UFC light heavyweight contender Johnny Walker is out of his upcoming fight against Jimmy Crute at UFC 260, and a new opponent has been found.
Crute himself announced that Walker has withdrawn from the fight. The two were expected to meet in a high-profile 205lbs bout on the undercard of UFC 260, which takes place on March 27 at a location TBD. On Tuesday, Crute took to his social media to announce that Walker is out of the fight. Crute says that the UFC has already found a replacement opponent, which is expected to be revealed in the upcoming days.
Jimmy Crute made a post on Instagram stating that his scheduled opponent Johnny Walker has withdrawn from UFC 260.
An unnamed replacement has been found. pic.twitter.com/0H7stwiCfR
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 9, 2021
Jimmy Crute: A wise man called @danielkellyjudo once told me “in a sport that’s supposed to be full of tough guys you’d be surprised at how many pussies there are in this sport” very true words. Disappointed that my opponent has ducked me yet again but I can’t say that I am surprised that being said I can’t express how excited and grateful I am that a true fighter has decided to step in and fight me. This is a better fight, better name and bigger challenge but I’m ready for it. . . . #ufc #mma #fight
Though Crute said that Walker “ducked” him, the Brazilian’s team confirmed to MMAFighting.com that Walker is injured with a torn pectoral muscle, which is the reason he was forced to withdraw from the fight.
Crute (12-1) has a solid UFC record of 4-1 and he has won all four of his UFC fights by stoppage, over Paul Craig, Sam Alvey, Modestas Bukauskas, and Michael Oleksiejczuk, with his lone loss in the Octagon coming against Misha Cirkunov. Based on what Crute said as far as getting a “better name,” you have to imagine that this new mystery opponent is someone ranked above him in the UFC light heavyweight rankings. Right now, Crute is ranked No. 12 in the world. Some bigger names above him in the rankings include Anthony Smith and Volkan Oezdemir, to name a few. We will likely find out Walker’s replacement in the coming days.
Who do you want to see Jimmy Crute fight now that Johnny Walker is out of UFC 260?
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