Dan Hooker Is Finally Back In New Zealand
40 days after leaving New Zealand, Dan Hooker is finally back home … but still stuck in a quarantine hotel.
UFC 257 was quite the trip for New Zealand lightweight Dan Hooker.
Because New Zealand is one of the countries that has managed to completely stamp out COVID-19, getting back in after travelling abroad is quite the elaborate procedure. After leaving for Fight Island on January 11th, Hooker revealed that he’d have to spend a month in Abu Dhabi followed by up to two weeks quarantine back in New Zealand. And not the loosey-goosey kind of quarantine where you stay at home scout’s honor style. Mandatory hotel quarantine with guards and everything.
The good news: after a month sitting around in exile thinking about his first round KO loss to Michael Chandler, Dan Hooker is finally back in his home country. He shared some of the interesting sights and experiences of returning to New Zealand on social media.
Just landed back in NZ, high tech deep clean before we are allowed off the plane pic.twitter.com/yFwZAH3BLv
— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) February 20, 2021
After five weeks away, here he is finally getting to see his wife and kids … from a slight distance.
Getting closer to my girls pic.twitter.com/t9ZyhYEKHZ
— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) February 21, 2021
Fortunately for Dan, he’s not going to be stuck in the hotel room for an entire two weeks. According to an Instagram story, he’ll be out and reunited with his family in the next 48 hours (negative COVID tests permitting, of course).
Total time away from the family: over forty days.
Something tells me we may not see Hooker for a while, so long as it’s this difficult to get in and out of the country. But he will be back. As he said in this Submission Radio interview, the immediate desire to up and quit following the loss to Michael Chandler was followed by the realization he’s not really good at doing anything else.
— Caleb Hyatt (@CalebHyatt) February 1, 2021
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