Dan Hooker Can ‘Submit Any Man’ Including Upcoming Opponent, Islam Makhachev

After earning victory at UFC 266, Dan Hooker replaced Rafael dos Anjos in an upcoming bout with Islam Makhachev.

Many MMA fans consider Islam Makhachev as the next Khabib Nurmagomedov. Makhachev is the huge favorite, but Hooker doesn’t think he’s an underdog in his matchup at UFC 267, which is set for October 30.

“To me, any fight is a 50–50 contest,” Hooker says. “I know full well that I could submit any man in this world, or that I could knock out any man in this world.”

In the UFC, Makhachev earned nine victories and suffered only one loss against Adriano Martins via KO.

However, since suffering his first ever loss, he earned eight victories in a row and remained as the No. 5 ranked contender. The last time he graced the octagon was against Thiago Moises where he earned a fourth round submission victory.

Makhachev was supposed to fight with dos Anjos, but he suffered an injury and was forced to be out from the battle. So in came Hooker who scheduled his next bout just a few days after his performance.

He and his team, City Kickboxing, had some problems in New Zealand because of Covid-19 regulations, so he decided not to leave the U.S. and prepare for the upcoming bout.

“[Makhachev] created a lot of momentum,” he added. “A lot of guys are beaten before they even step into the octagon with him, but that’s something that won’t happen with me. I’m too experienced; I’ve been in the fight realm and these dogfights. My fans and I both know he’s in for a fight, and that’s a fact.”

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