Johnny Walker (fighter)

Walker Johnny da Silva Barra Souza[5] (born March 30, 1992), best known as Johnny Walker, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2013, he gained entrance into the UFC by competing on Dana White's Contender Series and also previously competed for Jungle Fight in his native Brazil. As of May 16, 2022, he is #13 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.[6]

Johnny Walker
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Johnny Walker in 2022
Born (1992-03-30) March 30, 1992 (age 30)
Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach82 in (208 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofDublin, Ireland
TeamTristar Gym (2020)[2]
SBG Ireland (2020–present)[3]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total25
Wins18
By knockout15
By submission2
By decision1
Losses7
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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.[7] 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 Contender Series in August 2018. Although from Brazil, Walker chose to represent England as he felt that is where he was able to reach his potential.

Dana White's Contender SeriesEdit

Walker made his Dana White's Contender Series debut on August 11, 2018. He faced Henrique da Silva and won the fight via unanimous decision. The win earned Walker a spot on the UFC's roster.[8][9]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

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.[10] The win earned Walker his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[11]

In his next fight, Walker faced Justin Ledet on February 2, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 144.[12] He won the fight via knockout just 15 second into the first round.[13] The win earned Walker his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.[14]

In a quick turnaround, Walker replaced an injured Ovince Saint Preux to face Misha Cirkunov on March 2, 2019, at UFC 235.[15] 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.[16]

Walker faced Corey Anderson on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244.[17] He lost the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[18]

Walker faced Nikita Krylov on March 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 170.[19] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[20]

Walker was initially scheduled to face Ryan Spann at UFC Fight Night 176 on September 5, 2020.[21] However, Walker tested positive for COVID-19 and the bout was postponed to September 19, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 178.[21][22] After being knocked down twice by Spann, Walker won the fight by knockout in the first round.[23]

Walker was scheduled to face Jimmy Crute on March 27, 2021 at UFC 260.[24] However, Walker pulled out of the fight in early February citing a chest injury.[25]

Walker faced Thiago Santos on October 2, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 193.[26] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

As the first bout of his new six-fight contract, Walker faced Jamahal Hill on February 19, 2022 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 201.[28] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[29]

Walker is scheduled to face Ion Cuțelaba on September 10, 2022 at UFC 279.[30]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
25 matches 18 wins 7 losses
By knockout 15 4
By submission 2 1
By decision 1 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–7 Jamahal Hill KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Walker vs. Hill February 19, 2022 1 2:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 18–6 Thiago Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker October 2, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–5 Ryan Spann KO (elbows and punches) UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley September 19, 2020 1 2:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 17–5 Nikita Krylov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. Oliveira March 14, 2020 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil
Loss 17–4 Corey Anderson TKO (punches) 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 0:38 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 Heavyweight debut. 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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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