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The Russian viral sensation -- believed to be 18 years old -- will be attending UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi to support Islam Makhachev for his clash with Hooker.
Speaking ahead of UFC 267 on Saturday, Hooker was asked if he knew who Hasbulla was and if he was “upset” knowing that he would be supporting Makhachev.
Hooker responded: “Who's the other bloke? Who’s the guy on my team? Abdul [Rozik]? Abdul’s on my team.
“I got a horse on the race now. Now I’m training my boy. I’m training my boy up […] no word of a lie, I’m not even s**tting. Abdul’s on my team. Hasbulla can be on his team.
“He's picked his horse, he's picked a losing horse. Game on, baby!”
Hasbulla wasted no time in taking to Instagram to send a message to both Hooker and fierce rival Abdu Rozik.
The Instagram and TikTok star told Hooker: “Dan Hooker, listen to me my brother. Smash you, be careful.”
Hasbulla’s Instagram video was accompanied by a caption aimed at Hooker and Rozik.
“My brother [Islam Makhachev] will smash you and I will smash your boy, [Abdu Rozik],” reads the message.
Hasbulla, who suffers from dwarfism, hails from the Republic of Dagestan and is close pals with UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Russian star’s online exploits and fame have caught the attention of the likes of YouTuber Logan Paul, UFC legend Joe Rogan and UFC president Dana White.
Hasbulla has been linked to face Rozik in what has been dubbed as the ‘Fight of the Century,’ but a showdown between the pair has failed to materialise.
Makhachev, who has lost only once in his 21-fight career, was initially scheduled to face Rafael dos Anjos before the ex-UFC lightweight champ pulled out due to injury.
Hooker stepped in for Dos Anjos and will now collide with Makhachev at UFC 267 at the Etihad Arena.
Featured Image Credit: MMA Fighting/Hasbulla Magomedov's Instagram
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