The UFC Fight Night 193 main event was expected to be a barnburner between two Brazilian light heavyweights with a penchant for finishing.
Instead, Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker engaged in a rather forgettable affair, with Santos emerging with a unanimous decision triumph after five lackluster rounds on Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Particularly troubling was the lack of output and aggression from Walker, who recently relocated camps to SBG Ireland. All told, Walker landed just 48 significant strikes.
As it turns out, Walker may have been limited early in the fight. The 29-year-old Rio de Janeiro native revealed via his Instagram story that he may have suffered an injury in the bout. He doesn’t make it clear exactly when the injury might have occurred, however
“I think I broke my foot a little bit,” Walker says in the video. “A little fracture. That’s why I stop kicking.”
The result don’t come but I’m very happy, [five] rounds , against top 5 [opponent], and I get so much experience and I learn and feel it,” Walker wrote on Twitter. “So let’s go, keep working, thank [you Dana White and the UFC] for the opportunity. God bless you all.
The result don’t come but I’m very happy, 5 rounds , against top 5 , and i get so much experience and I learn and feel it , so let’s go , keep working , thank @danawhite @ufc for the opportunity, God bless you all— Johnny Walker (@JohnnyWalker) October 3, 2021