Makhachev continues to make his case for a title shot after another dominant performance.
Makhachev took on Hooker, a short-notice replacement after his originally scheduled opponent, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, suffered an injury. He did not take long to finish his opponent.
The fight started in what seemed like would be a feel-out process as both fighters tried to find the range, but then Makhachev landed a right hook, shot in for a takedown, and put Hooker on his back just 40 seconds into the round.
From there, it was all Makhachev as he stayed heavy on top and began working to isolate Hooker’s right arm. Despite his best efforts to adjust and defend the attempt, Hooker could not escape. Makhachev stepped over Hooker’s head and cranked to secure the verbal submission, as Hooker’s other arm was trapped under his body.
During his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier, Makhachev made his intentions for his next outing loud and clear. “How many fights (in a row) now, nine?” Makhachev asked. “Now I’m ready for a title shot.”