Dan Hooker Feels That The Next Right Move For Robert Whittaker Is Paulo Costa

Dan Hooker is playing matchmaker for the middleweight division between Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker.

Dan Hooker

Dan Hooker is playing matchmaker for the middleweight division. 

Dan Hooker has been in some exciting fights over the past couple of years. This year alone he made the cut down to featherweight to give his career some new life. Although that did not work out for him resulting in a loss to Arnold Allen in March, Hooker still has a bright future ahead of him. He has a fight booked with Claudio Puelles on November 12 but in the meantime is putting on his matchmaker hat to take a look at the middleweight division. 

The middleweight division has been very exciting of late. You have the champion Israel Adesanya matched up with his former kickboxing foe Alex Pereira. There was the UFC 279 out between Kevin Holland and Khamzat Chimaev that took place at 180 pounds and also Robert Whittaker returned to his old form with a win over Marvin Vettori. So many options for title contenders but if Hooker has his way he would match up Whittaker and Paulo Costa. 
 

Dan Hooker thinks Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker should battle it out for the next title shot

Costa has been searching for a fight with Chimaev recently but has been open to Whittaker as an opponent as well. Hooker likes this idea and explains why when he was a guest on ‘Fight Week’ on Fox Sports recently. 

“Yeah, just outclassed him, cleaned his clock, was able to just pick him apart. ” Marvin was just a step behind him the whole fight,” he said. “I had, like two of the judges had it 30-27 I thought it was pretty clear, just because of the way the division has been like, Israel has beat both of these boys twice, it’s just the way the division works. So I think a fight between Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker works very well. And you know, that without a doubt, puts the winner of that back in for a title shot. I think that’s the best way Izzy will fight Peieria and then wait around for Paulo Costa to fight Robert Whittaker and then the winner of that jumps back into the title shot.”

Both Costa and Whittaker are close to receiving title shots. They will have to see how the bout between Adesanya and Pereira plays out but fighting each other is a good way to solidify their spot in the line. 

Watch the entire interview here:

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