Dana White Not Too Happy With Johnny Walker’s Worm Celebration

In a span of 28 days, Johnny Walker scored two sensational knockouts in only 51 seconds without a single injury. However, his famous ‘worm’ celebration after the latest win reportedly cost him a dislocated shoulder and UFC President Dana White is not happy with it. 

Apparently, the Brazilian light heavyweight takes out all his sweat in training so as not to break a sweat during the fight.

He just notched another mind-blowing knockout win at UFC 235 after stopping Misha Cikunov at the 36-second mark of round one with a flying knee.

Walker now has an impressive record of 17-3 in MMA and 3-0 in the UFC where all three of his bouts with the promotion are first-round knockouts.

The 26-years-old’s most recent win prior to this weekend’s pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada happened at UFC Fortaleza where he stopped 

After his superb performance at UFC 235, the energetic fighter from Rio de Janeiro threw himself to the mat at T-Moblie Arena to do his famous ‘worm’ celebratory move, apparently hurting himself in the process.

Wasted No Time

Walker wasted no time in finding an opening to hurt Cikunov early in the match. He threw a perfectly-timed flying knee that dropped the Latvian native to the canvass before landing a few more punches to seal the win.

Two weeks before UFC 235, Cikunov was scheduled to fight Ovince Saint Preux but he pulled out of the match due to an injury. 

The 26-year-old wowed the MMA world after scoring the 14th first-round victory of his 17-win career, 16 of them via finish. He became the 6th fighter with three first-round KOs to start his UFC career.


At White’s post-fight interview, the UFC top honcho was clearly blown away by Walker’s performance, but obviously not by his celebration.

“This kid’s special, and I wish he would stop doing that sh*t after. There’s no upside to celebrating like that after – the kick-worm, or whatever the hell that thing is that he was he was trying to do,” White stated.

“It’s unnecessary. You don’t need to do it. What you did was impressive enough.” 

The light heavyweight prospect was in mid-worm when he rolled to his side and clutched at his shoulder. During his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan inside the cage, Walker admitted that he’d dislocated his shoulder doing the sensational dance move.

“This guy wants to fight every weekend, which I love. When you are a rising star and you have the talent that that guy does, staying active is the best thing for your career,” the UFC chief said.

“We’re not looking to throw him in against anyone serious any time soon.” 

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/UFC

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