

“You don’t get away with being inactive on this enterprise. This can be a powerful one to swallow,” he mentioned.

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Poirier unleashed a barrage of blows which McGregor defended nicely at first, solely to finally sink beneath wave-after-wave of assault.

UFC fighter Dan Hooker.

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UFC fighter Dan Hooker.

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