Johnny Walker wins at UFC 279, kisses opponent on cheek after victory

Conor McGregor’s training partner Johnny Walker returns to winning ways at UFC 279 by beating Ion Cutelaba by submission… before giving his stricken opponent a KISS on the cheek when he tapped out

  • Johnny Walker won in first round of his UFC 279 bout, via rear naked chokehold 
  • After submitting Ion Cutelaba, Walker placed a kiss on the cheek of his opponent
  • Walker also did the ‘worm’, after previously hurting himself doing the dance

The chaotic, but highly anticipated, UFC 279 main card got off to an interesting start on Saturday night. 

In the opening bout Brazilian Johnny Walker, Conor McGregor’s colorful training partner, submitted Moldovan Ion Cutelaba with a rear naked chokehold at the end of the first round.

While many may have predicted a Walker win, what was unexpected was him celebrating by placing a kiss on the cheek of his opponent, and then breaking out into the worm in the center of the ring.

Speaking after the bout, Walker said: ‘Dana… I need a bonus my friend. I’m getting better. I don’t just want to knock people out, I want to show I can finish people on the ground.

Johnny Walker submitted Ion Cutelaba in the first round via a rear naked chokehold

After placing a kiss on the cheek of his opponent, he did ‘the worm’ in the center of the ring

‘There’s no secret, there’s just two words… commitment and consistency. Without commitment you never start, and without consistency, you can’t finish.’

It was also interesting to note that Walker’s choice of celebration was to do ‘the worm,’ after he previously suffered a torn pectoral muscle attempting the celebration.

Walker was ranked No. 13 in the UFC’s light heavyweight division and will certainly see himself rise up the rankings following Saturday night’s impressive win. 

Whether or not he receives that bonus from Dana White however, remains to be seen. 

Walker smiles ecstatically while having his hand raised following the post-fight announcement

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