Hooker to give Chandler a Kiwi welcome at UFC 257

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New Zealand's own Dan "Hangman" Hooker gives Michael Chandler a Kiwi welcome to the UFC 257.

UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 will take place on January 23 at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

It was announced about an hour ago that Hooker will fight at the upcoming event.

UFC 257 will also see a lightweight rematch between former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and former interim champion Dustin Poirier/

They met previously in a featherweight bout at UFC 178 in September 27, 2014, where McGregor won by first round TKO.

A bantamweight bout between promotional newcomers Umar Nurmagomedov and Sergey Morozov was initially scheduled to take place at UFC 254, but Nurmagomedov pulled out due to an illness.

The pairing was rescheduled for this event.

A flyweight bout between Amir Albazi and Zhalgas Zhumagulov was expected to take place at UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Clark, but Zhumagulov pulled out due to visa issues and the bout was rescheduled for this event.

Former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson was expected to face Amanda Ribas in a women's strawweight bout at this event.

However, Waterson pulled out of the bout in early December due to undisclosed reasons. She's been replaced by Marina Rodriguez.

Tagir Ulanbekov was briefly scheduled to face returning veteran Matheus Nicolau in a flyweight bout.

However, Ulanbekov withdrew due to undisclosed reasons and a replacement is currently being sought.

A middleweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia light heavyweight winner Andrew Sanchez and André Muniz was expected to take place at this event.

In late December, Muniz withdrew due to an injury and was replaced by Makhmud Muradov.

A women's bantamweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate bantamweight winner Julianna Peña and former UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship challenger Sara McMann (also 2004 Olympic silver medalist in wrestling) was originally scheduled to take place a week earlier at UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar, but it was eventually pushed back to this event.

Main card

Lightweight: Dustin Poiriervs.Conor McGregor

Women's Flyweight: Jessica Eyevs.Joanne Calderwood

Light Heavyweight: Khalil Rountree Jr.vs.Marcin Prachnio

Women's Strawweight: Marina Rodriguezvs.Amanda Ribas

Middleweight: Brad Tavaresvs.Antônio Carlos Júnior

Lightweight: Matt Frevolavs.Ottman Azaitar

Featherweight: Shane Burgosvs.Hakeem Dawodu

Announced bouts

  • Lightweight bout: Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler

  • Lightweight bout: Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan

  • Bantamweight bout: Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Sergey Morozov

  • Flyweight bout: Matheus Nicolau vs. TBD

  • Middleweightbout: Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov​​​​​​​

  • Women's Bantamweight bout: Julianna Peña vs. Sara McMann

-Additional information from Wikipedia.