“Mental Health Is Really Important” – Johnny Walker Opens up Ahead of UFC Fight Night

Published 09/17/2020, 7:20 AM EDT


Before his return to the cage, Johnny Walker talked about the importance of mental health.

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Walker will be a part of the fight card on September 20. He will be involved in a light heavyweight clash as he faces Ryan Spann at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs Woodley.

Walker first stepped into the UFC octagon back in 2018. He started with a dream run and registered 3 wins in his first 5 months with the promotion. He knocked out Khalil Rountree, Justin Ledet, and Misha Cirkunov in a combined time of 2 minutes and 48 seconds.

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But that run ended almost immediately. He faced back-to-back defeats at the hands of Corey Anderson and Nikita Krylov. He was off the tracks and needed to get himself back on as soon as possible.

Walker is now scheduled to take on Ryan Spann at UFC Vegas 11 at the UFC Apex. That fight was postponed to September 20 as Walker tested positive for COVID-19. But he is back up and ready to walk into the octagon with all guns blazing.

Johnny Walker on the importance of mental health

A run like this can take a serious toll on one’s mental health. During an interview with MMA Fighting, he discussed how he keeps himself in check mentally and gave a few tips on how to practice it.

Johnny Walker said, “You have to do some breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation to keep away your troubles and problems and know how to deal with your troubles and problems.

“You have to keep your mind really clean and think positive because when you’re going to fight. Your brain controls your body. So if your brain is not at 100% to give you the right reaction, you don’t focus enough during the fight. In one second you can be knocked out. So mental health is really important.”

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He ended by saying, “You have to keep your mind clean and very focused on the fight. Not just the fight but also for training. You can relax after your hand is up, after you win the fight.”

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Johnny Walker has his mind in order and will take it easy only when he defeats Ryan Spann. Who do you think will win this bout?

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