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Dan Hooker makes a quick turnaround and steps in to take on Islam Makhachev at UFC 267

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A lightweight game has been added to UFC’s return to Abu Dhabi.

After his recent victory at UFC 266, Dan Hooker is already ready to make a quick return to the cage against another top lightweight contender as he will face a wave Islam Makhachev, who was recently left without opponent because Rafael Dos Anjos got injured.

UFC 267 will take place on October 30 at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. A source with knowledge of the match confirmed the news with MMA Junkie following an initial report from ESPN.

Hooker (21-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) overcame a number of last-minute travel hurdles to travel to Las Vegas to take on Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266 last weekend. Despite the hiccups, Hooker arrived on time, put on some weight, and won the fight via unanimous decision on the preliminaries of the à la carte event, breaking a slippage of two fights. Now he’s set to come back in less than a month against a very dangerous lightweight.

Makhachev (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) was due to face Dos Anjos for the third time, however, their meeting fell apart again due to an undisclosed injury. Currently on an eight-game winning streak, Makhachev will compete for the third time in 2021, after two submission wins over Drew Dober and Thiago Moises.

With the addition, the current lineup for UFC 267 is as follows:

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira – for the light heavyweight title

  • Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen – for the interim bantamweight title

  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir

  • Islam Makhachev vs. Dan Hooker

  • Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Volkov

  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Li Jingliant

  • Shamil Gamzatov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

  • Virna Jandiroba vs. Amanda Ribas

  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

  • Damir Ismagulov vs. Magomed Mustafaev

  • Makwan Amirkhani vs. Lerone Murphy

  • Alen Amedovski vs. Hu Yaozong

  • Allan Nascimento vs. Tagir Ulanbekov

  • Albert Duraev vs. Roman Kopylov



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