Dan Hooker Wary of Possible Conor McGregor Attacks at UFC 257 Press Conference

Published 01/17/2021, 9:13 AM EST
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 28: Dan Hooker of New Zealand celebrates after winning the UFC Featherweight bout between Dan Hooker of New Zealand and Ian Entwistle of England on June 28, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Conor McGregor is possibly the greatest MMA fighter of all time with the mic in his hand. While he could make a strong case for inside the cage, McGregor is a genuine master at the art of promotion. He has built his brand up to be worth millions, and now he is easily the biggest fixture for any fight card that the UFC can build.

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Co-main eventer Dan Hooker isn’t as excited for the UFC 257 press conference, as he may end up on the wrong side of a Conor McGregor highlight clip. Hooker is facing Michael Chandler in the co-main event. He opened up to MMAJunkie about being wary of Conor at the press conference.

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“To be honest, I’m a fan of the sport – it’ll be pretty surreal to be sitting up with those guys at such a huge press conference like that. I don’t put too much thought into it. I’m not a guy who goes away and practices my lines in the mirror or anything like that. I’m going to take it as it comes. Ninety-nine percent of the focus will be on Conor and what he’s going to do and what he’s going to say.”

Hooker added, “You’ve got to be on your toes. You don’t want to get ‘Who the (expletive) is that guy’d?’ or something like that. He could chuck you in the can in one line.”

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Conor McGregor: Setting the stage for a grand return

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts to his win over Donald Cerrone in their welterweight fight during the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It can be guaranteed that Conor will put on a show at the press conference. The event features McGregor’s return to the UFC to rematch Dustin Poirier. Poirier is the top-ranked Lightweight in the UFC. However, he lost to Conor the first time they met.

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The press conference for this event is expected to draw a lot of eyes. Hooker should be wary of ending up on the wrong side of one of those barbs. However, he is a top-ranked fighter in the same division as Conor. He may just get his share of a verbal smackdown from the Irish superstar.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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