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Dan Hooker suffers ‘concussion’ in loss to Barboza, staying in Milwaukee hospital for observation

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Dan Hooker had a rough time against lightweight striker Edson Barboza last night (Sat., Dec. 15, 2018) at UFC on FOX 31 from inside Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, losing to the Brazilian veteran via third-round knockout (body punch).

The finish itself is obviously a tough pill to swallow if you’re Hooker, but it was the punishment the New Zealander sustained prior to the knockout that currently has him posted up in a Milwaukee hospital for observation.

Through 12 minutes of action, Barboza absolutely demolished Hooker with nasty inside leg kicks, numerous spinning kicks the body, stiff jabs, and hard power punches that turned the lightweight into a walking zombie. Hooker somehow survived for as long as he did, but the damage lasted well beyond the final bell.

According to Hooker’s head coach Eugene Bareman, who spoke with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani earlier today, “Hangman” suffered multiple concussions in his co-main event war with Barboza.

“He was visibly concussed several times, I believe,” Bareman said. “We have a very good set of protocols within the gym to take care of him. It’s a ruthless game we play. Painful for me to watch that from a distance, but we have been here before many times, so I’m looking forward to the return.”

Hooker, who was riding a four-fight win streak coming into UFC Milwaukee, surprisingly did not suffer any broken bones in the fight. The 28-year-old still remains one of the most dangerous young contenders in the UFC’s stacked lightweight division and should have no trouble bouncing back from this difficult loss, given “Hangman” makes a full recovery from his current status.

We’ve seen Barboza do this before to some of the best fighters in the game, but nobody has stomached the damage quite like Hooker did. He’s probably too tough for his own good, but Hooker’s performance helped close out UFC’s tenure on FOX.

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