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Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast Back on Track After Visas Cleared Ahead of UFC 266



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It may be a photo finish, but both Dan Hooker and Nasrat Haqparast have been traveling to Las Vegas since Thursday afternoon.

New Zealand Hooker (20-10) voiced concerns a week ago
social media for a timely visa to compete in UFC 266. After contacting his appropriate consulate, Hooker received his passport to travel on Thursday, where he flew out of his country of origin.


Unexpectedly, Haqparast’s opponent (13-3) also had visa problems to enter the United States for this card shortly after Hooker went through the same issues. On Monday, Haqparast expressed
that he was struggling to get his own visa for travel from Germany. He also asked those on Twitter to help him on his journey, and on Thursday morning, he was processed and approvedBoth Hooker and Haqparast will fly from New Zealand and Germany, respectively, to compete at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The race is still scheduled at 155kg and both plan to lose weight on their flights before arriving in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

Hooker will aim to break his first series of defeats in over a decade in this event. In the “Fight of the Year” nominee, Hooker relegated with Dustin Poirier to the UFC on ESPN 12 by decision. Seven months later, he returned to face Ultimate Fighting Championship champion Michael Chandler and suffered his first defeat in the first round of his career. Prior to that fall, the Kiwi had won seven of the eight, with their only defeat to Edson Barboza in a run that included victories over names such as Paul Felder, Gilbert Burns and Al Iaquinta.

The Afghan-born German Haqparast won his last two, taking decisions over Alex Munoz and Rafa Garcia. Tristar Gym has a 69 percent career knockout rate, although it has only recorded one knockout in its five UFC victories when it left Joaquin Silva in 2019. Decisions about Marc Diakiese and Thibault Gouti strengthen his resume. although Drew Dober lost consciousness in 70 seconds in early 2020 to deliver to Haqparast his first stop loss due to strikes.

UFC 266 continues at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a big two-title card. The main event sees the coaches of season 29 of “The Ultimate Fighter” banging on the wing strap as champion Alexander Volkanovski confronts Brian Ortega. The support corresponds to champion zebra Valentina Shevchenko against the strong wrestler Lauren Murphy. Typically high on the main card is a replay of five rounds of middleweight between Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler.

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