Al Iaquinta faces Dan Hooker at UFC 243 Melbourne
Al Iaquinta (pictured left) faces Dan Hooker at UFC 243 | Pic: via Facebook/AlIaquinta

Lightweight MMA battle between Al Iaquinta and Dan Hooker is a recent addition to UFC 243 fight card. The event takes place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on October 6.

The contest was initially reported by ESPN mid this month, advising that the fighters have verbally agreed to square off. On Thursday the promotion has officially added the bout to the lineup (via Twitter).

Al Iaquinta (14-5) lost his previous bout in May by unanimous decision against Donald Cerrone. Prior to that he scored a unanimous decision against Kevin Lee and dropped a unanimous decision against the current champion in the division Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In his previous bout in July Dan Hooker (18-8) scored “Performance of the Night” when he knocked out James Vick in the first round. Before that he suffered the defeat via third-round stoppage against Edson Barboza, which snapped his four-win streak including the wins against Gilbert Burns, Jim Miller, among others.

In the main event of UFC 243 Robert Whittaker faces Israel Adesanya in the middleweight championship unification. Also on the card Holly Holm takes on Raquel Pennington in the women’s bantamweight battle, and Jake Matthews goes up against Rostem Akman at welterweight.

The current fight card and the list of announced bouts for UFC 243 can be found below. The finalized lineup is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

UFC 243 fight card

Middleweight Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya
Lightweight Dan Hooker vs. Al Iaquinta
Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergey Spivak
Welterweight Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
Heavyweight Yorgan De Castro vs. Justin Tafa
Welterweight Jake Matthews vs. Rostem Akman
Women’s Bantamweight Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Women’s Flyweight Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim

Announced bouts
Women’s Featherweight Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
Bantamweight Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Gustavo Aparecido Da Silva