Dan Hooker Doesn’t Think Conor McGregor Will Get Title Shot If He Returns

Dan Hooker gave his thoughts on the possibility that Conor McGregor makes a return to the UFC. 

McGregor took to social media following UFC 250 to announce his retirement. You can see the reaction of UFC president Dana White here. Many people don’t believe that this latest retirement, which is the third time that McGregor has announced it, will stick. 

Khabib is expected to put his lightweight title on the line against Justin Gaethje later this year. 

Hooker stated in a recent interview that he doesn’t see McGregor getting a title shot if he returns due to the state of the division. 

Dan Hooker On Conor McGregor

“That fight is set, Gaethje and Khabib – that fight is going to happen in September, and I’m the next guy in line,” Hooker explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “That will be a four fight streak over the No. 3, No. 6, No. 6 and another ranked fighter. Those are top-ranked guys.

“The next guy in line would be Conor McGregor, who looking back at it now, has a win over the No. 12 [ranked fighter] in the division. So when you compare resumes, it would be pretty difficult to hand him a title shot over me without me kicking up a fuss.”

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense with what we’re seeing now with the UFC kind of standing their ground with a lot of these big-named guys who want to kind of call the shots, and the UFC’s jumping back in and saying we’re the ones running the show,” Hooker said to MMA Fighting. “So I don’t think that benefits Conor very well, if he’s going to try to position himself for a title shot when compared to me.

“You’re seeing it now with Gilbert Burns-[Kamaru] Usman fight. Jorge Masvidal was obviously the clear frontrunner for that title shot, but contract negotiations turned south and the UFC gave it to the guy who wants to fight.”

Dustin Poirier vs. Hooker in a lightweight bout will headline the UFC on ESPN 12 event.

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