Johnny Walker will take his first step into the deep side of the UFC’s light heavyweight pool in Las Vegas today.
Walker faces Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235 on pay-per-view (PPV) tonight (Sat. March 2, 2019). The young Brazilian has been dominant thus far in his UFC run with a pair of first-round knockout finishes. He trounced Justin Ledet at UFC on ESPN+ 2 last month in only 15 seconds.
With such short fights under the UFC banner, Walker hasn’t been able to really show off his full arsenal to the MMA community. He hopes he’s able to drag Cirkunov into the third round in Las Vegas in order to change that (via MMAjunkie):
“I think Misha can give me a hard fight,” Walker said. “I hope to make three rounds against him because I need to test myself. If we fight three rounds it would be good. People can see my game and be scared.
“I can do something that nobody saw. Something new, I can do. I will try. I’m not scared to try every move, something crazy. This will make me so proud.”
Walker will have no easy night at the office against Cirkunov, who is a proven finisher inside the Octagon. None of his fights in the UFC have ever gone the distance. In his last outing, the Canadian submitted Patrick Cummins in the first round with an arm-triangle choke.