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Dan Hooker on Conor McGregor and UFC 257 presser: “You don’t want to get ‘Who the (expletive) is that guy’d?’”

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Top UFC lightweight contender Dan Hooker is all set to welcome former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler to the UFC in the co-main event of UFC 257.

Ahead of the mega UFC 257 fight card, the promotion will hold a press conference on Thursday involving Dan Hooker, Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier and former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

The event will take place at 8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT.

Dan Hooker vs Conor McGregor

A press conference featuring Conor McGregor is always a treat for fans and the media as the Irishmen is the best trash talker in the game. While Conor McGregor usually has his eyes set at his opponent during the pressers, he doesn’t shy away from talking smack to the other fighters. In an interview with MMAJunkie, Dan Hooker said that he will be looking forward to avoiding the Irishmen’s verbal onslaught.

“To be honest, I’m a fan of the sport – it’ll be pretty surreal to be sitting up with those guys at such a huge press conference like that,” Hooker said. “I don’t put too much thought into it. I’m not a guy who goes away and practices my lines in the mirror or anything like that. I’m going to take it as it comes. Ninety-nine percent of the focus will be on Conor and what he’s going to do and what he’s going to say.”

Dan Hooker will be looking to avoid McGregor’s verbal onslaught

Dan Hooker then gave the example of UFC 205, where McGregor took an iconic dig at Jeremy Stephens.

“You’ve got to be on your toes,” Hooker suggested. “You don’t want to get ‘Who the (expletive) is that guy’d?’ or something like that. He could chuck you in the can in one line.”

Dan Hooker is coming off of a decision loss to Dustin Poirier in June last year. Prior to that, he defeated Paul Felder in a controversial decision. This is an important fight for Dan Hooker as a win could mean, he will back in the mix for title contention.

UFC 257 Fight Card

155 lbs: Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker
125 lbs.: Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Eye
115 lbs.: Amanda Ribas vs. Marina Rodriguez
155 lbs.: Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola
185 lbs.: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Brad Tavares
155 lbs.: Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan
205 lbs.: Marcin Prachnio vs. Khalil Rountree
135 lbs.: Sergey Morozov vs. Umar Nurmagomedov
145 lbs.: Shane Burgos vs. Hakeem Dawodu
135 lbs.: Sara McMann vs. Julianna Pena
185 lbs.: Makhmud Muradov vs. Andrew Sanchez

 

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