Dustin Poirier. Photos: Per Häjestam

Dustin Poirier hints at new UFC fight with “The Hangman”

"I got 25 minutes for you"

After coming up short in his bid to capture the undisputed UFC lightweight title, it seems that Dustin Poirier now welcomes a bout with New Zealand’s Dan Hooker. 

The UFC lightweight division remains the most talent-stacked weight class in the promotion. Recently New Zealand’s Dan Hooker scored a huge victory on home soil, and it seems that former interim lightweight champ Dustin Poirier now welcomes a bout with the kiwi.

Hooker battled seasoned veteran Paul Felder for five tough, bloody rounds, and ended up winning a close split decision. After the bout he stated that he was interested in facing either Poirier or Justin Gaethje.

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“But if Gaethje is busy, then Poirier is the man,” Hooker said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “Either Gaethje or Poirier, those are the only two options that make sense for me.”

This isn’t the first time that Hooker has challenged Poirier. After that the New Zealander defeated former title challenger Al Iaquinta he called out Poirier, but to no avail. However in a recent post on Twitter, Hooker addressed Poirier, who responded saying “I got 25 minutes for you,” welcoming a five round main event.

As of now Hooker sits on a three fight winning streak, and has won seven out of his last eight bouts. In his ongoing win streak he’s knocked out James Vick, bulldozed Iaquinta for  three rounds and just recently edged out Felder. Poirier hasn’t fought since UFC 242 in September of last year. There he put his interim lightweight title on the line, facing reigning, undisputed champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite a lot of momentum entering the bout, Nurmagomedov controlled the fight, submitting Poirier in the third round.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com

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