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“Watching it On Fast-Forward and Got Bored” – Dan Hooker Drops the Hammer on Islam Makhachev, Says He is Copying Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Dan Hooker is leaving no stones unturned in taking a dig at Islam Makhachev at every chance he gets. Recently, he appeared on Submission Radio and shared his thoughts on the UFC Vegas 31 main event between Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises. Hooker did not seem too impressed with how the fight played out and joked about he was “watching it on fast-forward and got bored.” 

“That’s not the style of fight that the Kiwi fans want to see, they want to see two blokes go out there and really challenge themselves to see who is better. Like I said, I got bored watching his main event in fast forward, I can’t even imagine watching the same thing live in my hometown, I think there would have been a bloody riot after the fight.”

Hooker also called out Islam Makhachev for his fighting style and claimed that it’s not something that the fans like to see. Hooker reminded how at one point he was set to face Islam Makhachev in a five-round fight but decided to take on Paul Felder instead considering he wanted to put on a show for his fans.

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“You are just copying your mate’s homework. Give your mate’s homework back and come over and stand for yourself son.” 

Hooker went further and trashed Islam Makhachev for copying Khabib Nurmagomedov by repeatedly saying that none of the lightweight fighters want to fight him inside the Octagon.

Dan Hooker trashes Islam Makhachev for claiming fighters are afraid to fight him 

Hooker went on to explain why top-ranked fighters are not accepting the fight against Islam Makhachev. Hooker says that it doesn’t make sense for the top-ranked fighters to fight Makhachev, considering he is ranked way below in the rankings. 

“I truly believe that no one in the top-15 is afraid to fight anyone else in the top-15. Everyone’s scared of someone, you watch them get the belt, and no one turns the fight down. Everyone is positioning themselves to be the champion, so the notion that fighters are afraid of other fighters is just silly if you believe that. I think you are just gullible.”

 

Hooker also criticized Islam for turning down the fight against him on the notion that he has lost three of his last fight while reminding the fans that Islam also called out Tony Ferguson who has lost three of his last three fights.

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