Dan Hooker is just trying to do Dustin Poirier a favour.

Sure, he was aggressive in his call-out of the former UFC interim lightweight champion after his breakout win over Al Iaquinta at UFC 243, but it came from the heart.

Poirier's route back into title contention is a foggy one after his third-round submission loss at the hands of unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in September.

"Dustin did about as bad as you can do; he did pretty terribly against Khabib," Hooker said.


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