The MMA hype in Oceania is real, ladies and gentlemen. The UFC is back in New Zealand for another good event, not as grand as the UFC 243, but it brings a competent card for those who will be present at Spark Arena, the capital of New Zealand, for the UFC Auckland .


In the main event of the night, the silver of the house Dan Hooker receives the American of Irish descent Paul Felder in a duel valid for the lightweight category. Shortly before, promising Jim Crute faces Poland's Michal Oleksiejczuk for the light heavyweight division.

The event also brings two more good matches for MMA fans. For the straw category, former challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz faces promising Xiaonan Yan while still on the main card , while Jake Matthews faces Emil Meek for the welterweight category.

If you like violence, you like Paul Felder (17-4 in MMA, 9-4 in the UFC). If you like doorways, you like Paul Felder. And if you like striking at close range, yes, you do like Paul Felder. The “Irish Dragon” is one of the most entertaining fighters in one of the best categories in the world, therefore, it always provides fights that catch the viewer's attention. And the great main confrontation of UFC Auckland is another one of them.

Born knockout, the 35 year old athlete is a striker by vocation. After all, Felder is a second dan black belt in taekwondo and also has a great influence of karate, which directly influence the versatility of the arsenal of strokes, angles and movements. Paul's stance is to attack on the counterattack, always with great precision and volume, mixing good combinations of punches and lethal kicks, and it is worth highlighting the power of using his elbows, which have already knocked out a good sequence of opponents.


When he arrived at UFC, the American suffered from defensive errors, since his guard was constantly leaked, and although his chin has good resistance, it ended up costing him some good moments in the fight. Today, at 35 years of age, Felder is far from suffering from such holes. In the meantime, grappling is often avoided by the athlete, who has a good fall defense enough to stop most of those who try to knock him down. With six wins in his last seven fights, Dan Hooker (19-8 in MMA, 9-4 in the UFC) put the lightweight division in notice that his time has come. The Hangman is at the peak of his career and has lined up several good opponents in his latest fights, such as James Vick and Al Iaquinta.

And if Felder is quite violent, Hooker also does not owe in this regard. The New Zealander game consists of pressing, pressing and knocking out. One of Hooker's biggest problems was the lack of variety when striking and the overconfidence in his powerful and overwhelming hands. That has changed, and today the athlete's arsenal of strikes is vast enough to stand out in the face of most opponents who enter the octagon with him. And like the American, yes, Hooker has an excellent chin and excellent absorption of blows. One point to be highlighted is Dan's grappling , which today is the downside of the New Zealander game. In fact, the athlete goes far from being considered a good grappler and does not always make smart decisions when he is on the ground.