Dan Hooker occupied with bout with Rafael dos Anjos: That’s a battle I would love | FightBookMMA


Taking co-headlining standing at UFC 257 in January on ‘Battle Island’, the Auckland native welcomed former three-time Bellator light-weight champion, Michael Chandler to the promotion — struggling his second consecutive defeat through a shocking first-round knockout.

Annoyed along with his general efficiency in opposition to the Sanford MMA standout, questions over Hooker’s rapid preventing future have been posed when the Kiwi took off his gloves and left them behind him within the Octagon. Reflecting on his choice to proceed along with his skilled profession, Hooker kind of defined how he had backed himself right into a nook the place he should proceed preventing. 

With the light-weight division seeing a slew of latest bookings confirmed within the type of matchups between Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush, Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler, and Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, Hooker identified that there are two notable contenders at present with out bookings; each Gaethje and dos Anjos.

Talking with South China Morning Put up reporter, John Hyon Ko just lately, Hooker floated the concept of a possible pairing in opposition to both contender, nevertheless, famous that Gaethje will possible proceed to take a seat out given his superior rank within the division when in comparison with his light-weight friends. 

Clearly, there’s solely two actual names on the market in the mean time and that’s (Justin) Gaethje or RDA (Rafael dos Anjos),” Hooker mentioned. “Gaethje, I really feel will sit and wait. His most up-to-date defeat is to Khabib (Nurmagomedov). Like lots of people, for those who give that sufficient time, he’ll brush that off.

Gaethje proper now’s ready for an enormous alternative,” Hooker defined. “It will be very harmful for him to battle a man like RFA. it’ll be very harmful for him to battle a man like me and provides me a possibility to leap the queue once more and get ready like that.

Returning to 155-pounds final November, dos Anjos started his second light-weight run with a clear-cut, break up choice win over short-notice alternative, Paul Felder, common-opposition as Hooker.

That’s a battle I would love,” Hooker mentioned when discussing dos Anjos. “That’s a former champion. Coming again beating (Paul) Felder. He did unimaginable in that battle. Behind Gaethje, (dos Anjos) could be number-one on my record.

Hoping to snap a two-fight skid in his eventual Octagon comeback, Hooker dropped his January loss to Chandler, in addition to a June principal occasion in opposition to former interim titleholder, Poirier at UFC Vegas 4.

The loss to American High Crew mainstay, Poirier snapped a three-fight rise for Hooker, which included a knockout win over James Vick, and a pair of choice triumphs over Al Iaquinta, and the aforenoted, Felder. 

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