Hooker believes he could become the next challenger by winning



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Hooker believes he could become the next challenger by winning

Aside from the two belt fights, we’ll be watching at the UFC 267 show on Oct. 30, there are a number of other fights we’ll be following with great interest. One of these is certainly the one between Dan Hooker and Islam Makhachev.

Fighters who are close to the very top of the lightweight category should offer a handful of excitement. Dan Hooker delighted the MMA public by accepting a fight on "short notice" against the extremely dangerous Makhachev.

The Dagestani is a fighter that many would rather avoid, but Hooker has always been known as a fighter who does not choose the place, time, and opponent, and so it was this time when he jumped in instead of the injured Rafael dos Anjos.

However, "Hangman" is aware that he can profit well by winning this match. '' Without a doubt, the win puts me in competition to attack the belt. The winner will be one of two who are in the game for the next challenger."

"The second will be the winner of the fight between Gaethje and Chandler. Of course, it also depends on how the title fight unfolds. If Oliveira beats Poirier and Chandler wins his match, do we really want to watch that match again? " A lot of different things can happen.

But yes, the winner of this fight will be one of two guys who will compete for the next challenger. It's a very realistic possibility, '' the New Zealander told MMA Junkie. There are nine days left until the fight, but there has been no "trash talk" between Makhachev and Hooker so far.

Islam's manager Ali Abdelaziz and Khabib Nurmagomedov were louder than the fighter himself who will perform.

Promotion

Hooker believes that this fight does not need additional promotion because the interest of the fans is great "This fight is already sold out.

There is a certain story that needs no addition. Nothing came out of his mouth, he didn't say a word about all this." "People around him say all sorts of things, but I won’t argue with them. I’m fighting Islam, not the guys in his corner and stuff.

He didn't say anything about me and therefore I don't feel like I have anything to say about him, "Hangman added. By the way, Makhachev and Hooker hold fifth and sixth place on the challenger scale and are getting closer to the very top of the category.

Of course, Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler are also in the game to attack the belt after Poirier and Oliveira finish their match in December. However, we must not forget the third-ranked Beneil Dariush, who with seven wins in a row also has valid arguments to attack the lightweight championship belt.