After laying low for a while, Brazilian Light Heavyweight fighter Johnny Walker is filled with excitement and eagerness to show his winning spirit in the UFC ring.
The ending of the longest hiatus he had to take
“I can’t wait to fight.” Walker said with determination. It’s been so long since his win against Ryan Spann and now he says he can’t wait to get back to training and fighting in the cage again.
In that time Walker was 3-0 officially at the UFC and his battle hadn't been two minutes long before. The best time was on November 17, 2018 when Walker's elbow finished at 1:57 AM with Khalil Rountree Jr. The longest one.
He expressed about his major event assignment "I am really happy and very pleased that UFC agreed to give me this chance." "I'll showcase my value because I'll prove it. I'll show my worth. I am a show-man and I will fight a good battle and emotionally make people watch at home. They'll love my performance."
Rising to be the best fighter and coming back with a huge fight
Walker described a phase of occasions before fighting Spann last September, which made him mainly stranded in Ireland and unable to travel to Montreal's Tristar Gym, where he finished his previous training camp prior to the bout with Nikita Krylov. Walker saw throughout this struggle that he needed to settle and develop a long-term connection with a head coach, so as to achieve his greatest potential.
"I’ve learned how to be more professional and how to use all of my skills,” Walker said. “I am dedicated to my condition. I am now, finally, giving 100 percent of myself and it’s making a tremendous difference in everything I do.”
Now, he’s going to be welcomed back by facing country man fighter, Thiago Santos. Over the years, Santos has fought and conquered battles with competent combatants. He won the reigning Light Heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz and defeated the likes of Smith, Jack Hermansson and Jimi Manuwa. And he’s lost to Jones, Glover Teixeira, Aleksandr Rakic, Vicente Luque and Gegard Mousasi.
So it's likely that Santos won't really be impressed when he meets Walker and they go head to head together in the Octagon. Walker stated that he understands and is aware of that.
"He is a very skilled fighter and he is intelligent. He has a response for whatever he sees," said Walker. "I respect that. "I respect him. A win would put me in a very good place. I understand how difficult that battle will be."
Beating Santos in the 205-pollar division would create a significant impression. And Walker might make history by returning from a long hiatus with a victorious heavily awaited fight.
“I'm going to knock him out, I’ll submit him, I’ll fight hard all the time. I’ll be more cautious, circle around, get in, connect and get out, take him down and get back up. He’ll lose his mind, he won’t understand where it’s coming from and what I’m going to do, and that’s when I’ll catch not only him but all of them.” he announced confidently.