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Makhachev makes quick work of Hooker with first round Kimura

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Fight Island today, Saturday, October 30, 2021, for UFC 267, the first non-PPV numbered event since UFC 138 back in November of 2011. That was six days shy of a decade ago..

Headlining the event is a light-heavyweight championship clash between Jan Blachowicz and No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira, while the co-main event will be contested in the bantamweight division, an interim title clash between No. 1 ranked former champion Petr Yan and No. 3 ranked Cory Sandhagen.

This could honestly be a vacant title fight.

Many people believe Yan to be better than our champion Aljamain Sterling, though he lost their bout via DQ, and many believe Sandhagen defeated Dillashaw over the summer, though he lost via split decision.

Our feature fight of the night will be contested in the lightweight division between No. 5 ranked Islam Makhachev and No. 6 ranked Dan Hooker as well. This is the best free card ever put on by the UFC!

In one of the most highly anticipated matchups on the card, Islam Makachev will face Dan Hooker in a battle of top contenders. Makhachev being ranked one spot higher than Hooker makes this bout that much more interesting. Makhachev is on a 8 fight win streak, with his last defeat coming in 2015. A win for either competitor puts them in the upper echelon of the weight class as they inch toward gold.

Dan Hooker has fought a who’s who list of monsters under the UFC banner, coming off of a decisive win over Nasrat Haqparast just a month ago. Making the quick turnaround, Hooker hopes a win over Haqparast will put him in right back in the mix of the top 5 where he sat, previously.

Round 1: Hooker establishes his jab early and circles to keep Makhachev from settling in. Both fighters trade punches which Makhachev utilizes to tough and duck underneath for a takedown. Makhachev secures the takedown and immediately gets to work from the top. Securing an arm and position, Makhachev gets a Kimura and doesn’t let up. Once he steps over the head, Makhachev gets tap, ending this featured bout with a quickness.

Official result: Islam Makhachev defeats Dan Hooker via Kimura at 2:25 of round 1.

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