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Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles Lightweight Bout Set for UFC 281

Dan Hooker, UFC London ceremony weigh-in Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Dan Hooker is going back to lightweight for his next assignment.

After briefly reverting to lightweight last March, Hooker (21-12) will be back at 155 pounds in his fight against Claudio Puelez (12-2) at UFC 281 in November.

FordewinMMA The news was first reported on Tuesday. UFC broadcaster ESPN The reservation was confirmed later.

City Kickboxing’s Hooker has given up back-to-back fights, trailing Islam Makhachev with 145 points before taking on Allen. The New Zealand-born fighter, beloved by fans regardless of weight class, is just 1-4 in his last five fights – though aside from Allen and Makhachev, Those losses also came from Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier.

The Executioner will be looking to turn things around against Peru’s Puelles, who will be on a five-game winning streak inside the octagon. Three of those victories came via knee submissions, and two of them received performance bonuses of the night.

Puelles reaches final Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 2016 tournament, lost to Martin Bravo in the lightweight final. Bravo was released 0-3 in the UFC; Puelles hasn’t lost since.

UFC 281 will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12, 2022. The two title fights are the most important, with Israel Adesanya facing Alex Pereira in the main event and Carla Esparza taking on Zhang Weili in the co-main event.

As it stands, the incident currently has the following combat reports:

  • Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Alex Pereira – UFC Middleweight Champion
  • Carla Esparza (c) vs. Weili Zhang – UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship
  • Matt Frevola vs. Ultraman Azata
  • Molly McCann vs. Erin Blanchfield
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gómez Juárez
  • Dominic Reyes vs. Ryan Spann
  • Michael Trizano vs. Seung Woo Choi
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brad Riddle
  • Dan Hook vs. Claudio Price

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