Mixed martial arts: Auckland's City Kickboxing members warned again after another COVID-19 lockdown breach

Members of Auckland's City Kickboxing mixed martial arts squad have been warned for a second time, after another breach of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Last week, police warned City Kickboxing for breaching Auckland's Alert Level 4 restrictions, after UFC fighter Dan Hooker set up camp inside the Mt Eden gym to prepare for a fight against Nasrat Haqparast at Las Vegas this month.

Several other fighters and a coach were also living in the gym, and training for upcoming bouts in New Zealand and around the world.

Newshub understands police have issued a second warning, after Kiwi UFC lightweight Dan Hooker, two teammates and one of his coaches were found training at Hooker's Combat Academy in Ellerslie.

"We have been contacted by Police about a small group of fighters training at Combat Academy," City Kickboxing manager Eugene Bareman tells Newshub. "We received a warning and will comply with that warning."

Hooker is three weeks away from a fight at UFC 266 in Las Vegas, and is awaiting visa clearence to enter the United States and resume fulltime training before the bout.

Last week, City Kickboxing spokesman Mike Angove said the gym believed it was operating within New Zealand COVID restrictions.

"We had done this in the previous lockdown and had received a visit from the police to check the situation, which they approved and allowed to operate," Angove said.

"In addition, that lockdown camp had several national and international news stories written about it.

"Since lockdown began, we've done at least four media interviews where we have mentioned we were in a lockdown camp in the gym - in other words, it was no secret and we were of the understanding we were in compliance with COVID regulations."