Johnny Walker picked up a first-round win over Ion Cutelaba at UFC 279. However, the Brazilian didn’t have much time to celebrate his victory.
His head coach, John Kavanagh, has claimed that the UFC kicked him and the rest of the team out of the arena, with Walker left having to walk the streets of Vegas, still in his fight gear.
Walker kicked off the UFC main card in explosive fashion last night, breaking his two-fight losing streak. The first-round submission in front of a packed-out T-Mobile Arena earned him a first win in two years. A win that was desperately needed if the 30-year-old’s dreams of earning a world title were still to come true.
You would expect that after a big win, the UFC would allow him to enjoy the rest of the fights. This was not the case for Walker, who was asked to leave the arena before even having the chance to remove his fight gear.
Kavanagh claimed online that the UFC asked them to leave the arena, with little, to no explanation, as to why.
“So here we are back at the hotel, Johnny still has his gloves on, didn’t give him a chance to get changed” said Kavanagh.
“They (UFC) kick me backstage, they’re like ‘you win the fight, come back mother****er’” replied Walker.
Whatever the reason, at least allow me your performance-winning fighter the chance to put his shoes on…
What Next for Johnny Walker?
After the Brazilian’s massive victory on Saturday night, he’s earned the chance to fight up the rankings once again. Everyone ahead of him is currently matched up, everyone apart from Paul Craig. Therefore, a fight with the Scotsman could be on the cards in the near future.
Whatever happens, Walker looked very impressive on Saturday night and will look to get back to action ASAP.
Featured image credits to John Kavanagh