Newshub understands each Hooker and Poirier have verbally agreed to the principle occasion battle, with contracts set to be signed within the coming days.

Poirier, ranked No.three within the light-weight division, is coming off a stoppage loss towards champion Khabib Nurmagomedov final September, however has gained 9 of his final 11 fights.

‘The Diamond’ had been campaigning for a showdown with Irish star Conor McGregor, however ‘The Infamous’ is reportedly set for a 3rd battle towards Nate Diaz. 

A win for Hooker (No.5) will propel ‘The Hangman’ into computerized title rivalry and a possible championship tilt towards the winner of Nurmagomedov and American Justin Gaethje, who’re scheduled to do battle later within the yr.

The Aucklander has gained seven from his final eight fights to enhance his UFC file to 10-4.

Final day out, the Metropolis Kickboxing striker edged gritty American Paul Felder, at UFC Auckland in February.

The matchup with Poirier looms as the most important of his 28 battle profession.



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