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Justin Gaethje criticizes Dan Hooker for challenging him and Dustin Poirier

Justin Gaethje criticizes Dan Hooker for challenging him and Dustin Poirier

Dan Hooker may now be on the seventh step of the Lightweight classification, but that doesn’t matter to Justin Gaethje.

The 29-year-old New Zealander achieved last Saturday the most important victory of his career by beating Al Iaquinta with great authority in the UFC 243 co-star fight.

Hooker hopes to continue climbing places in the ranking, and that is why he launched challenges aimed at Gaethje and former interim division champion Dustin Poirier.

The challenge did not sit well in Gaethje, who seems to consider a shame that Hooker wants to get over the fighter who ran over him: Edson Barboza.

“It makes no sense at all,” the former WSOF champion told MMA Junkie. “As far as business is concerned, it makes no sense. Edson Barboza has just beaten him, and to ignore that name to name me and Dustin Poirier is like a bit cheeky.”

Although Gaethje thinks he shouldn’t criticize Hooker for sucking big fights, he’s sure he doesn’t deserve that fight.

“He is going to talk crap about me, talk crap about the fact that Poirier comes from a defeat. But I earned it. I deserve to be where I am and I don’t deserve to fight Dan Hooker.”

Gaethje comes from achieving a technical knockout on Donald Cerrone at the UFC Fight night Vancouver, which improved his record on the octagon to 4 – 2.

The Arizona native is currently aiming for a starting opportunity against Khabib Nurmagomedov or a fight with Conor McGregor.

 

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