Manager: Dan Hooker’s claim of Islam Makhachev IV use at UFC 284 ‘completely BS’
Islam Makhachevteam denies Dan Hookerclaim that the UFC lightweight champion used a rehydration drip after the weigh-in. UFC 284 main event with Alexander Volkanovskiy.
After Makhachev (24-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) win by unanimous decision over Volkanovski (25-2 MMA, 12-1 UFC) in Saturday’s bout between the champions at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia, urban kickboxing fighter and Volkanovski teammate Hooker did a hefty accusation against a “fraudulent dog” Makhachev.
Hooker accused Makhachev of using intravenous therapy to replenish supplies after the weigh-in. illegal practice in accordance with the rules set by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a longtime drug testing partner of the UFC.
USADA prohibits intravenous infusions and/or injections, except for those who received intravenous administration “during hospitalization, surgical procedures, or clinical research.”
Makhachev’s co-manager, Rizvan Magomedov, responded to MMA Junkie and denied any wrongdoing on the part of the fighter.
“We all know that this is complete nonsense,” Magomedov said. “The guy is a loser. He’s salty and just looking for attention, that’s all.”
Hooker (22-12 MMA, 12-8 UFC), who was caged in Perth to support his teammate’s bid for a two-division title at the same time, has his own history with Makhachev.
Makhachev defeated Hooker by submission in the first round at UFC 267 in October 2021.
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