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UFC: DC touts potential Islam Makhachev – Dan Hooker fight – but Hooker laughs it off!

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UFC 243 last weekend in Melbourne, Australia featured a co-main event of top ranked lightweights as New Zealand’s Dan Hooker took on perennial contender ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta.

Last time Hooker got a step up in competition, resulted in a third round TKO loss for him. That was certainly not the case this time around as Hooker put up a clinical performance to win a lopsided unanimous decision over Iaquinta. Hooker wasted no time to call out former interim champ and title challenger Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier.

UFC: DC touts potential Islam Makhachev - Dan Hooker fight - but Hooker laughs it off! - Hooker

Former UFC double champ Daniel Cormier however had a different opinion. Cormier took to Twitter to campaign for a lightweight bout between Hooker and training partner of sorts, Islam Makhachev. (via Twitter):

Hooker however was quick to dismiss the idea as he believes he deserves someone highly ranked like Dustin Poirier. Hooker jokingly asked Cormier whether he would fight Shamil Abdurakhimov (a #9 ranked opponent with Cormier being ranked #1). (via Twitter):

Cormier responded saying Hooker should lead the way for Makhachev irrespective of their rankings. (via Twitter):

Hooker finds himself at an impressive #7 position, 8 spots above his previous rank. Hooker called out Poirier however Poirier denied the fight as he claimed that he is expecting a rematch against former double champ Conor McGregor.

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