LAS VEGAS – Dan Hooker sees himself as part of a four-man UFC lightweight title picture race outside of the scheduled title fight between champion Charles Oliveira and next challenger Dustin Poirier. Unfazed by the recent amount of attention he’s received by taking a short-notice fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov protege Islam Makhachev at UFC 267 , Hooker (21-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) anticipates a high stakes battle when the two step inside the cage Oct. 30. “Without a doubt, (with a win), you put yourself in that title picture,” Hooker told MMA Junkie at a news conference Wednesday. “You’re like one in a two-man conversation

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Dan Hooker: A win over Islam Makhachev at UFC 267 puts me in ‘two-man conversation’ for title shot – MMA Junkie

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