RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Johnny Walker only needed four months to turn himself into a must-watch attraction in the UFC. And now, he’s aiming at the sport’s best.
Still recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered while celebrating his win over Cirkunov in March, Walker believes he’s not far from a shot at the 205-pound belt.
“Man, I think that one or two more (wins is enough), but I’m ready to fight Jon Jones already,” Walker told reporters during UFC 237 on Saturday night. “All I need is to recover my shoulder and have a decent camp. But I’m ready. I have enough technique and experience for that. I don’t think he has anything to surprise me.
“I’m ready to beat Jon Jones. Now. Anyone they put (against me), I’ll accept it, but I’d rather fight someone from the top 5 next. But if it’s a top 10, that’s okay, I’m the No. 12 now. I’ll accept anyone that’s ahead of me, but I want to beat Jon Jones. But I have to go slowly, I don’t want to take anyone’s spot. Many people deserve it more than me, I still have a lot to show, and I will conquer my space.”
Even though Walker would like to see a fellow Brazilian bring the UFC light heavyweight championship back to the country, he wants to be the one to dethrone a dominant titleholder like “Bones”.
“I know I’m following the right path,” Walker said. “I think I was born to be champion.”