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Dan Hooker says he is going to spoil Islam Makhachev’s party at UFC 267

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UFC lightweight Dan Hooker has laid out his plans for his fight against Islam Makhachev at UFC 267. Dan Hooker who has stepped to fight Islam on a one-month’s notice has stated that it’s Islam Makhchev’s party at UFC 267 and Dan is planning to spoil it by defeating him in their matchup. Islam Makhachev was previously targeted to fight former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 267 but Rafael pulled out due to an injury and was replaced by Dan Hooker who took the fight on one month notice. Dan Hooker is confident in himself that he’ll be able to stop the Islam Makhachev’s hype train in their fight.

Dan Hooker wants five rounds with Islam Makhachev

At UFC 267 media day, Dan Hooker talked about his matchup with Islam and what he has planned for this fight.

“That train of thought never appealed to me, or I never understood discrediting an opponent’s achievements leading into a fight,” Hooker said Wednesday at UFC 267’s media day. “Because when you beat them, you’re just downplaying your own achievements. I have no intention to nitpick his past or nitpick any of his achievements and kind of downplay them. That’s not even how I approach it mentally.”

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“I want to fight him because he is a specialist. I want to fight him because there is so much intrigue. I want to fight him because he is considered the best grappler in the division. I want to fight the best people in the world, and he’s considered one of the best people in the world. That’s why I want to fight him. I don’t want to fight him because I think he’s an easy target. It doesn’t make sense to discredit him. He’s deserved everything he’s achieved. This is his party. I’m just here to spoil it. That’s my whole plan.”

Dan Hooker

Dan Hooker talked about the fight being a grappler vs striker matchup but he is also aware that Islam has got knockout powers in his hands and has also knockout wins in his resume. He plans to implement his game plan on Islam but at the same time, he is not going to underestimate Islam’s striking skills.

“He’s standing up,” Hooker said. “That’s why I say a broken clock is right twice a day. He’s got a couple of knockouts. He’s hurt some people. He can strike. Obviously, it’s purely to set up his takedowns. His striking is to set up his takedowns.”

What do you guys think of this matchup between Dan Hooker and Islam Makhachev?

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Dan Hooker plans to stop Islam Makhachev’s hype train
  • Dan Hooker is not going to underestimate Islam’s striking

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