Johnny Walker: I’ll Knock Jon Jones Out If He Fights Me The Way He Did Thiago Santos

Johnny Walker has been the talk of the light heavyweight division for the past several months. Walker has been laying waste to his opponents inside the Octagon rather quickly. He was recently sidelined due to an injury suffered inside the Octagon in his recent outing. However, the injury didn’t occur due to damage inflicted by […]

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Johnny Walker has been the talk of the light heavyweight division for the past several months.

Walker has been laying waste to his opponents inside the Octagon rather quickly. He was recently sidelined due to an injury suffered inside the Octagon in his recent outing. However, the injury didn’t occur due to damage inflicted by his opponent, or damage he inflicted on himself while damaging his opponent.

Instead, Walker was injured while doing the worm as his post-fight celebration. Now that the young Brazilian has been medically cleared to return to the Octagon, he continues to hype an eventual clash with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Due to his early dominance, many have speculated that Walker could be the man to finally give “Bones” a run for his money inside the cage.

Speaking to MMA Fighting recently, Walker addressed Jones’ most recent performance inside the Octagon at UFC 239, where Jones just edged out Walker’s fellow countryman, Thiago Santos, via split decision. Walker said that, if Jones fights him the way he did Santos, he’s going to knock the 205-pound king out:

“I think he can do much better than that,” Walker said. “He definitely has to do more against me, otherwise I’ll knock him out in the first round. I think ‘Marreta’ was a great challenge.

“But ‘Marreta’ got hurt in the first round. Jones is the champion and would obviously win if it went to the scorecards, so I think he took his foot off the gas and the fight went the way you saw.”

Jones has been critical of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community for hyping a fight between himself and a virtually unknown fighter who hasn’t yet defeated a top-ranked opponent. He recently posted the following on Twitter:

“You guys want me to fight someone who is unknown to the general public and hasn’t even fought a top 10 opponent yet? Think about it. Besides if I beat him in December, what would everyone have to look forward to?”

Walker believes Jones is simply scared of getting beat by an unknown fighter, and how much such an occurrence would tarnish his legacy:

“Well, he’s right,” Walker said. “I still haven’t done much (in the UFC). But there aren’t many guys who would give me a big challenge. I don’t have to beat a top 5. People talk too much crap, man.

“People say I don’t have jiu-jitsu, I don’t have wrestling. They say I have to fight a wrestler. The last wrestler I fought lasted five seconds. I’m ready for him and I know I’d be a big challenge. I think he’s afraid to lose to an unknown guy.”

Do you think Walker is the man to finally defeat Jones inside of the Octagon?

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Jon Jones Coach ‘Surprised’ By Scorecard Favoring Thiago Santos

The striking coach of Jon Jones, Brandon Gibson was taken aback when he heard the scorecard of a judge scoring his fight to Thiago Santos. Jones defeated Santos earlier this month at UFC 239 in a career-first split decision, with one of the judges scoring it 48-47 to the Brazilian. It was all the more […]

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The striking coach of Jon Jones, Brandon Gibson was taken aback when he heard the scorecard of a judge scoring his fight to Thiago Santos.

Jones defeated Santos earlier this month at UFC 239 in a career-first split decision, with one of the judges scoring it 48-47 to the Brazilian. It was all the more impressive considering Santos was heavily compromised early on in the fight, having torn every ligament in his left knee.

However, even if Santos did win the first round, Jones did enough to win the remaining rounds according to Gibson:

“I was surprised,” Gibson told MMA Fighting on Monday. “It is part of our job as coaches and trainers to be aware of how a round could have gone. We knew the first round was ultra-competitive but I thought [rounds] 2 through 5 were clearly Jon and I thought we were up.

“We weren’t asking Jon to coast or fight safe or anything like that or protect the lead. We’re always hunting. I was surprised that one judge saw it that way and I was a little surprised some media members I really respect saw it in Thiago’s favor.”

Gibson believes while “Marreta” did land some shots and made a good account of himself, they were not really impactful shots that hurt the reigning light heavyweight champion:

“I just think I have a view as good as any judge during the fight and I thought Jon’s pressure, his feints, his volume, his defense, won us that fight,” Gibson added. “Thiago missed a lot on his counters but maybe the judges thought they were landing.

“They were glancing shots, they were shots that were hitting Jon’s chest or Jon’s shoulders but Thiago came hard to fight for sure.”

Jones Better In Rematches

There have been calls for a rematch, even though it likely won’t happen until 2020 because of Santos requiring surgery.

Regardless, Gibson believes Jones would perform even better in a rematch as he did in his second fights with Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson:

“Jon’s ability to take in information is so extraordinary,” Gibson explained. “That’s what he’s proven with his rematches against [Alexander] Gustafsson and [Daniel] Cormier. Thiago is still young in this sport. Light heavyweight is a thin division at times and even though there’s a lot of up and comers, I’m sure Thiago can be right back up there in contendership soon.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him again and I’d be really happy to see what we could put together after learning for these five rounds.”

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Coach Believes Jon Jones’ Decision Win Over Thiago Santos Was Clear

Striking coach Brandon Gibson was taken aback when Thiago Santos took a scorecard in his UFC light heavyweight title bout with Jon Jones. Jones successfully defended his gold against Santos in the main event of UFC 239. “Bones” took a split…

Striking coach Brandon Gibson was taken aback when Thiago Santos took a scorecard in his UFC light heavyweight title bout with Jon Jones. Jones successfully defended his gold against Santos in the main event of UFC 239. “Bones” took a split decision victory. While many fans and media members thought the fight was close, UFC […]

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Thiago Santos: There Will ‘Definitely’ Be Another Fight With Jon Jones

A rematch with Jon Jones would be a “dream” for Thiago Santos and he believes it will definitely happen in the future. Jones defeated Santos at UFC 239 this past weekend to retain his light heavyweight title. However, it was via a career-first split decision, with one judge scoring the fight in favor of Santos. […]

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A rematch with Jon Jones would be a “dream” for Thiago Santos and he believes it will definitely happen in the future.

Jones defeated Santos at UFC 239 this past weekend to retain his light heavyweight title. However, it was via a career-first split decision, with one judge scoring the fight in favor of Santos. It was all the more impressive considering “Maretta” tore every ligament in his left knee early on in the fight.

While a rematch won’t happen in the immediate future as Santos requires surgery and will be out for the remainder of 2019 at the least, he wants another crack at Jones — this time at 100 percent:

“Surely a rematch with him is a dream,” Santos told Combate (via BJ Penn). “I want to recover from my knee and I sure want to fight him 100 percent, to see how it will be with me being 100 percent, playing my game, doing what we trained. There’s definitely going to be another fight.”

Many were surprised at Santos’ performance as not many expected him to take Jones the full distance, especially with a compromised knee. And Santos hopes his showing leaves a positive message to people around the world:

“I do not know if I shocked the world, but I think I could leave a message, which is what I like to leave, to pass on, I think the most important thing is the legacy we leave,” Santos explained. “I think in this fight I left a lot of people happy, I spent a lot of this fight overcoming the difficulties. I think I was having a hard time at the beginning of the fight and a lot of people would have stopped there, so at least a good message, overcoming, resisting, you keep trying, not giving up, I think that message I was able to pass to people.

Jones, meanwhile, has not been as receptive to a rematch.

Do you think we will see a rematch between Jones and Santos? Who do you think takes it the second time?


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After Close Fight, Thiago Santos ‘Dreams’ Of Jon Jones Rematch

Thiago Santos arguably gave Jon Jones the toughest fight of his career. Although many point to the Alexander Gustafsson fight, Santos is the only person to win a judge’s scorecard against the light heavyweight champion. Not only did Santos give J…

Thiago Santos arguably gave Jon Jones the toughest fight of his career. Although many point to the Alexander Gustafsson fight, Santos is the only person to win a judge’s scorecard against the light heavyweight champion. Not only did Santos give Jones a tough fight, but he also did so on practically one knee. He tore […]

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Thiago Santos To Undergo Knee Surgery Out For Remainder Of 2019

Thiago Santos did what no one expected him to do at UFC 239. There, the Brazilian was taking on Jon Jones, and he had a ton of success and ended up winning the fight on one judge’s scorecards, making him the first person to do that. And, to make it more impressive, “Marreta” was dealing […]

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Thiago Santos did what no one expected him to do at UFC 239. There, the Brazilian was taking on Jon Jones, and he had a ton of success and ended up winning the fight on one judge’s scorecards, making him the first person to do that. And, to make it more impressive, “Marreta” was dealing with a bevy of injuries.

Reports came out from various places that Thiago Santos had torn every single ligament in his knee. And, he is set for surgery which will keep him out for the remainder of 2019, and until the middle of 2020. The reports say he will be out 8-12 months once he goes under the knife.

Although he did not win the fight, Santos was very pleased with his performance.

“The fight was going exactly as we trained,” Santos said at the post-fight press conference (h/t MMA Fighting). “It was a good fight. I was seeing everything, all of his strikes, and was conscious during the fight. My knee really bothered me during the fight. I did everything I could in the conditions I was. It’s a fight. We’re never 100 percent sure that we will win, but I’m satisfied. I left everything in there even after injuring my knee in the first round.

“I fought four rounds on a southpaw stance, unable to move like I usually move, unable to throw the strikes I usually throw. I didn’t shock the world because of those circumstances, but I did what I could do in those conditions and I’m satisfied.”

Whether or not he gets another shot at Jon Jones when he comes back is to be seen. But, the Brazilian gave “Bones” arguably the toughest fight of his career.

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