‘The Hangman’ hung out to dry: Hooker likely to miss UFC 266

Dan Hooker is unlikely to fight at UFC 266 due to a visa issue. Image: UFC.

New Zealand UFC star Dan Hooker is in danger of missing UFC 266 in Las Vegas next week, as he remains without a visa just eight days out from his fight with Nasrat Haqparast.

‘The Hangman’ sent out a series of desperate tweets to acting United States Ambassador of New Zealand, Kevin Covert, after discovering his visa will not be ready until after the fight.

“Hi Kevin, apologies for messaging on here but it’s a last resort. My visa is with the US embassy here in NZ as I fight next week in Las Vegas on #UFC266,” a desperate Hooker tweeted.

“Update today is it won’t be approved until next week due to lock down which will cancel my fight.

“Please help.”

The lightweight star continued his plea with Covert, stating that all documentation was filled out.

“The embassy has my passport and all the completed documentation, all I need is it to be processed and returned.

“This is an absolute last resort.”

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Hooker is one of the UFC’s biggest names, and prior to two consecutive losses to Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier, the New Zealander won seven of his eight previous fights, including an impressive first round finish of Gilbert Burns.

Should Hooker’s visa be approved, he will fight during the preliminary rounds of UFC 266 – his first preliminary round or non-main-event fight in over two years.

The main card of UFC 266 is headlined by a mouth-watering fight with American Brian Ortega challenging undisputed Australian featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.

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