Dan Hooker does not believe in the ‘hype’ around Makhachev



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Dan Hooker does not believe in the ‘hype’ around Makhachev

New Zealander Dan Hooker will have an extremely difficult match in eight days. Islam Makhachev will be his opponent, and the Dagestani has a reputation as a fighter that most categories avoid. Khabib’s legitimate successor from fight to fight is getting better and is slowly approaching the very top of the category.

Despite all the reputation of an almost invincible guy that Makhachev enjoys, Hooker has accepted the fight as "short notice" and is quite convinced that Islam Makhachev is not as good a fighter as his manager Ali Abdelaziz and friend Khabib Nurmagomedov said.

'' I'm not so sure (of his invincibility). They try to create a mentality in him that convinces him that he is indestructible. I don’t fall for that story." "He pulls on his pants the same way I do.

He's not Superman. I am quite confident, '' Hooker said in an interview with the gathered media, and then he described how he would like to win. '' Winning by choking or hitting him with my knee would cause a good feeling inside me, I would feel warmth in my stomach.

That way I would really silence everyone if I showed up there and totally dominated him." "What will people say then? I want to prove where I belong in this category when it comes to grappling and I plan to make it funny.

That is my intention and plan for this fight, '' Hooker added.

Hooker on Makhachev's skills

The 31-year-old "Hangman" believes that Makhachev cannot finish him and believes that he knows his tactics in advance.

However, Islam Makhachev's tactics are always known, but the real temptation is the way to stop the Dagestani. '' The only way he can beat me is by decision. He will try to keep me down through two rounds. That will be their plan as they enter the fight."

"He doesn’t use ‘GNP’ particularly much, nor is he a particularly dangerous submission specialist. Makhachev is more based on the pressure and fatigue of opponents who then surrender and he comes to submission."

"Charles Oliveira for example is the complete opposite. He is a real, skilled submission specialist and catches opponents in such ways in various ways, "said the New Zealander. But Abdelaziz and Khabib Nurmagomedov said that Dan Hooker accepted the fight only because of the money and that his only chance to win was with a "lucky punch"

Hooker believes they still respect his skills. '' They can say what they want, but I know they fully appreciate my skills. There is no dilemma, '' Dan concluded.