Two dangerous light heavyweights have a chance to prove their worth in qualifying in an open division. Johnny Walker will face Jamahal Hill on February 19 inside the UFC APEX Center.
Making his MMA debut in 2013, Walker has fought in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions. Competing in Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, the striking Walker started his UFC career 4-0. Against Misha Cirkunov in 2019, Walker dislocated his shoulder during a post-fight victory dance. He returned later that year and lost to Corey Anderson via TKO. After losing to Nikita Krylov, Walker bounced back in September 2020 by beating Ryan Spann.
Walker’s last fight was in October, losing to Thiago Santos by unanimous decision.
Making his MMA debut in 2017, Hill is another Contender Series alumnus. He is 4-1 without a contest in his UFC career. The no-contest was originally a victory against Klidson Abreu, but was overturned when Hill tested positive for marijuana. Hill’s last fight was a dramatic knockout victory over Jimmy Crute on December 4.
Walker ranks 10th in UFC light heavyweight classifications while Hill ranks twelfth.
The main event for the UFC’s Feb. 19 card has not been announced. Several fights already on the card include Kyle Daukaus vs. Julian Marquez, Ilir Latifi vs. Alexander Romanov, and Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Stephanie Egger.