Dan Hooker is hoping that the “ask and you shall receive approach” works out for him.
Hooker may be coming off a unanimous decision loss to Dustin Poirier but it’s safe to say his stock hasn’t dropped. The bout is a “Fight of the Year” contender and many believe it would undoubtedly be the front runner if not for Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Hooker remains the number five-ranked UFC lightweight and he wants dibs on “El Cucuy.”
Dan Hooker Asks Dana White For A Bout With Tony Ferguson
Hooker has expressed his desire to fight Ferguson or Charles Oliveira. “The Hangman” believes Oliveira is avoiding him, so he’s turned his attention to Ferguson. During a live chat with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, White was asked by Hooker if he can get a bout with “El Cucuy.” Here is White’s response.
“Can Hooker fight Ferguson? I don’t know, we’ll see. He put on an incredible performance in his last fight. He looked great and we’ll get you figured out Dan, I promise. Like I said, I’m not making fights right now. I’m still over here [Fight Island] doing what I’m doing here.”
Ferguson recently had his 12-fight winning streak snapped by Justin Gaethje. “El Cucuy” was attempting to become a two-time interim UFC lightweight champion. It wasn’t meant to be as Ferguson was stopped via TKO in the final round. Gaethje will go on to fight 155-pound ruler Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout later this year.
With his loss to Poirier, Hooker’s three-fight winning streak was snapped. In that span, he had beaten Paul Felder, Al Iaquinta, and James Vick. He hadn’t suffered a defeat since Dec. 2018.
MMA News will keep you posted with the latest updates on the fighting futures of Dan Hooker and Tony Ferguson as they become available.