https://twitter.com/danthehangman/status/454008868339605504 Fight fans around the country rejoiced after news broke on Tuesday that the Ultimate Fighting Championship plans on making its first ever New Zealand appearance in June.
Now, the top fighters in the country are campaigning for a chance to compete on the greatest stage in combat sports.
Auckland's Dan "The Hangman" Hooker, current Australian Fighting Championship lightweight champion, is leading the charge riding a five-fight win streak with all five victories coming by stoppage.
Hooker, a representative of Aaron Boyes' Strikeforce gym, is also the current King in the Ring 72kg kickboxing champion.
Fresh off a three month training camp at Phuket's Tiger Muay Thai, "The Hangman" said he didn't mind who he fights should he get a shot.
"I'll fight anyone."
Tiger Muay Thai is the home of world class fighters such as Bryan Ebersole and Roger Huerta.
Hooker now believes he is capable of competing at the top of the sport and entering the talent-rich UFC lightweight division.
"I'm ready to roll," said Hooker.
Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is known for his online presence and regularly interacts with fans and fighters through twitter.
With that in mind, Hooker began a social media campaign using the hash tag #harrassforthehangman and, with the support of his fans, is tweeting top UFC officials in the hopes of earning a shot.
The card, scheduled for June 28, is headlined by Kiwi James Te Huna's middleweight debut against American Nate "The Great" Marquardt.
In his story for the New Zealand Herald, journalist Daniel Richardson reported there was a "strong chance" the card would feature several up and coming Kiwi's.
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Check out Hooker's fight with Edwin Sami at the King in the Ring 72 MAX in the video below.