Ion Cutelaba vs. Johnny Walker Lands on UFC 279

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 01: Johnny Walker of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

September’s UFC 279 is set to be headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev, and an explosive light heavyweight pairing has now joined the card.

Moldovan power-puncher Ion Cutelaba (16-7-1, 1NC) will face Brazil’s Johnny Walker (18-7) at the event, expected to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Walker himself announced the booking via his Youtube channel.

Cutelaba went 0-1-1 in 2021, fighting to a draw against Dustin Jacoby, then winning a decision against Devin Clark. He returned to action in May, only to be submitted care of a Ryan Spann guillotine choke.

Walker, meanwhile, has hit a rough patch of late. At 1-4 in his last five fights, the Brazilian has fallen a long way from the time when he was considered a potential title challenger in the 205 pound division. He’s dropped back-to-back fights against Thiago Santos and Jamahal Hill, and is close to if not in must-win territory at this point in his career.

The 30-year old Contender Series winner started his UFC career with three consecutive wins, and was undefeated from 2017 to 2020, compiling a nine-fight win streak during that time.

UFC 279 currently features the following reported bouts:

  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Jailton Almeida
  • Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf
  • Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson
  • Denis Tiuliulin vs. Jamie Pickett
  • Heili Alateng vs. Chad Anheliger
  • Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed
  • Daniel da Silva vs. Victor Altamirano
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Johnny Walker