Dan Hooker sees proper via Justin Gaethje’s poke at him on social media.

Hooker (20-Eight MMA, 10-Four UFC) faces Dustin Poirier in the primary occasion of UFC on ESPN 12 this Saturday in a pivotal conflict that interim light-weight champ Gaethje seems to be following with curiosity.

Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) predicted that Poirier will “merk” Hooker, making it clear who he’s backing to win Saturday night time.

Hooker thinks Gaethje is selecting Poirier to win for a easy purpose. Poirier is the final man to beat Gaethje, having stopped him within the fourth spherical of their 2018 battle, so it’s in his finest curiosity if “The Diamond” wins.

“I believe he simply desires Dustin to succeed,” Hooker defined to MMA Junkie. “Dustin knocked him out, so if somebody knocks you out, you clearly wish to see him do properly and he would love for him to knock me out so makes him look a little bit bit higher. If Dustin flatlined him and I flatline Dustin, it kinda makes Gaethje look a bit beatable to me. So yeah, I can undoubtedly see why he’s throwing his hat in direction of Dustin.”

Hooker is coming off a five-round conflict with Paul Felder in February which can have been the precise form of preparation he wanted for the battle-tested Poirier, who’s additionally been in his justifiable share of grueling fights.

Nonetheless, Hooker is assured that he’ll put him away.

“Yeah, I gained the mandatory expertise from that battle, going the complete 5 rounds,” Hooker stated. “The battle enjoying out the best way it performed out, like a back-and-forth contest, yeah I undoubtedly gained quite a lot of expertise from going the complete 5 rounds.

“It’ll be onerous, Dustin is a fairly sturdy man. We’ll see if he can take the photographs. He’s fairly assured he can take the photographs, everybody thinks he can take the photographs and he’s gonna beat me up so we’ll see. I’m fairly assured I can put him away. The way in which I’m approaching it and the best way I’m it, from what I’ve seen, I’m fairly assured that I can end him.”



CLICK HERE TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE