The fifth number of the UFC lightweight rating, Dan hooker, who will face the former interim champion of the division, Dustin Porier, this weekend, is sure that the status of the number one contender is at stake in their fight.

“I know that he will come out to fight, and will do the same as I do myself – try to put on a show and finish the fight ahead of schedule,” hooker said in a pre – match interview. “We have never had boring fights with him, and I don’t think anything will change this Saturday».

“The game is changing very quickly, and I think that the winner of our match will become the undisputed number one contender, who will replace Khabib or Justin if one of them is injured, or later meet the winner. I’m going to be in this position, so I remain motivated, despite all the problems associated with the pandemic. I train, I stay hungry, and I’m going to make the most of this opportunity. I’m loaded and ready to fight»

The new Zealand fighter also shared his thoughts about the upcoming unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaitzhi, which is expected to take place in September this year.

“I think Khabib is waiting for a competitive fight. I’d say the odds are 50-50. If we need to imagine a fighter who will create problems for Khabib with his cardio, fight defense, and heavy punches, it will be Justin Gaitji. So their chances in this match are equal, and I think this will be the most serious test of Khabib in his entire career»

“Stylistically, we Gaiti better suited to each other – we are two fighters who prefer to exchange blows in a rack, so the prospect of this fight makes me excited, but not the smaller delight causes the opportunity to become the first to beat Habib, because it will leave no doubt who is the best in the world”

Recall that the match between Dan hooker and Dustin Pore heads the UFC on ESPN 12, which will take place on 27 June at the Apex arena in Las Vegas.