Dan Hooker Tells Dustin Poirier To Take A Real Fight After Turning Down His Callout

UFC lightweight fighter Dan Hooker shares a piece of advice for former interim champion, Dustin Poirier.

The 29-year old native of Auckland, New Zealand sizzled in the co-main event of the recently concluded UFC 243 after pulling off a shocker against the sixth-ranked lightweight, Al Iaquinta.

Currently, at no. 15 in the official rankings, Hooker stamped his class against ‘Raging Al’ to secure an impressive unanimous decision win last weekend.

Following the upset victory, Hooker issued a challenge to Poirier as he aims to destroy the American in his home country next year.

“Dustin Poirier, I’m going to smash your face in.  Meet me in New Zealand 2020, and I’m going to end you!” he said in the post-fight cage interview.

But Poirier turned down the challenge, claiming he will be fighting Conor McGregor on his next UFC bout.

He wrote on Twitter, “I’m fighting the Irishman next. You’re close but not yet buddy keep punching @danthehangman.”

Real Fight

Poirier, who formerly holds the interim belt, is coming off a third-round technical knockout loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in their unification bout at UFC 242 last month.

After falling short of capturing the undisputed title, he has expressed his desire to face McGregor in a re-run of their UFC 178 showdown, where ‘The Diamond’ was quickly finished.

Taking a dig at the Irishman, Hooker just laughed at Poirier’s response to his callout.

“He’s going to fight who?” he told the media in the UFC 243 post-fight presser, per MMA Junkie.

“If he wants to sit around chasing leprechauns, that’s his own problem. If he wants a real fight and he’ll take it, he knows where to find me.”

Main Event Fight

After proving that he can deliver on big matches, Hooker said he is now setting his sights on a future main event bout against a higher-ranked lightweight.

“I feel I’m a five-round fighter, so I wanted to take the full 15 minutes and really showcase it.”

“I feel like if I had another two rounds I would’ve stopped him, for sure, with another 10 minutes in there. I was picking him apart and would’ve stopped him.”

“I wanted to prove I’m ready for a five-round fight.”

“You can’t just go blow these top-10 guys out of the water. These top-15 guys and unranked guys you can go out there and do this, but the skill level is so high you have to match that. I was out there.”

“I wanted to prove I’m ready for a five-round fight, ready for a main event for 25 minutes.”

With Dustin Poirier turning down Dan Hooker’s callout, who do you think ‘The Hangman’ should fight next?

Will the UFC book him in a main event slot?

(Featured Image Source: Instagram/ Dan Hooker and Dustin Poirier)

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