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UFC 267: Dan Hooker steps in for RDA to fight Islam Makhachev

Can the "Hangman" reign supreme on short notice?

Fresh off a win at UFC 266, Dan Hooker stepping back into the fire at UFC 267 against the streaking Islam Makhachev.

Visa issues in his native New Zealand almost threatened Hooker’s previous fight with Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266, but it appears Hooker will remain in the United States for this matchup.

Hooker (21-10-0), 31, snapped a two fight skid at UFC 266. A big win over Makhachev can bring him a step closer towards his goal of a title shot.

In Hooker’s path will be Makhachev (20-1-0), 30, a Khabib Nurmagomedov protege who is currently ranked No. 5 in the division. He has eight consecutive wins including a submission victory over Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31 in July.

UFC 267 is scheduled for Oct. 30 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Scheduled bouts include:

UFC 267

JAN BLACHOWICZ (28-8-0) VS. #1 GLOVER TEXEIRA (32-7-0)

#5 ISLAM MAKHACHEV (20-1-0) VS. #6 DAN HOOKER (21-10-0)

#5 ALEXANDER VOLKOV (33-9-0) VS.  #9 MARCIN TYBURA (22-6-0)

#11 JINGLIANG LI (18-6-0) VS. KHAMZAT CHIMAEV (9-0-0)

#7 MAGOMED ANKALAEV (15-1-0) VS. #8 VOLKAN OEZDEMIR (17-5-0)

#11 AMANDA RIBAS (10-2-0) VS. #12 VIRNA JANDIROBA (17-2-0)

ZUBAIRA TUKHUGOV (19-5-1) VS. RICARDO RAMOS (15-3-0)

ELIZEU ZALESKI DOS SANTOS (22-7-0) VS. BENOIT ST. DENIS

ALBERT DURAEV (8-0-0) VS. ROMAN KOPYLOV (8-1-0)

MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK (15-4-0) VS. SHAMIL GAMZATOV (14-0-0)

YAOZONG HU (3-2-0) VS. ALEN AMEDOVSKI (8-2-0)

DAMIR ISMAGULOV (23-1-0) VS. MAGOMED MUSTAFAEV (14-3-0)

TAGIR ULANBEKOV (13-1-0) VS. ALLAN NASCIMENTO (18-5-0)

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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