UFC Auckland main event recap: Felder hints at retirement, Hooker calls for Justin Gaethje next

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This past Saturday, Feb. 22, Paul Felder and Dan Hooker competed in UFC Aucklands main event. The two went to war, leaving everything they had in the octagon.

In the end, Hooker pulled off a razor close split decision win over Felder.

Immediately after the fight, both fighters gave compelling statements in their post-fight interviews.

Felder announced that that fight may have been it for him, and Hooker called for Justin Gaethje to be his next opponent.

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Felder, (35), has a four year old daughter at home and stated that she misses him everytime he goes away to train for a fight.

“That might be it for me,” said Felder. “Man, I’ve got a four year old at home that misses me everytime I go away like this.”

Felder is also an ESPN analyst for UFC events and may not need to fight for money anymore as he’s set himself up nicely within the company, outside of fighting, through commentary and more.

Stay tuned for an official update from Felder as he cleared up that he’ll still go home and consider everything before he makes his final decision on whether or not he’ll retire.

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“I’m not sure, you know I’ll still go back, I’ll talk to my family but it’s an absolute honor to come in here and share the octagon for 25 minutes with this (man).”

Hooker who is now on a three-fight winstreak, made it clear in his post-fight interview that he is looking to continue his climb up the ranks in the UFC’s lightweight division.

“I got my eye on someone, I want the highlight reel. I want Justin Gaethje next. Let’s go,” said Hooker.

Hooker got his wish granted last time when he called out Felder during his post-fight interview. With Hooker just beating the fifth ranked lightweight in Felder, that puts him right in position to fight the fourth ranked lightweight in Gaethje.

Gaethje hasn’t fought since last September and he may want to get something scheduled against a top contender soon, if he wants to stay relevant in the title picture.

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