The main event of the UFC Fight Night 168 tournament, which will be held in New Zealand, will be the fight between Dan Hooker and Paul Felder. Two top lightweight fighters will fight in a 5-round duel. Will this fight come to a decision and which of the fighters has a better chance of success? We will try to answer this question in our prediction.

Dan Hooker

30-year-old fighter representing New Zealand. Hooker made his debut at the UFC in 2014 and at first, was completely unstable. Every now and then alternated wins with defeats. But since 2017, he “caught the wave” and entered a series of wins from 4 fights. The neighbors of the vanquished were such serious fighters as Mark Diaquesi, Jim Miller and Gilbert Burns.

Interrupted the winning streak by Edson Barboza, who knocked out Hooker in the 3rd round. Then Dan knocked out James Wick and went to Al Yakin. Track record: 19 wins, 10 by knockout, 7 by submission, 2 by decision, 8 defeats.

Paul Felder

The 35-year-old American has been playing at the UFC since 2014. He was more stable but did not reach the champion level. After losing to Mike Perry, he defeated James Wick with a decision and took revenge against Edson Barboza, also a decision in a close match. Track record: 17 wins, 10 by knockout, 6 decision, 1 submission, 4 defeats.

Dan Hooker vs Paul Felder Prediction

Let’s start as usual with anthropometry, where Dan has the edge. It is slightly higher, but its arm span is as much as 13 cm more. This is a lot of importance since the battle is likely to take place in the stance.

Both rarely resort to fighting. Both prefer a stand. But if anyone can conduct a submission, then this is a Hooker. He wons over his career many times and most often used the guillotine. But in the UFC, he retrained into a clean drummer.

Therefore, an advantage in anthropometry will be important for Dan. He throws a lot and a lot of accents. With the same accuracy as the fighters, it is the Hooker who brings more blows. Paul is not a puncher, especially in the final stages of a career. And Dan, on the contrary, has very hard punches and kicks, which is why many fighters prefer to conduct a neat battle with him, such as Yakvinta.

Imperfect protection in both. Say more, Hooker is not defending at all. And Paul misses a lot because he often arranges exchanges. Persistence at height both at Felder and at Hooker. Lost ahead of schedule only once in a career.

Choosing a favorite, we start from such parameters as a youth, aggression, anthropometry, and recent performances. In all aspects, Dan has the edge. In addition, he will fight at home. So this, at a minimum, will add motivation to him.