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By David Tees on 3/8/2023 4:53 PM

Dan Hooker has previously accused UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev of illegally using an IV to rehydrate following the UFC 284 weigh-ins.

Even though nothing came of those accusations, at least as of now, Hooker believes the UFC is punishing him for just making the accusations.

“Do I think that the UFC is gonna punish me in some kind of way? Yeah, I’m sure they will,” Hooker said to The AllStar (transcript via Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “I’m sure they’ll give me tough matchups. Whoop-dee-doo. Ask the last 10 blokes I fought, they’re all tough matchups. So bring it on. You wanna give me tough matchups? Give me tough matchups. That’s what I’m here for. I’m not here for easy fights. I’m here for tough fights. … I’m not gonna blatantly see one of my teammates cheated out of a world title and not say anything.”

Makhachev and his team have denied all allegations levied against him by Hooker.

Hooker also believes that Makhachev’s alleged IV usage helped him defeat Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284.

“When it came down to it, that was an incredibly close contest,” Hooker said. “That could have been the difference in him having that moment. That could have been the difference in him being the greatest sporting accomplishment in Australian history, jumping on that cage with two belts on his shoulder. And for that guy to come down here to Australia and to steal that moment from Alex, I couldn’t bite my tongue, and I couldn’t sit on my hands. That pissed me off that he still has that title, because he’s a cheat. He cheated Alex out of that title, and he knows it.”