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Dan Hooker vs. Jalin Turner Set for UFC 285 on March 4

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

New Zealand lightweight Dan Hooker will return to action on March 4 to take on a top-ten opponent at UFC 285.

Hooker (22-12) will face Jaleen Turner (13-5) in the 155-pound PPV event.The fighter made the announcement during Interview with The Mac Life Tuesday. Cageside Press later confirmed the booking.

“The Executioner” kicked Claudio Puels at UFC 281 in New York City in November, ending a two-fight loss. Before that, he found himself beaten by current lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and England’s Arnold Allen, who beat the latter in a featherweight fight.

Hooker, who is No. 11 in the UFC’s 155-pound class, is No. 10 in Jalin Turner, the number next to Turner’s name that weighs heavily on the fight’s appeal.

Since February 2020, Turner has won five straight. Most recently, he submitted another lightweight from New Zealand, Brad “Quake” Riddle.

UFC 285 will land on March 4, 2023, marking the return of former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who will finally make his way to heavyweight. Jones will fight Ciryl Gane for the vacant heavyweight title following Francis Ngannou’s exit from the organization. The second title fight was between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso.

The following matches have been reported for the campaign, one of two PPVs held in March for the promotion:

Jon Jones vs. Cyril Gunn — For the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship
Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Alexa Grasso — UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion
Viviane Araújo vs. Amanda Ribas
Bonickle vs. Jamie Pickett
Jeff Neal vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov
Derek Brunson vs. Dricus du Plessis
Cody Garbrandt vs. Julio Arce
Julian Marquez vs. Marc-André Barriott
Kamuela Kirk vs. Esteban Ribovics
Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Farid Basharat
Jessica Payne vs. Tabatha Richie
Cameron Saaiman vs. Leomana Martinez

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