Will We Finally See Poirier-Hooker Inside The Octagon?

When someone on Twitter is upset that someone who just won a fight didn’t make a callout to another fighter, it is only because there is a chance the bout can actually happen. Dan Hooker latest attempt at calling out Dustin Poirier after his win at UFC Auckland is proof of that.

According to MMAJunkie, “The Hangman” and “The Diamond” might be on a collision course during the UFC’s return to San Diego. UFC Fight Night 175 is scheduled to take place on May 16 from inside the Pechanga Arena.

On a three-fight win streak, Hooker (20-8) beat Paul Felder via split decision a few weeks ago. 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 a number of 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. When he tried to unify the belts, Khabib was all over him, ending the fight via submission in the third round.

Since then, Poirier underwent hip surgery. Like Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor and a number of other fighters, Poirier has been requesting a big fight to excite him.

The buildup for the bout started in 2019, when Hooker called out Poirier after his win against Iaquinta.

“Dustin Poirier, I’m going to smash your face in,” Hooker stated, via MMAFighting.com. “Meet me in New Zealand 2020, and I’m going to end you!”

Poirier is ranked second in the UFC’s lightweight rankings, while Hooker, who returned to lightweight in 2017, is ranked fifth. With the small amount of trash talk that has been going on with him and Hooker, Poirier may have found what he was looking for.

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