Johnny Walker announces match against Ion Cutelaba at UFC 279


The potential for violence in this new rumble of Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweights is almost unheard of.

On his YouTube channel, UFC light heavyweight Johnny Walker (18-7) announced Thursday that he will face Ion Cutelaba (16-7-1, 1 NC) in a 205-pound battle on September 10. They will collide at UFC 279, which will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on pay-per-view. Both of these forwards are celebrating career knockout rates of 75% or higher.

Walker has had a tough time over the past few years, but not for lack of trying. The high-flying Brazilian put himself on the map with a trio of dynamic knockouts in 2018 and 2019, where he put Khalil Rountree, Justin Ledet and Misha Cirkunov in the space of less than four months and just 2h50 of time from combined fight. . Since then, four losses in his last five outings have stifled his momentum, and he will bring a two-fight skid in this duo. His knockout against Ryan Spann in 2020 is marked by these losses against Corey Anderson, Nikita Krylov, Thiago Santos and Jamahal Hill. Despite this, Walker’s finish rate sits at 94% as a pro.

“The Hulk” Cutelaba is only slightly behind Walker’s save rate, with 87% of his own kills inside the distance. Cutelaba has also struggled lately, with just one win in his last five appearances – although he is down to just three losses and a draw against Dustin Jacoby, instead of four losses. The Moldovan gave Devin Clark a hellish beating in which he knocked out Clark’s teeth in 2021, only to get hit by a Spann guillotine choke in May. At the end of the night, one of these exciting light heavyweights will likely return to the win column.

UFC 279 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 10, where a rare non-title bout will serve as the PPV headliner. At 170 pounds, top contender Khamzat Chimaev will face Nate Diaz, the latter fighting the last fight of his UFC contract with seemingly no interest in re-signing. Other fights likely placed higher on the billing include a bantamweight bout between Irene Aldana and Macy Chiasson, and a heavyweight clash between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Jailton Almeida.

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