BREAKING: Johnny Walker Set for His UFC Return in 2022

Published 12/18/2021, 11:05 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: Johnny Walker of Brazil reacts after his TKO victory over Ryan Spann in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC light heavyweights Johnny Walker and Jamahal Hill are reportedly set to scrap at some point early next year. mma ideas.com first reported this booking, and MMA Fighting went on to confirm that talks have taken place between both men. However, no details surrounding the venue, date, or position on the card have been released as it stands.

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The light heavyweight division has picked up steam in the last few years as contenders are looking to make a dash towards gold. Furthermore, a new champion was also crowned recently when Glover Teixeira got the better of Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267. The insertion of a new divisional champion almost always leads to a surge in competition amongst contenders.

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Johnny Walker vs Jamahal Hill- An overview

Johnny Walker is 1-3 in his last four fights and came up short in his last fight against Thiago Santos back in October. At one point, he was on an absolute tear in the division and was labeled by some as a future contender. However, another loss could put Walker in perilous waters with a possibility of receiving his walking papers.

Walker is extremely explosive at the start of the contest and he can catch Jamahal Hill coming in. However, he tends to drop a high guard when cutting off the cage and could get countered by Hill if he’s not careful.

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Jamahal Hill bounced back from a TKO loss to Paul Craig where he also sustained an injury to his arm. ‘Sweet Dreams’ earned a spectacular KO over Jimmy Crute in just 48 seconds of the very first round. He now has the opportunity to take his game to the next level by stopping a staple divisional contender, Johnny Walker.

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Jamahal Hill’s handspeed has been a recurring issue for his past opponents and it will come down to who can land on the button first. Thus far in a battle of pace, Walker has come out ahead, but Jamahal Hill can certainly rise up to the challenge. Fans will circle this fight as a must-see contest when it rolls around next year.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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