Knees the decider in Hooker, Riddell and Compton fights
  • Knees the decider in Hooker, Riddell and Compton fights
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  • Apr 27
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  • By Katrina Mahoney

Last weekend was big for Engage athletes across the globe.

Dan Hooker fought on UFC Fight Night 128 and Brad Riddell and Elliot Compton made their ONE Championship debuts on ONE: Heroes of Honor. Although the results varied from Atlantic City to Manila, one particular technique reigned supreme. All three bouts were determined by knee strikes.

Dan “Hangman” Hooker, for the second time in his UFC career, knocked his opponent out with a perfectly-timed knee. In a finish closely resembling his knock out of Ross Pearson, the 28-year-old took out legend Jim Miller in just three minutes.

Standing six-feet tall, it’s clear Hooker’s physical dimensions make him a challenging lightweight opponent, particularly as he's so proficient in taking advantage of that. Since his move from featherweight, he continues to look more impressive with each appearance.

Hooker became just the second man to knock out the veteran of 41 fights. Hooker, now 16-7, has won three fights in a row via stoppage and is gaining significant momentum.

In his post-fight interview with Paul Felder, Hooker gave respect to Miller and seized the opportunity to call out a well-placed potential opponent.

“All respect to Jim Miller, he’s a legend of the sport and it was an honour to fight him inside the Octagon,” Hooker said before turning to Felder.

“I want a ranked opponent next and I just so happened to be standing across from a ranked opponent without a fight, so if you’ll do me the honour next, we could get Sean [Shelby] to match it up.”

Hooker previously spoke about wanting a ranked opponent and Felder would be an ideal choice at #14 after being left opponentless at UFC 223. Although Felder appreciated the “guts” of Hooker, he has since posted on Twitter hinting at a match up with James Vick.

 

 

Last Friday was a more disappointing night for Brad Riddell and Elliot Compton who were both unsuccessful in their ONE Championship debuts on the Heroes of Honor card.

New Zealand’s Brad “Quake” Riddell fought a very close and thrilling contest with Dutchman Regian “The Immortal” Eersel in the inaugural bout of the ONE Super Series.

Riddell outworked Eersel in round one and due to his tenacity in round three, it appeared as though he would clinch that also. However, it was likely the second round which swayed the judges to award Eersel with the decision victory. “The Immortal” landed a solid knee to Riddell’s midsection which forced him to the mat.

Riddell had signed a one-fight deal with ONE prior to the bout, but a performance like that will likely have him back sooner rather than later.

In the inaugural muay thai bout of the ONE Super Series, Elliot “The Dragon” Compton took on Brazilian legend Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre.

Compton was the more active fighter in the opening round which likely put him ahead on the score cards. Then in the second, Alexandre began to find his rhythm and show his veteran experience. “Good Boy” landed an uppercut which snapped Compton’s head back and followed up with a knee to the liver which crumpled Compton. Unable to continue, Alexandre was declared the winner via KO.

Compton has five more fights on his deal with ONE Championship.

  • Apr 27
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  • Katrina Mahoney

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