Dan Hooker Advocates Khabib Nurmagomedov Turning Down Georges St-Pierre Fight

Published 09/07/2021, 8:58 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Georges St-Pierre is a fight that every UFC fan has dreamed of watching. However, that has never materialized. There were even rumors that Nurmagomedov actually turned down a proposed contest. UFC lightweight Dan Hooker recently opened up on those claims.

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‘The Hangman’ sat down for an interview with James Lynch right after the UFC 264 pay-per-view in July. The Kiwi star believes it was a smart move on Nurmagomedov’s part to not actually accept to fight GSP as he has already built an unprecedented legacy in his UFC career.

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I like what he has done, to go undefeated and to build that kind of record. That’s something that no one else has and that’s probably something that no one else will ever do again,” said Hooker.

So, it’s like how many more times do you wanna play Russian roulette. It’s easy for me because I’ve got like heaps of losses. So it’s easy for me to jump back on because, you know, the highs and lows, yeah. But to be like the only guy with a perfect record in MMA, to be like a multiple world champ, that’s an incredible achievement. It’ll never be copied again, so I can definitely understand him not wanting to take that risk,” he added further.

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Dan Hooker returns to action later this month

The Hangman‘ hasn’t fought since his disappointing UFC 257 loss to Michael Chandler. Hooker will return to action later this month as he takes on Nasrat Haqparast at the UFC 266 pay-per-view.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 26: In this handout image provided by UFC, Dan Hooker of New Zealand poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 26, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He will be part of the preliminary card of the event at the T-Mobile Arena. If Hooker can return to winning ways after suffering two back-to-back losses, remains to be seen. Prior to his loss to Chandler, Hooker was at the wrong end of a close decision against Dustin Poirier. So, needless to mention, the fight against Haqparast is very important for the lightweight contender.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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