Dan Hooker wants to fight Al Iaquinta on the UFC 243 card in October

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Top Kiwi contender and #14 ranked UFC lightweight Dan Hooker is coming off of an impressive first-round knockout victory over James Vick at UFC on ESPN 4 event which took place in San Antonio.

With this win, the Kiwi extended his professional MMA record to 18-8-0. Immediately after knocking out Vick, he called out former lightweight title challenger Al Laquita to a fight at UFC 243 which takes place in October and will feature a middleweight title bout between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker.

I feel like I get another shot. I feel like I’m back where I left off. I want a big-name fighter. I want a top-10 guy. If they’re coming down to Melbourne, they need to sell some tickets. But Dan Hooker against a top-10 fighter, I feel like that makes a lot of sense and that sells a lot of tickets.” (Transcription via MMA Junkie)

I feel like (Al) Iaquinta’s the one that makes sense,” Hooker said. “That name definitely stands out to me. Yeah, Iaquinta, October 5th, meet me in Australia. Get him on a plane!

It didn’t take for Al Laquinta to accept the fight as he tweeted it out on Twitter.

Al Laquinta is coming off of a unanimous decision loss against Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 9 last May.

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