Las Vegas, Nevada: Johnny Walker did it again, this time stopping Misha Cirkunov for his third straight first-round UFC win.
The light heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on ESPN following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.
Walker (17-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) rushed to the center to start the contest and pumped a few fakes to gauge his opponent’s reactions. As Cirkunov (14-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) tried to feel him out and advance, Walker launched into a flying knee that landed clean and sent his opponent to the canvas. Walker jumped on top with battering punches to a covering opponent, and the contest was waved off at the 36-second mark of the round.
During his post-fight celebration, Walker fell forward and was in mid-worm when he rolled to his side and clutched at his shoulder. He later admitted that he’d dislocated it doing the dance move he’s made his signature after devastating knockouts.
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“The shoulder injury is no big deal,” Walker said after the win. “I can fight with one arm, it’s no problem for me. Anyone, anywhere, anytime, just send me location.”
UFC President Dana White wishes Walker would not injure himself celebrating.
“This kid’s special, and I wish he would stop doing that (expletive) after,” the UFC executive told reporters after the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “There’s no upside to celebrating like that after — the kick-worm, or whatever the hell that thing is that he was he was trying to do. It’s unnecessary. You don’t need to do it. What you did was impressive enough.”
It’s a great thing when you’re a promoter to have a young talent that gets the crowd going. It’s not so great when he gets himself into trouble through his own recklessness.
“I’m hearing that he’s OK,” White said. “It’s all I’ve been terrorizing the medical staff about tonight. They’re going to wait until Monday to get him an MRI, because he said he was fine. All the symptoms looked good after the fight. Hopefully, that’s true.”