‘Let’s Do It’: Dan Hooker, Islam Makhachev Seem To Agree To Five-Round Fight

Dan Hooker and Islam Makhachev have agreed for a five-round battle.

At least over social media they did. Hooker (21-10) is scheduled to face Islam Makhachev (20-1) at UFC 267 after stepping in as a late replacement for Rafael dos Anjos who pulled out due to recent surgery.

“I feel like a five-rounder… if we can make that happen, I’m 100% in,” Hooker said. “Let’s make it five. I feel like people are intrigued by this matchup, as intrigued as the co-main and main, so let’s do it justice.”

Hooker is considered the underdog.

But the New Zealand fighter said he’s ready to spend 25 minutes inside the cage with Makhachev, a UFC lightweight contender. He also believes that he can submit or knockout anyone, but Makhachev’s coach, former lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, thinks that the only way his student will lose is a lucky punch.

Makhachev responded to Hooker’s request this past weekend: “It’s worse for you.”

“That’s a yes, that’s, ‘That sounds good to me,’ that’s a yes. That’s him calling my bluff and me going all in. That’s me backing my hand and going all in. If that’s his response then let’s do it,” Hooker reacted.

Makhachev had his first-ever main event just on the previous battle against Thiago Moises, where he earned fourth round submission victory.

Hooker is familiar with fighting for five rounds. He held some “dogfights” with Paul Felder and Dustin Poirier, which went on for the whole 25 minutes.

“Let’s do it,” Hooker said. “I just feel good, man.”

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