Johnny Walker’s last trip to the Octagon ended with him getting the first round victory. Despite Walker not sustaining any injuries during the fight, he didn’t leave the Octagon unhurt.
Moments later after finishing the fight, Walker attempted his patented “worm” celebration. Not only did it fetch him some laughter from the crowd but also injured his shoulder. The same injury would require him to undergo surgery and be out of action for some time.
It is a frustrating ride back towards recovery for Walker. Four months later, Walker is surely trying to get back to his training regime. He was present at UFC 239 in Las Vegas and talked to reporters about his expected return and his frustration with the healing process.
“I can’t wait to come back,” Walker said. “(It’s been) more than four months. (For) two months, I 100 percent stopped after my surgery to recover my shoulder. Now I started training again, and I can beat some heavy bags and lift weights, start to train properly. The (first) two months after my surgery (were) the worst months of my life, because I could do nothing. …
“‘Cause I was born for this. I feel so great when I train hard, when I have fights coming up. This is good motivation. Then I stopped myself. I feel so sad. This is frustrating.”
For all the unnecessary troubles that his celebration caused him, one would expect Walker to think twice before doing it again. UFC President Dana White even suggested him to stop doing it. However, the light heavyweight has already made up his mind.
“I don’t need to change my celebration,” Walker said. “The doctor fixed my shoulder. Now I can celebrate it properly. (Dana) told (me to stop), but I won’t hurt myself again. No worries.”
Despite not being sure when he will fully recover, the Brazilian has a potential date and opponent in mind for his Octagon return.
“I would like to fight on UFC Abu Dhabi,” Walker said. “I will know Monday after the UFC. Monday, I’ll know where I’ll be fighting (and) against who. Maybe Corey Anderson in UFC Abu Dhabi, but it’s not 100 percent.”