UFC light heavyweight contender Johnny Walker is still mad about the unfortunate result to his latest outing. Halfway through the first round of his fight with Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 294, the Brazilian was hit with an illegal knee to the head while downed, resulting in No Contest. But Walker hopes that is not the last time his path crosses with the Russian’s.
Johnny Walker is out for blood
In fact, Johnny Walker has been trying to secure an immediate rematch with Ankalaev as soon as possible, just so he can unleash his anger and frustration on a man who the Brazilian calls a dirty fighter. In an interview with Ag Fight, Walker explained exactly what he intends to do if has a chance to rematch the Russian.
“I’m going to catch him again, God willing, as soon as possible. We’ve been negotiating to see if I can return and rematch him. I’m sure I’m going to send that guy to the moon. There will be no talking with that guy. I’m going to mess him up, I’m going to tear through him and erase him from history, because he’s a dirty guy. I’m going to mess him up good.”
“I’m pissed off,” Walker said. “That a*****e hit me with an illegal knee. He should have been disqualified. I’m going to catch him. I’m going all out, no question about it. He has already seen the kind of animal I am.”
Walker wanted Magomed Ankalaev to be DQ’d at UFC 294
Much like Johnny Walker said shortly after the fight, one of the main reasons why he was so frustrated with the result is the way the whole situation was handled during the time when the fight was stopped after the knee. Had the problem been tackled differently, perhaps the Brazilian would not have been so frustrated and so eager to take on Ankalaev immediately.
“They didn’t give me time to calm down, to recover,” Walker said in an interview on the MMA Hour. “If I had gotten kicked in the balls, I have five minutes to recover. I’m kneed in the face, I have nothing to recover. An illegal knee in the face? It’s more disappointing because the same thing happened with Aljamain and he became a champ after a knee like that.
“I don’t want to become champion [like that], but maybe take points off of him and the fight continues, or maybe disqualify him or whatever. It’s an illegal shot. He could put me out with a very illegal shot. I could have damage in my brain. Before, I gave him a legal and intentional knee on the middle, I came in with the flying knee and I missed. But on the floor, you know the rules. It’s a very dirty move. I’m upset.”
Both men have impressive wins in the UFC
The No Contest at UFC 294 also interrupted a three-fight winning streak for Johnny Walker (21-7-1 NC), which included victories over Anthony Smith, Paul Craig and Ion Cutelaba. The 31-year-old’s most recent defeat dates back to knockout loss to current champion Jamahal Hill, in February 2022.
Meanwhile, Magomed Ankalaev (17-1-1-1 NC) has not lost a fight ever since his Octagon debut, when he got submitted by Paul Craig, in March 2018. Afterwards, the 31-year-old put together a nine-fight win streak, which includes wins over notable names such as Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos and Volkan Oezdemir. However, in his most recent outings, the Russian had a No Contest against Walker and fought former champion Jan Blachowicz to a split draw in December 2022.
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