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Midnight Mania! Dan Hooker calls out Dustin Poirier, who requests five-round main event slot

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Fresh off his main event war with Paul Felder (see it), Dan Hooker is looking to get himself into another bloody scrap. With Justin Gaethje potentially occupied by Conor McGregor, Hooker has readjusted his aim towards a different Lightweight contender: “The Diamond” Dustin Poirier.

Poirier was last seen inside the Octagon opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov, but he was unable to score the upset. After the loss, Poirier went under the knife but seems ready to fight sooner than later, as he’s been calling for fights on Twitter fairly often. The former interim champion responded twice to Hooker and does seem interested in throwing down with the Kiwi. Specifically, Poirier indicated that he wants a five-round main event opportunity against Hooker.

Despite likely still feeling the after effects of his last brutal 25 minute brawl, Hooker agreed to sign up for another.

All things considered, this seems the fight to make for both men. If — and that’s a huge IF! — McGregor vs. Gaethje does go down at some point in the summer, the victor would almost certainly be next in line for a title shot. However, the winner here would be damn close to a shot at Lightweight gold as well, and there’s nearly a guarantee it would be a fun fight.

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