BREAKING: Johnny Walker Returns to UFC Main Card in 2021

Published 01/03/2021, 12:28 AM EST


The UFC’s light heavyweight division has entered a new era. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier dominated the 205-pound division in the UFC for the better part of a decade. With both men not in the picture anymore, the likes of Jiri Prochazka, Johnny Walker, and Jimmy Crute among others will look to make an impact.

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The UFC prides itself on matching the best against the best. As the promotion starts to unveil its matchups for the early half of 2021, fans can expect a lot of good fights. Reports suggest that ninth-ranked light heavyweight Johnny Walker is set to take on 12th ranked Jimmy Crute on March 27th. 

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Jimmy Crute vs Johnny Walker set to be an explosive encounter at 205-pounds 

Brett Okamoto of ESPN tweeted, “Per sources, Jimmy Crute (@CruteJim) vs. Johnny Walker (@JohnnyWalker) agreed to for March 27. Sick matchup between some of the new blood at 205 … really like this one.”

Jonny Walker burst onto the scene in the UFC on Dana White’s Contender Series. He then went on a three-fight win streak where he displayed impressive and innovative striking. Walker stopped all three of his opponents in devastating fashion, and by doing so garnered a lot of hype around him. 

At UFC 244 against Corey Anderson, Walker succumbed to his first loss in the UFC via TKO. He then succumbed to another loss against Nikita Krylov in March last year. Two consecutive losses after such a stellar start in the UFC were bound to be scrutinized. 

Walker bounced back with a stunning knockout win over Ryan Spann last September. He now faces an incredibly tough adversary in Jimmy Crute and will aim to go on another winning streak.

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Crute, on the other hand, is also a product of Dana White’s Contender Series. ‘The Brute’ secured three wins on the trot in the UFC via stoppage before succumbing to a loss against Misha Cirkunov in September 2019. 

He bounced back impressively with two stoppage wins in 2020 over the likes of Michal Oleksiejczuk and Modestas Bakauskas. He will be aiming to extend his UFC record to 3-0. 

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What do you make of a matchup between Jimmy Crute and Johnny Walker? Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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