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UFC Fight Night 170 Results: 44-second finish, Legendary fighter gets knocked out, Kevin Lee and Johnny Walker suffer losses 

  • The empty arena didn't prevent the event from being an entertaining affair.
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Modified 15 Mar 2020, 06:58 IST

#2. Johnny Walker vs. Nikita Krylov (Light Heavyweight)

Walker vs. Krylov
Walker vs. Krylov

Johnny Walker is a showman of the highest order but he needed to bring his A-game today as he was coming off a crushing loss to Corey Anderson. Nikita Krylov also needed a big win as he was beaten via split decision in his last Octagon appearance against Glover Teixeira.

In the end, it was the Ukrainian who had the last laugh inside the empty Nilson Nelson Gymnasium. Krylov had a game plan and he executed it from the first round. He managed to close the distance and got the fight to the ground. While Walker did get some offence in, it was Krylov who enjoyed most of the success in the first round of the fight.

He didn't take his foot off the pedal, though, as he landed an early takedown in the second round after coming in hot with a series of punches. Walker wasn't idle on the mat as he got the guard and attempted an arm triangle himself. However, he conceded his position and Krylov took side control. Both men scrambled for positions in the second round and exchanged shots on the ground, and it ended up being a close round to call.

Krylov unsurprisingly went for the takedown again in the third and final round, but this time, Walker swept and got into top position. Krylov ended the fight on a high as he unleashed elbows and short punches, and that was enough to get him the win.

Result: Nikita Krylov def. Johnny Walker via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Has the hype surrounding Johnny Walker truly come to an end? He is now on a two-fight losing streak and it would take a big performance to rebuild his credibility as an all-action finisher.

As for Nikita Krylov, The Miner put on a professional performance and picked up a massive win.

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Published 15 Mar 2020, 06:58 IST
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