UFC 266 Update: Dan Hooker, Nasrat Haqparast to Collide in Las Vegas on Sept. 25

By: Tristen Critchfield
Aug 21, 2021


Dan Hooker will square off against Nasrat Haqparast in a lightweight duel at UFC 266.

The pairing was announced during the UFC on ESPN 29 broadcast on Saturday night. UFC 266 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 25 and is headlined by a featherweight championship clash between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega. Hooker vs. Haqparast is slated for the preliminary portion of the card.

Hooker will look to snap a two-bout skid after falling to Michael Chandler via first-round TKO at UFC 257 and losing to Dustin Poirier by unanimous decision in the UFC on ESPN 12 main event. Prior to that, “The Hangman” had been victorious in seven of his last eight promotional appearances, with notable victories over the likes of Paul Felder, Al Iaquinta, Gilbert Burns and Jim Miller.

Haqparast, meanwhile, enters the pairing with victories in five of his last six outings. The 25-year-old Tristar Gym representative was able to rebound from a KO loss to Drew Dober at UFC 246 with back-to-back decision triumphs over Alex Munoz and Rafa Garcia.

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