UFC Brasilia takes place at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson and will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira.
In the light heavyweight division, prolific finishers Johnny Walker and Nikita Krylov square off on the event’s main card. Walker is looking to get back in the win column after having his nine-fight winning streak snapped by Corey Anderson at UFC 244 in November. Walker was finished in the first round by “Overtime” — something the 27-year-old Walker accomplished over his first three Octagon opponents.
Krylov has lost two out of his last three since returning to the UFC in September 2018. “The Miner” was submitted by Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night 136, picked up a submission win of his own over Ovince St. Preux at UFC 236, before losing a split decision to Glover Teixeira at UFC Vancouver in September.
Here is how the light heavyweight bout between Johnny Walker and Nikita Krylov went down at UFC Brasilia, including round-by-round scoring. For full event results, check them out right here.
Mike Beltran is the third man in the Octagon and we are off. Walker goes to the body right away and a flying knee attempt. Krylov clinches up and looks for a takedown. Walker is able to defend and has Krylov’s back against the cage. They begin to trade heavy shots and Krylov looks for another takedown against the fence. Krylov switches to a single and Walker throws some elbows. Krylov gets the fight to the mat and has over three minutes to work. Walker throwing left hands while on the mat with little damage done, Krylov looking to advance position. Halfway through the round and Krylov trying to get to side control. Walker is staying busy from the bottom but Krylov is able to keep the Brazilian on the mat. Walker gets up to his feet and lands some big shots. Krylov answers with big shots of his own. Walker with a hard jab and Krylov lands hard on Walker which may have stunned him. Another takedown from Krylov with under a minute to go. Elbows from the bottom from Walker, but Krylov in control. Final 30 seconds and Krylov tries to stack Walker and moves to half guard. Krylov ends the round on top.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 Krylov
Both men come up short with kicks and Krylov lands a hard combination before taking Walker to the mat. Walker is on one knee, Krylov has a leg trapped as the first minute of the round comes and goes. Krylov puts Walker down on his back and ends up in half guard. Walker eats a pair of short left hands as Krylov may be looking for that neck. Walker is avoiding any major damage but Krylov is chipping away. Walker gets to full guard and gets his legs up for a triangle attempt. Krylov gets his head free and ends up in side control. Krylov trying to take the back of Walker but ends up on top in half guard. Under two minutes to go in the second round and Krylov continues to chip away with short punches to the body, certainly wearing out the Brazilian fighter. Walker trying to use his legs to push off the fence and does, ending up on top. Krylov looking for a leg with under a minute to go, landing an elbow. Walker spins around and takes the back of Krylov, who transitions to a knee bar attempt. Final 15 seconds and Walker lands a pair of big left hands. Side control for Walker and he lands a pair of hard elbows as the horn sounds.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Krylov
They touch gloves to start the final round. Both men have slowed down a little bit — as one would expect — and Krylov lands a hard push kick to the body. Krylov looking for a double leg and gets the fight to the mat. Walker ends up on top in half guard. Krylov lands an elbow off his back. Walker ends up in full mount and Krylov scrambles on top in half guard. Krylov trying to get that leg out but Walker gets it back to full guard. Three minutes to go in this fight and both men trying to stay busy. Walker with an elbow off his back, Krylov with a short right hand. Left hand over the top from Krylov, Walker is landing elbows off his back. Krylov postures up, looking to stack, Walker able to stay out of big time danger. Walker ring to get an armbar, Krylov is able to defend and land some left hands, elbows to the body as well. Walker trying to move to the fence with less than 90 seconds to go. Walker trying to explode but Krylov is able to stay on top. Final minute of the fight and Krylov lands a pair of hard elbows. Walker able to get back in half guard. Final 30 seconds and Krylov can just cruise to a victory. Final 10 seconds and Krylov will end up on top to end the fight.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Nikita Krylov
Official result: Nikita Krylov def. Johnny Walker via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
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