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UFC light heavyweight Johnny Walker has pledged to get back on the horse after suffering a first round knockout defeat to Jamahal Hill in last Saturday’s main event fight in Las Vegas.

The Brazilian striker, who trains in Dublin under the SBG banner, was finished by the dynamic Hall after he landed a thunderous shot to Walker’s forehead and followed up with a single ground strike before the referee called a halt to the fight. The loss was Walker’s fourth in his past five contests but the 29-year-old says that he will rebound from the setback in what was his second UFC main event.


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“I’m fine, on to the next one,” Walker wrote via translation. “Thank you all for the support. Love you. This is the sport, one wins and the other one loses, but I never give up.”

“What’s up, guys? I’m okay,” Walker says in the accompanying video, in which his coach John Kavanagh can be seen in the background. “Just a little cut here. I sleep in the fight so something happened wrong.”