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Dan Hooker says UFC gave him extra money to fight Islam Makhachev at UFC 267

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UFC Lightweight contender Dan Hooker will be stepping up to fight the dominant force in the lightweight division Islam Makhachev at UFC 267 on just a month’s notice. Makhachev was expected to face Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 254. However, on October 8, 2020, it was reported that dos Anjos tested positive for COVID-19 and he was removed from the bout. The fight was again targeted for UFC Fight Night 182 but this time it was reported that Makhachev was forced to pull from the event due to a staph infection. Now the fight was scheduled to take place at UFC 267 but Rafael pulled out this time citing an injury and is replaced by Dan Hooker

Dan Hooker replaces Rafael dos Anjos to fight Islam Makhachev at UFC 267 - dan hooker

Dan Hooker last fought at UFC 266 just one week back against Nasrat. He won the fight via decision after dominating his opponent for three rounds. He bounced back from his last two losses against top contenders Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler.

Dan Hooker reveals he will get good money to fight Islam Makhachev

Speaking with The Mac Life on Thursday, Hooker says that he was offered a good amount of money by the UFC to fight Islam which he couldn’t refuse he also said that he had lots of time to spend before going home.

“I knew I was the only guy, the only real option,” Hooker said. “But yeah, they called me up and I’m a happy man! I’ll see you in Abu Dhabi! (Laughs) I called up the missus, get out the red panties baby! (Laughs)

“Now it’s indefinite. It’s not like it’s just stupid money. It’s money to justify what they’re asking me to do, right? They’re asking me to pretty much leave my country so with that I need enough to set up a life here for however long. Because there’s Kiwis that have been stuck out of New Zealand for a couple of years now, so it’s all well and good being like, yeah, I’ll take the risk but not being able to go home for a couple of years is daunting to a lot of people.”

Dan Hooker stated that if he gets a win over Islam it will put him in a spot that will be close to the title shot.

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“Just the feeling I get off of it, they’re so desperate on getting Islam this fight because they’re trying to, obviously, Dubai, there’s a huge fan base there, but they’re trying to get him to the title, right?” Hooker said “And you can’t a title eliminator where only if one of the guys wins (he gets a title shot). Then it’s not a title eliminator, then it’s just something else. So I feel like this is a title eliminator. I feel with a dominant showing here, definitely lines yourself up for the belt. Besides that it would be between us or (Michael) Chandler- (Justin) Gaethje. That’s the logical next fight for whoever. It comes down to whoever puts on the best performance out of those two fights.”

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Dan Hooker replaces Rafael dos Anjos and will fight against Islam Makhachev at UFC 267
  • Dan Hooker was offered good money by the UFC to fight Islam

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