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Johnny Walker headed to Tristar, blames loss to Corey Anderson on former coach

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https://www.mmamania.com/2020/1/12/21062796/johnny-walker-headed-to-tristar-blames-loss-to-corey-anderson-on-former-coach

UFC 235: Jones v Smith

Oh what a difference one fight can make. Before his bout with Corey Anderson at UFC 244, Johnny Walker was in a dead heat alongside Dominic Reyes for next shot at light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. But then Anderson starched the 27 year old Brazilian with a first round KO. Now our expectations have shifted way, way down. Not only do we realize Walker obviously isn’t ready for a title shot, many are wondering whether he’ll be able to hang in the contender’s circle.

Walker will have a chance to redeem himself on March 14th at UFC Brasilia against Nikita Krylov, who is the same kind of tough and fundamentally sound fighter Anderson was. What will happen in that fight if Johnny can’t land the big flashy knockout early? Where does he go in the UFC if all that sizzle fizzles against opponents at this next level of competition?

We imagine these are questions Walker may be asking himself. Previously the Brazilian has traveled the world piecing together his training in various fight camps. But now he’s ditched his former head coach and is looking for a proper home at Montreal’s Tristar under the tutelage of Firas Zahabi, a coach renown for evening out fighters with lopsided skills.

Walker discussed the loss to Anderson with The Schmo and how the events surrounding it convinced him he needed to make a change.

”I don’t accept this loss because I can beat him,” Walker said. “I know that. But I had a little problem during the fight, fight week as well, before the fight some stress with my team. So I learned a lot and it’s not going to happen again.”

”I don’t train with my old coach any more because the problem is with him,” he continued. “During fight week he stressed me out twice and before the fight he almost hurt my shoulder because he don’t know how to hold the pad properly. We don’t match too well on fight week. For a long time I start having these, you know, because we live together, about respect as well. Somethings are not getting met. So now I have no coach and I’m trying to go to Tristar and look for a new coach and new experience and new guys. And I’m ready to restart again.”

While pinning the blame so heavily on his former coach isn’t a good look, at least it’s left Johnny with confidence that he’ll be able to turn things around.

”I’ll be ready. I’m going to train hard there, gonna learn as much as I can, I’m gonna beat Nikita Krylov,” he said.

As for the doubters?

”I don’t care what people think,” Walker said. “I’m going to be the same guy, but better.”

“I’m gonna work in everything,” he concluded. “Wrestling, jiu jitsu, strike, box, everything that I can work. I always learn and improve myself everyday. So I’ll be better and I’ll be back. Soon. The 14th of March. Brazil. My time to get the bonus of the night again.”

 

What do you think? Is Tristar the right place for someone like Johnny Walker?

Edited by Jolldan

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He's getting the exact same thing from Krylov that he got from Anderson. 

This guy is still the next big thing..... in PFL.

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I still like Johnny, but he's never going to be able to improve that chin. He's always going to be a live by the sword kind of guy, which is at least fun to watch.

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19 hours ago, I_Take_Roids_m8 said:

So hes blaming his coach for being an idiot? Lol

I can get if its an objective move to try and improve as a martial artist for example "Look at my current camp their isn't really a big enough pool of high level wrestlers for me to improve my overall grappling game so im making a change" no problem with that. 

But its never a good sign when a guy just says "yeah this was 100% my coaches fault" 

Tristar's a great gym but you gotta wonder if it will be a repeat of the same if he truly sees his coach as the sole reason for his defeat.

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50 minutes ago, Jolldan said:

I can get if its an objective move to try and improve as a martial artist for example "Look at my current camp their isn't really a big enough pool of high level wrestlers for me to improve my overall grappling game so im making a change" no problem with that. 

But its never a good sign when a guy just says "yeah this was 100% my coaches fault" 

Tristar's a great gym but you gotta wonder if it will be a repeat of the same if he truly sees his coach as the sole reason for his defeat.

 

Agree 100%. He needs to fight smarter. The dude is big like Jones and needs to adapt that fighting style. He cans till KO people but needs to pick his shots better. He has power but like @PlatinumClegg said, no chin. 

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2 hours ago, VertFTW said:

Anthony Pettis syndrome

Maybe if you post about the same fighter in eight threads, you'll get the reaction your peabrain is hoping for?

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This fight will literally be who lands first.

Unless Krylov has a crimson chin.

In that case, Walker's gonna get flatlined.

He can dish it out but can't take it.

Man got KO'd like 6 times in an 18 second fight once.

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5 hours ago, ijosef said:

I'd laugh if he went to Tristar and transformed into a takedown-spamming, lay-n-pray fighter.

he would learn from the best

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Brazilians always been good at blaming anything and everyone else for their failures instead of themselves.

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On 1/13/2020 at 8:25 AM, I_Take_Roids_m8 said:

So hes blaming his coach for being an idiot? Lol

 

On 1/13/2020 at 9:48 PM, skillandpower said:

This was by far the most pathetic excuse ever.

This guy is an idiot

Couldn't have said it better lol

I h8 excuses like that. If you lose it's on you man. 

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14 hours ago, PunchBag said:

Brazilians always been good at blaming anything and everyone else for their failures instead of themselves.

Not every brazilian, m8

(Cough cough)

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