Light heavyweight contender Johnny Walker looks to have his first Octagon assignment of the new year.
The Brazilian, who trains at SBG HQ in Dublin under the tutelage of John Kavanagh, is set to take on another exciting 205-pound fighter in Jamahal Hill in Las Vegas on February 19. News of the bout was reported by MMA Fighting but has not yet been confirmed by the UFC.
The 29-year-old Walker will be fighting for the first time since an October loss to former title contender Thiago Santos and will be hoping to get his light heavyweight title credentials back on track after dropping three of his last four contests in the cage.
It is also understood that Walker has inked a new multi-fight deal with the UFC ahead of the contest.
Walker has earned a reputation as one of the more entertaining fighters on the UFC’s light heavyweight roster and the fight represents an opportunity for either man to stand out from the crowded field in a division currently ruled by the 42-year-old Glover Teixeira.
Hill, meanwhile, is an equally entertaining striker who rebounded from his first career defeat against Paul Craig last June with a swift KO of Jimmy Crute one month ago from today. Both Hill and Walker, meanwhile, are alums of the UFC’s ‘Contender Series’ show.