A light heavyweight showdown is heading to the UFC’s September pay-per-view event.
On Thursday, Johnny Walker posted a video to his YouTube channel announcing that he’s fight Ion Cutelaba at UFC 279. MMA Fighting subsequently confirmed the matchup with a person with knowledge of the promotion’s plans.
Walker will look to get back on track after suffering losses in two straight, and four of his five most recent outings. Following a 3-0 start to his octagon run — all first-round knockouts — the 30-year-old went on to suffer losses to Corey Anderson, Nikita Krylov, Thiago Santos, and Jamahal Hill, with a KO win over Ryan Spann sandwiched in-between.
Cutelaba is also hoping to get back in the win column after a first-round submission loss to Spann at May’s UFC Vegas 54 event. Prior to that, “The Hulk” defeated Devin Clark and fought Dustin Jacoby to a split draw.