‘I need to kill this man’

LAS VEGAS – Arman Tsarukyan made it clear he doesn’t like fellow UFC light-weight Dan Hooker.

The Armenian fighter went out of his method to name out Hooker throughout Wednesday’s media day for UFC Combat Evening 192. Tsarukyan (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is about to tackle Christos Giagos (19-8 MMA, 5-4 UFC) on Saturday on the principle card.

Tsarukyan hopes to get by way of Giagos after which battle Hooker, who’s scheduled to compete subsequent week at UFC 266.

“I need to battle with Dan Hooker if he wins subsequent Saturday,” Tsarukyan advised reporters. “I need to beat this man. He speaks plenty of dangerous phrases to me and I need to kill this man. He’s a bullsh*t man.

“It’s a great battle for me as a result of he’s well-known, he’s ranked, and if I beat him, I can get high 5 – and from there, it’s straightforward to get a title shot.”

Aside from his want to cross paths with Hooker, Tsarukyan mentioned the matchup with Giagos, his weight lower for Saturday’s bout, and extra.

UFC Combat Evening 192 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The cardboard streams on ESPN+.

You possibly can watch Tsarukyan’s full pre-fight interview within the video above.

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