Johnny Walker might need to change his title to Johnny Hopper. Walker, hopping on one leg for almost all of his end, scored a first-round TKO of Paul Craig at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday.
Walker vs. Craig began out comparatively sluggish with each fighters measuring the space. Walker, the extra skilled striker, landed the occasional leg kick to maintain his opponent humble. Craig created a possibility for himself by catching Walker’s kick, nevertheless it was the start of the tip for the Scot. Walker landed a tough proper cross whereas standing on one leg. Craig, latching onto Walker’s leg, was unable to defend himself from a flurry of punches and again fists. Walker planted his foot by the fence and walloped on Craig with backwards hammer fists for a TKO stoppage at 2:16 of Round 1.
“I do not give a f—. This is my division now,” Walker advised Daniel Cormier throughout their post-fight interview. “You have been the large champ-champ. Now it is my flip. You are a giant motivation for me. I need to be like Cormier. I need to have two belts.”
Walker improved to 20-7 with consecutive finishes in opposition to Craig and Ion Cutelaba. He will possible usurp Craig’s No. 10 mild heavyweight rating come Monday. Craig dropped to 16-6-1 and has misplaced back-to-back fights.
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