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UFC Auckland: Fight card, start times and info

Get all the information you need ahead of UFC Auckland, where hometown hero Dan Hooker battles Paul Felder in the main event!

The UFC returns to New Zealand tonight with UFC Auckland. It’s the first UFC event in the country for over a year, as the last event in New Zealand was in June 2017. The main event sees an exciting clash of top-ranked lightweights. Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder goes to enemy territory to take on Dan “The Hangman” Hooker, and the winner will be catapulted into the upper echelon of the division. While the fight started out like any other, Felder joking about Hooker’s last name has now turned this into a grudge match.

Other news:

Light heavyweights Jimmy Crute and Michal Oleksiejczuk will clash in the co-main event, in a bout that is not expected to go the distance.  Former strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz takes on Chinese sensation Xiaonan Yan in a pivotal bout for the division, and heavyweights Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Ben Sosoli collide. The full fight card and start times for UFC Auckland can be found below.

UFC Auckland Main Card | 7:00pm ET on ESPN+

Lightweight Main Event – Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooke
Light Heavyweight – Jimmy Crute vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Strawweight – Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Xiaonan Yan
Heavyweight – Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Ben Sosoli
Lightweight – Magomed Mustafaev vs. Brad Riddell
Featherweight – Kevin Aguilar vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

UFC Auckland Prelims | 4:00pm ET on ESPN+

Lightweight – Jalin Turner vs. Josh Culibao
Welterweight – Jake Matthews vs. Emil Meek
Welterweight – Song Kenan vs. Callan Potter
Flyweight – Kai Kara-France vs. Tyson Nam
Strawweight – Angela Hill vs. Loma Lookboonmee
Welterweight – Maki Pitolo vs. Takashi Sato
Flyweight – Shana Dobson vs. Priscila Cachoeira

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com