Khabib Nurmagomedov says Islam Makhachev will maul Dan Hooker in their fight at UFC 267

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Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has stated that his best friend and training partner Islam Makhachev will not only defeat Dan Hooker but maul him in their fight at UFC 267. Islam Makhachev was scheduled to fight Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 267. But just a month before the fight Rafael pulled out and was replaced by Dan Hooker who is coming of a win over Nasrat at UFC 266. Khabib says that Islam will definitely beat Hooker and that too in a convincing fashion. Khabib Nurmagomedov feels that the only way Hooker can win this fight is with a lucky punch.

Islam Makhachev is at the moment the toughest fight for anyone in the lightweight division. The sole reason for that is his fighting style which resembles former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov who is Islam’s friend and training partner. Dan Hooker has taken the fight with Islam with just one month to prepare which makes the fight even more difficult for him. Though Khabib feels it will also be a big fight for Islam he can win it easily.

Khabib Nurmagomedov talks about Islam Makhachev vs Dan Hooker

“Islam vs. Dan Hooker is gonna be a very big challenge for Islam,” Nurmagomedov said during an interview in front of fans in Harrogate, U.K. “It’s gonna be a good challenge. He’s (Hooker) No. 6 in the rankings, but I think Hooker never fought someone like Islam. All his fights have been against striker. I don’t know what he’s going to do with Islam’s wrestling, pressure, dominance on the ground, how he’s gonna stop him. Only one thing he has is a lucky punch. Without this, 99 percent Islam mauls him.”

Islam is riding on an amazing eight-fight winning streak in the UFC. He hasn’t faced much adversity in his UFC career. Makhachev is coming off back-to-back submission finishes of Drew Dober and Thiago Moises. Khabib Nurmagomedov on numerous occasions has said that Islam will be the future champion of the division. The No.1 contender in the division, Dustin Poirier also recently said that he believes Islam will be his toughest matchup considering the fact that he is just like Khabib. The fight will be an intriguing matchup as it is between a wrestler and a striker.

UFC 267:

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira  for the light heavyweight title
  • Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen – for the interim bantamweight title
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Dan Hooker
  • Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Li Jingliant
  • Shamil Gamzatov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Virna Jandiroba vs. Amanda Ribas
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
  • Damir Ismagulov vs. Magomed Mustafaev
  • Makwan Amirkhani vs. Lerone Murphy
  • Alen Amedovski vs. Hu Yaozong
  • Allan Nascimento vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
  • Albert Duraev vs. Roman Kopylov


  • Dan Hooker to fight Islam Makhachev
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Dan Hooker will be a big challenge for Islam
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov says Islam will Maul Dan Hooker

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