Conor McGregor's shortlist of opponents for UFC comeback includes New Zealand star Dan Hooker, claims Chael Sonnen

CONOR McGREGOR’S shortlist of opponents for his UFC comeback could include New Zealand star Dan Hooker.

That’s according to Chael Sonnen, who believes the pair would put on a great show for fans.


McGregor, 33, has not fought since his second consecutive defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 last July.

The Irishman, who boasts a 22-6 professional MMA record, suffered a horror leg break in his Las Vegas loss.

And he has since been recovering ahead of yet another UFC comeback.

Khamzat Chimaev is believed to be a potential opponent for McGregor.

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Meanwhile, YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul has also made no secret of his disdain for “Notorious.”

And just last week, MMA expert Sonnen admitted he would love to see McGregor fight Michael Chiesa in the octagon.

But Sonnen now reckons McGregor could end up fighting Hooker, who is returning to lightweight after a stint fighting at 145 pounds.

Sonnen declared: “In the business side of your career there are times where you’re going to take big risks, but then you must learn from them.

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“Hooker is a 55-pounder. What’s going to be next for him? Let’s just give that a minute.

“We just got this information that the former number five guy in the world is returning to the division.

“I will share with you a little inside scoop. I do know that Hooker’s name is on the shortlist of possible opponents for McGregor’s return.”

One man who definitely will not fight McGregor is long-term rival Nate Diaz, who has just one bout remaining on his UFC contract.

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Diaz tweeted: “I’ve been trying to fight everybody and no go, what’s the hold-up UFC?

“I’m not fighting Conor he sucks. I’ll fight someone, quit slow rolling me please. Thanks.”

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