UFC light-heavyweight Johnny Walker faced the Ukrainian fighter Nikita Krylov in a 3-round fight at UFC Brasilia last weekend.
After some spectacular early performances in the UFC, the fans were shocked to see the rising Brazilian prospect get knocked out by Corey Anderson at UFC 244. Walker started training with Firas Zahabi at the TriStar gym to get his career back on track.
Unfortunately for him, Nikita Krylov was able to give him his 2nd straight loss, after a 3-round unanimous decision victory over Walker at UFC Brasilia last weekend.
Walker has taken some time to reflect following his latest loss and issued the following statement on his Instagram:
“I have been thinking and reflecting since Saturday night. I learnt a lot. I feel proud that I went three rounds against a great fighter. But it revealed the holes in my game. For this, I’m thankful because its shown me what I need to work on. So back to the drawing board. My dream is still the same. I’m still focused. I didn’t win, but I learned.”
Walker initially gained attention on UFC president Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series. He made his debut against Henrique da Silva in August of 2018.
Walker won a comfortable unanimou decision 30–27, 30–27, and 30–26, which earned him a sport on the UFC roster.
Prior to losing to Corey Anderson at UFC 244, Walker had put together 3-straight knockout victories inside the UFC Octagon. He scored spectacular 1st-round finishes against Justin Ledet, Khalil Rountree Jr. and Misha Cirkunov – all of which he was awarded the “Performance of the Night” bonus for.
Meanwhile, Nikita Krylov, is just 2-2 in his last 4. He lost to light-heavyweight contender Jan Blachowicz, followed by a win over Ovince Saint Preux in his next fight. He then went on to lose a split-decision to Glover Teixeira, followed by a unanimous decision victory over Johnny Walker at UFC Brasilia.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 18th March, 2020.