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Dan Hooker eyes comeback fight against Justin Gaethje or Rafael dos Anjos – MMA Root



Veteran UFC lightweight veteran Dan Hooker suffered a major setback in his quest for the 155-pound title when former Bellator MMA champion Michael Chandler stopped him at the UFC pay-per-view (PPV) event. 257 in January.

But “The Hangman” can easily tighten the rope by securing a high-profile victory over a ranked opponent, which is why the 31-year-old Kiwi has his eye on Justin Gaethje, or perhaps former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. .

“Obviously, there are only two real names at the moment and that is Gaethje or RDA,” Hooker told the South China Morning Post. “Gaethje, I feel like I will sit back and wait. Gaethje at this moment is in a position to have a great opportunity. It would be dangerous for him to fight a guy like RDA. It will be very dangerous for him to fight a guy like me and give me a chance to jump the tail again and put myself in a position like that. “

Gaethje (22-3) is coming off a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 in October 2020, but has managed to stay at No. 2 behind Dustin Poirier in the official rankings. As for Dos Anjos (30-13), he’s one spot behind Hooker at number 7.

Which makes the Brazilian a perfect comeback fight.

“That’s a fight I’d like,” Hooker said. “That is a former champion. Coming back hitting [Paul] Felder. He did amazing in that fight. Behind Gaethje, [he] it would be number one on my list. “

Dos Anjos is 1-0 since returning to lightweight last November.

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