Dan Hooker has always been realistic in his approach to fighting; it's all about working towards the bigger picture of setting up his future.
The Kiwi UFC star has paved the way for New Zealand mixed martial arts on the biggest stage in the sport, continuing the work done by Mark Hunt and James Te Huna before him.
It's a stage viewed with rose-tinted glasses by many of those aspiring to reach it, but Hooker wants to change that outlook.
"When you're not in the UFC, you think getting into the UFC is everything," he says. "Once you are in