Dan Hooker replaces Rafael dos Anjos, fights Islam Makhachev on short notice at UFC 267

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UFC lightweight veteran Rafael dos Anjos has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Islam Makhachev in the upcoming UFC 267 Pay-Per-View (PPV) event, which takes place on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at the inside Etihad Arena on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, after injuring her knee and undergoing minor surgery.

More on this turn of events here.

The relief of the former champion will be Dan Hooker, ranked number 6 in the lightweight, according to ESPN, who is less than a week away from his unanimous decision victory over Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266 in Las Vegas. This means the ‘hanged man’ 21-10 will likely stay put in ‘Sin City’ – or leave early for Abu Dhabi – to avoid restrictive and widespread COVID protocols in his native New Zealand.

Makhachev (20-1) has won eight straight wins in the lightweight division, including his submission victory over Thiago Moises last July in Las Vegas. The performance pushed the Dagestan murderer – the protégé of former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov – to No.5 in the 155-pound rankings. Dismissing Hooker at UFC 267 could put Makhachev at the top of a very short list of qualified title contenders.

UFC 267 will feature reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz defending his 205-pound crown against veteran and former title challenger Glover Teixeira. In the bantamweight co-headliner, Cory Sandhagen and Petr Yan will collide for the interim 135-pound title, created in the absence of Aljamain Sterling.

For the rest of the UFC 267 fight card and PPV lineup, click here.



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