Entering Saturday night’s main card at UFC Auckland, surging lightweights Paul Felder and Dan Hooker prepared to battle to cement themselves among the elite of the 155-pound division. With both men riding violent win streaks enter their scrap, the fight had fireworks written all of it.
But while both met poured their blood across the canvas for 25 minutes, it was Hooker who took home the hard-fought split decision. Felder would also hint at retirement during his post-fight press conference.
Below is how the pros reacted a wild night action at UFC Auckland.
Dan Hooker defeats Paul Felder by split decision
I think Felder.— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) February 23, 2020
What a fight! Super close. I had it slightly for @felderpaul but congrats to both warriors @danthehangman ... I really hope that wasn’t the last time we see Paul in there. But if it is congrats on a great career. #UFCAuckland— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) February 23, 2020
What a great fight @felderpaul & Dan Hooker just had. They gave everything. Props to both— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) February 23, 2020
Bullshit— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 23, 2020
This decision is a joke— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) February 23, 2020
Amazing fight— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 23, 2020
Nah. You can't get bombed on for 3 rounds and win They robbed Felder #UFCAuckland— "Tango" T. Edwards (@tango_mma) February 23, 2020
Jim Crute submits Michal Oleksiejczuk
Xiaonan Yan defeats Karolina Kowalkiewicz by unanimous decision
Marcos Rogerio de Lima knocks out Ben Sosoli
De Lima looked super sharp in that fight!— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) February 23, 2020
Brad Riddell defeats Magomed Mustafaev by split decision
Brad Riddell!— Brett Johns UFC (@36Johns) February 23, 2020
TAKE A BOW!