Johnny Walker (fighter)

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Johnny Walker
Born (1992-03-30) March 30, 1992 (age 27)
Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach82 in (208 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofMoscow, Russia
Phuket, Thailand
TeamImperio Fight Team[1]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[citation needed]
Years active2013-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins17
By knockout14
By submission2
By decision1
Losses4
By knockout3
By submission1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Walker Johnny Silva Barra de Souza[2] (born March 30, 1992), best known as Johnny Walker, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2013, he gained entrance into the UFC by competing on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. As of October 21, 2019, he is #11 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Walker made his professional MMA debut in December 2013. Over the next four years, he fought in his native Brazil and earned a record of 10 wins against 3 losses with all of his wins coming via stoppages.

Walker ended up receiving an offer from a Scottish businessman to train there and moved to that country. However, after a month he received no pay and left.[4] In early 2018, Walker made the move to England where he fought for various promotions and added 3 more wins to his record and earned a spot on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in August 2018. Although from Brazil, Walker chose to represent himself as from England as he felt that is where he was able to reach his potential.

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series[edit]

Walker made his Tuesday Night Contender Series debut on August 11, 2018. He faced Henrique da Silva and won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–26). The win earned Walker a spot on the UFC's roster.[5][6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In his UFC promotional debut, Walker faced Khalil Rountree Jr. on November 17, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 140. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[7] The win earned Walker his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[8]

In his next fight, Walker faced Justin Ledet on February 2, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 144.[9] He won the fight via knockout just 15 second into the first round.[10] The win earned Walker his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.[11]

In a quick turnaround, Walker replaced an injured Ovince Saint Preux to face Misha Cirkunov on March 2, 2019, at UFC 235.[12] He won the fight via TKO in the first round. Post-fight, Walker stated he dislocated his shoulder during his celebration. The win also earned Walker his third consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.[13]

Walker faced Corey Anderson on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244.[14] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[15]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 17 wins 4 losses
By knockout 14 3
By submission 2 1
By decision 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–4 Corey Anderson TKO (punch) UFC 244 November 2, 2019 1 2:07 New York City, New York, United States
Win 17–3 Misha Cirkunov TKO (flying knee and punches) UFC 235 March 2, 2019 1 0:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 16–3 Justin Ledet TKO (spinning backfist and punches) UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2 February 2, 2019 1 0:15 Fortaleza, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 15–3 Khalil Rountree Jr. KO (elbow) UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio November 17, 2018 1 1:57 Buenos Aires, Argentina Performance of the Night.
Win 14–3 Henrique da Silva Decision (unanimous) Dana White's Contender Series Brazil 2 August 11, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–3 Cheick Kone TKO (punches) European Beatdown 3 March 17, 2018 1 N/A Mons, Belgium Won the EBD Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 12–3 Jędrzej Maćkowiak KO (knee and punches) Krwawy Sport 1: Southampton March 11, 2018 2 2:42 Southampton, England Heavyweight bout.
Win 11–3 Stuart Austin KO (knee) Ultimate Challenge MMA 54 February 10, 2018 1 2:44 London, England Won the UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 10–3 Rodrigo Jesus TKO (punches) Brave Combat Federation 8: The Rise of Champions August 12, 2017 1 2:18 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 9–3 Luis Guilherme de Andrade Submission (guillotine choke) Katana Fight: Gold Edition March 25, 2017 1 0:29 Colombo, Brazil Return to Light Heavyweight.
Loss 8–3 Henrique Silva Lopes KO (punches) Jungle Fight 88 June 25, 2016 1 0:18 Poços de Caldas, Brazil
Win 8–2 Fábio Vasconcelos TKO (punches) Imortal FC 4: Dynamite May 21, 2016 1 4:10 São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Loss 7–2 Klidson Abreu Submission (rear-naked choke) Samurai FC 12 October 10, 2015 2 3:10 Curitiba, Brazil For the vacant Samurai FC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 7–1 Murilo Grittz TKO (punches) PRVT: Garuva Top Fight August 16, 2015 1 0:56 Garuva, Brazil
Win 6–1 Marck Polimeno Submission (rear-naked choke) PRVT: Afonso Pena Top Fight 3 June 28, 2015 1 0:38 São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Win 5–1 Ricardo Pandora TKO (punches) Imortal FC 1: The Invasion June 13, 2015 1 3:20 São José dos Pinhais, Brazil
Win 4–1 Andrew Flores Smith TKO (punches) Peru Fighting Championship 21 May 28, 2015 3 0:28 Lima, Peru
Loss 3–1 Wagner Prado TKO (punches) Team Nogueira Beach November 29, 2014 2 3:40 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–0 João Vitor Lopes da Silva TKO (punches) Gigante Fight MMA 2 October 11, 2014 1 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–0 Vitor Casanova TKO (punches) Ubá Fight 5 September 13, 2014 1 4:38 Ubá, Brazil
Win 1–0 Francisco Francisco TKO (knees and punches) Circuito Invictus de MMA 2 December 14, 2013 1 0:49 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Johnny Walker UFC/MMA record: In depth stats, videos & predictions". mmaformguide.com.
  2. ^ "Get to know light heavyweight Johnny Walker ahead of UFC Fortaleza". MMA Junkie. 2019-01-30. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  3. ^ "Rankings | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  4. ^ "Johnny Walker not impressed by Khalil Rountree's KO of Gokhan Saki: 'It's easy to beat someone that can't fight MMA'". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "Johnny Walker explains why he didn't wear Brazil kit in impressive UFC debut". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  6. ^ John Morgan (2018-08-31). "Dana White's Contender Series Brazil 2 results: Three more contracts awarded". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  7. ^ "UFC Argentina results: Johnny Walker rocks Khalil Rountree in first-round KO". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-18. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  8. ^ Staff (2018-11-18). "UFC Argentina bonuses: Two Argentine natives cash $50,000 checks". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  9. ^ Staff (2018-12-09). "Justin Ledet vs. Johnny Walker booked for UFC on ESPN+ 2 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  10. ^ "UFC Fortaleza results: Johnny Walker rocks Justin Ledet, earns 15-second win". MMAjunkie. 2019-02-03. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  11. ^ Staff (2019-02-03). "UFC on ESPN+ 2 bonuses: Marlon Moraes, Jose Aldo among $50,000 winners in Fortaleza". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  12. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2019-02-12). "Johnny Walker replaces Ovince Saint Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  13. ^ Staff (2019-03-03). "UFC 235 bonuses: Johnny Walker, Diego Sanchez among $50,000 winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  14. ^ Mike Bohn (2019-08-05). "Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker on tap for UFC 244 in New York". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  15. ^ Doherty, Dan (2019-11-02). "UFC 244 Results: Corey Anderson Makes Huge Statement With First-Round KO". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  16. ^ Staff (2018-11-18). "UFC Argentina bonuses: Two Argentine natives cash $50,000 checks". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  17. ^ Staff (2019-02-03). "UFC on ESPN+ 2 bonuses: Marlon Moraes, Jose Aldo among $50,000 winners in Fortaleza". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  18. ^ Staff (2019-03-03). "UFC 235 bonuses: Johnny Walker, Diego Sanchez among $50,000 winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  19. ^ "MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for February: A 15-second thriller". mmajunkie.com. February 27, 2019.
  20. ^ Sherdog.com. "Johnny Walker". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-11-03.

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