Phuket Top Team’s Ian Entwistle rumored to face Dan Hooker at UFC Fight Night 43

The UFC has a brand new UK fighter on its ever-expanding roster of talents and his name is Ian Entwistle (8-1).

While the 27-year-old today announced on his personal Facebook account of his signing with the promotion, The MMA Corner, meanwhile, confirmed with sources close in New Zealand, that he will be facing Dan Hooker (10-4) at UFC Fight Night 43 next month.

UFC Fight Night 43 takes place June 28 at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. This will be the UFC’s first pit-stop in New Zealand and the card is already shaping up to be a good one with some prominent names on board including James Te Huna, Nate Marquardt, Hatsu Hioki, Charles Oliveira and Robert Whittaker among others.

Now, Entwistle-Hooker has been (reportedly) added to the mix.

Entwistle (8-1), from Accrington, first garnered excessive media attention worldwide for his exquisite heel hook finish of Liam James under the Cage Wariors banner late last year. Regarded as one of the top prospects out of the UK, ‘Enty’ is currently riding on a four fight win streak and is in fact, yet to see a second round in all his Mixed Martial Arts outings to date.

“I have signed a four fight contract with the UFC, worth more money than I have ever had in my life. This is a dream come true for me and I have been given permission to tell the world,” Entwistle stated, on his Facebook account. “This is just the beginning for me and I will be the first English champion of the UFC or die in the cage trying. I want to thank everyone who has ever helped and believed in me along the way, we are in this together and I am going to show the world I AM THE MAN and put Accrington on the map.”

His opponent, 24-year-old Hooker, enters the promotion on a five-fight winning run. He is expected to relinquish his Lightweight title under the AFC banner as he gears up for his UFC debut. Hooker is also known for his stint with the now defunct Legend FC promotion.

With that, the updated UFC Fight Night 43 line-up now includes:

  • James Te Huna vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt
  • Hatsu Hioki vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Neil Magny vs. Claudio Silva
  • Vik Grujic vs. Chris Indich
  • Robert Whittaker vs. Mike Rhodes
  • Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante
  • Jon delos Reyes vs. Richie Vaculik
  • *Ian Entwistle vs. Daniel Hooker

*Not formerly announced

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Author:Thinesh John

20, Asian MMA nerd in Singapore.

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