Dan Hooker simply engaged in a “Struggle of the 12 months” candidate with Dustin Poirier however a couple of days later, he’s already excited about what comes subsequent.

As he sits in a government-mandated quarantine for 2 weeks after returning dwelling to New Zealand, Hooker can’t assist however take a look at the lay of the land within the light-weight division when contemplating his choices for an additional struggle in 2020.

Miraculously, Hooker didn’t undergo any main accidents within the struggle with Poirier, and whereas he’s not dashing again by any means, he positively plans on competing once more this 12 months. With that stated, he’s acquired a few choices accessible to him and Hooker isn’t afraid to name his shot.

“By the point I get out of this quarantine, I’ll be able to get again within the fitness center and begin mixing it up on the mats,” Hooker stated when chatting with MMA Preventing. “I do know what is sensible. If there’s one thing about me, I do know what the followers need. I perceive how this sport works and I do know what is sensible.

“What makes probably the most sense for each me and Dustin is Dustin fights Tony [Ferguson] to see who’s going to be the No. 1 contender and I’m going again and struggle Charles Oliveira to actually solidify myself within the prime 5 by beating one other prime man. I perceive that.”

With seven wins in a row, Oliveira has been making waves at light-weight however nonetheless sits behind Hooker within the official UFC rankings. In the meantime, Ferguson is coming off a loss in a “Struggle of the Evening” of his personal in opposition to Justin Gaethje from Might.

Hooker concedes that Oliveira is the opponent who most likely makes probably the most sense for him, but when Poirier is taking a while off or probably ready for a title shot, he’ll gladly settle for the chance to face Ferguson as a substitute.

“Let’s see with Dustin,” Hooker stated. “As a result of he’s gotta be watching that struggle Justin [Gaethje] and Khabib [Nurmagomedov]. Let’s say Justin knocks out Khabib. Nicely then clearly Gaethje would like to avenge his loss to Poirier. So I don’t suppose we see Poirier get again in there and blend it up till that Gaethje-Khabib struggle is out of the way in which.

“That leaves Tony Ferguson and not using a dance companion, and if Tony Ferguson desires to get in there and blend it up, I’m positively placing my hand as much as get in there and compete with Tony Ferguson.”

Previous to his loss to Gaethje, Ferguson was driving a 12-fight win streak within the division whereas additionally claiming the interim light-weight title at one level. He’s nonetheless broadly thought to be among the best 155-pounders on the planet, which is strictly why Hooker would relish the possibility to struggle him.

“I believe that’s a 5 spherical foremost occasion battle,” Hooker stated a few potential matchup in opposition to Ferguson. “For me, that’s finest case situation for me.

“I’m going to compete yet one more time this 12 months. Whether or not he’s above me or beneath me, I’m getting again within the octagon. I simply wish to put my hand up [to volunteer].”

Based on Hooker, he received’t make the decision to the UFC to ask for an additional struggle till after he truly will get again within the fitness center once more following the tip of his quarantine.

That stated, when trying forward on the calendar, he positively envisions a return to motion within the latter a part of 2020.

“October-November,” Hooker answered when requested about his timeline for an additional struggle. “I’ll wait till I get again within the fitness center to message the UFC however I put it on the market that I might positively be excited by that Tony struggle and the followers are simply leaping on that. They’re responding very well. I understand how the UFC works.

“If the followers are asking for one thing, and it is sensible for the UFC to match that struggle, then I don’t see an excessive amount of getting in the way in which of that factor getting booked within the subsequent few months.”



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