Poirier-Hooker Reportedly Rebooked…’Fight Island’ A Possible Destination

A huge fight is looking to take place within the next few months. MMA Junkie is reporting (first reported by Combate) that Dan Hooker will finally take on Dustin Poirier. With a date of June 27, the two are looking to gain some ground in the lightweight division.

On a three-fight win streak, Hooker (20-8) beat Paul Felder via split decision back in February. He is 7-1 in his last eight fights, beating the likes of Jim Miller, Gilbert Burns, James Vick, and Al Iaquinta. After the Felder fight, Hooker called out several opponents, including Poirier.

This would be Dustin’s (25-6, 1NC) first fight since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 242 in September. Following a no-contest against Eddie Alvarez, Poirier won four in a row. The 31-year-old beat Max Holloway at UFC 236 for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. Attempting to unify the belts, Khabib submitted him in the third round.

The bout between the two was originally set to take place On May 16 in San Diego but was postponed due to the coronavirus.

Regarding a location, the UFC is looking to have this fight take place inside the APEX Center in Nevada. The Nevada Athletic Commission is looking to meet this week to discuss MMA and boxing in the state. One other obstacle the UFC would need to jump through is the ban on international travel. Hooker is from New Zealand, and it is unknown if traveling will be an issue. Recently, limitations have been lifted for some athletes, so if Hooker can get into the country, the fight will be saved.

If nothing was to work out in the United States, ‘Fight Island” is also an option. Poirier is ranked third in the UFC’s lightweight rankings, while Hooker is ranked fifth.

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