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Dan Hooker explains why he would never coach The Ultimate Fighter

UFC lightweight contender Dan Hooker explained why he would never coach The Ultimate Fighter reality television show.

Hooker’s teammate at City Kickboxing in Auckland, New Zealand, is UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, who is currently coaching the 29th season of TUF opposite featherweight rival Brian Ortega. Speaking to MMA reporter James Lynch in a recent interview, Hooker was asked if he would ever take a page out of Volkanovski’s book and coach TUF one day. Responding no, “The Hangman” explained in detail why he would never coach the show.

“Nah,” Hooker said with a chuckle when asked if he would coach TUF. “It’s not really that (regarding COVID-19 quarantine rules). It’s not really that. I dunno. I just feel like that’s just sharing too much of your system. To me, this is still warfare, like you have to be very smart about what you show other people. Even though you might not be giving anything away really, you’re giving insight into your program and into your system. So for me to do it justice and to give honest coaching experience of the actual system that we train under or we teach, I don’t think I could just give that away to fighters who I have no real investment in. It’s like, these aren’t guys who I’ve trained for five years or 10 years. I feel like those fighters deserve my attention a little bit more.”

It’s an interesting theory from Hooker and one that not many other potential TUF coaches have brought up in the past. Usually, it all boils down to whether or not the UFC offers the fighters enough money to coach the show. But as Hooker demonstrated with his example, there are other considerations that go into whether or not a fighter would be interesting coaching TUF.

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