A month after finishing Justin Ledet with a soccer kick and spinning back fist 15 seconds to the opening round at UFC Fortaleza, Johnny Walker is setting foot in the Octagon once more.
The Brazilian light heavyweight contender almost didn’t break a sweat at Fight Night 144 in Fortaleza, Brazil when he dropped Ledet with impressive combinations to score a 15-second TKO.
Despite the two-week notice, Walker is now fighting under the stacked UFC 235 card in Las Vegas that’s happening in two days.
He is entering the cage opposite to Misha Cirkunov in place of Ovince Saint Preux who pulled out of the match due to an injury.
— Fight Disciples (@FightDisciples) February 3, 2019
Immediately after learning about the pullout, the 26-year-old from Rio de Janeiro has lobbied to replace Saint Preux against Cirkunov despite the short notice.
T-Mobile Arena will host the pay-per-view event headlined by a much-anticipated title match between Jon Jones and Anthony Smith in Las Vegas.
Cirkunov is one of the top light heavyweight prospects outside the UFC’s rankings and is coming off a first-round submission win over Patrick Cummins.
The 14-4 fighter snapped his two-fight losing streak with the result of his Fight Night 138 match last October.
Walker, on the other hand, boosted his reputation after his three-move combo at UFC Fortaleza; dropping Ledet to his second MMA loss.
Walker finished him at the 15-second mark of the opening round with a spinning back fist at Fight Night 144 in Brazil.
“I’m ready, whoever wants to fight me, Russians, Americans, I don’t care…”
“I do what I love I was born to do this and I do this for everyone here,” Walker said after winning his career’s 16th victory.
Continuing, the light heavyweight prospect vows to step up his fighting prowess as he continues his blooming career in the UFC.
“We never imagine how a fight will end, you just need to get ready for anything that happens inside the Octagon,”Walker explained when asked about his impressive finish of Ledet.
Today, I just wanted to fight and have fun there. I still want to put on much better shows than this. Each day I will improve and be better.”
Walker is at the height of his passion for fighting and is now willing to re-enter the fighting cage no matter how short his time for training would be.
“I want to fight again. I want to fight again tonight,” he added.
Full UFC 235 Fight Card
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champ Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith – for the light heavyweight title
- Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman – for the welterweight title
- Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
- Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang
- Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)
- Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Johnny Walker
- Alejandro Perez vs. Cody Stamann
- Mickey Gall vs. Diego Sanchez
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)
- Charles Byrd vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
- Macy Chiasson vs. Gina Mazany
- Frankie Saenz vs. Marlon Vera
- Hannah Cifers vs. Polyana Viana
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Johnny Walker