Johnny Walker
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Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 4/4/2019
MRI shows mild shoulder injury
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 4, 2019
Walker underwent an MRI on his shoulder, which should a minor shoulder injury that will require four weeks of rehab, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Walker made quick work of his opponent Saturday, knocking out Misha Cirkunov in 36 seconds. The injury occurred during his post-fight celebration, however it appears he dodged a bullet and the injury isn't anything serious as he's shooting for a return in May or June.
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Meet the UFC's newest superstar
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 2, 2019
Walker defeated Misha Cirkunov via TKO (strikes) at 0:36 of Round 1 at UFC 235 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The term "future champion" gets thrown around a lot these days, but Walker has the look of a legitimate superstar. If knocking out Cirkunov in 36 seconds with a perfectly placed knee and subsequent strikes weren't enough, he believes he separated his shoulder during his post-fight celebration. How can you not love this guy? Walker now has three knockout wins to begin his UFC career in a span of less than four months. This feels like a situation in which the company has to immediately try to cash in on Walker's quick start. Don't be the least bit surprised if the UFC pushes Walker to the front of the line for his next bout. Think names like Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.
Slated fight Cirkunov at UFC 235
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 12, 2019
Walker (16-3-0) will replace Ovince Saint Preux (undisclosed) on the card for UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas, taking on Misha Cirkunov (14-4-0) in a light heavyweight fight, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Less than 72 hours after Walker indicated on social media that he was eager to fight Cirkunov, the UFC granted his wish. While he'll have less a month to prepare for the matchup, Walker enters the Octagon with plenty of momentum after two electrifying wins to begin his UFC career. After dispatching Khalil Rountree in less than two minutes in his promotional debut in October, Walker raised the bar in his follow-up fight in January, defeating Justin Ledet via TKO at UFC Fortaleza in just 15 seconds.
Destroys Justin Ledet in mere seconds
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 2, 2019
Walker defeated Justin Ledet via TKO (punches) at 0:15 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday in Brazil.
ANALYSIS
This fight lasted less than 30 seconds. Walker landed a spinning backfist that dropped Ledet. In his excitement Walker rushed forward and threw a kick at his downed opponents head. Thankfully the kick missed. Walker followed up the spinning backfist with punches and the referee stopped the fight. The hype is real for Johnny Walker as he is now 2-0 in the UFC with two first round finishes. This was his eighth victory in a row, and earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Facing Justin Ledet at UFC Fortaleza
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
January 9, 2019
Walker (15-3-0) is scheduled to fight Justin Ledet (9-1-0) in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It will mark the second UFC match for Walker, who scored a knockout victory over Khalil Rountree at UFC Argentina in November in his debut for the promotion. The 26-year-old carries a seven-fight winning streak into the matchup in Brazil.
Turns heads in UFC debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
November 17, 2018
Walker defeated Khalil Rountree via KO (elbow) at 1:57 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ANALYSIS
Walker hurt his opponent with the first significant strike he threw from distance, then grabbed the Muay Thai Clinch and landed a few razor elbows to finish the job. While his game is wild and unstructured, Walker brings some very real skills to go along with his 82 inch reach. If he can learn to be more of a consistent range striker, he just may be someone to watch in the light heavyweight division. He improves to 15-3 in professional MMA as a result of the victory,