UFC 279: Johnny Walker chokes Ion Cutelaba in round 1

Johnny Walker had a rough year with that knock out loss to Jamahal Hill. But he recovered in style and ended his clash with Ion Cutelaba early in order to ask for a spot on the UFC’s Brazil card.

Light heavyweights Ion Cutelaba and Johnny Walker traded takedowns early on in round 1. While it looked like Walker was in deep, he managed to get free. Cutelaba won’t be as lucky.

Walker came into tonight having lost 4 of his last 5. Cutelaba had a similar streak, needing the win. The loser is likely to get cut by the UFC. The fact that they weren’t already is a testament to how much light heavyweight division is struggling ever since longtime champion Jon Jones decided to move up.

Walker got the arm under the chin and scored a short choke type variation looked like – giving him the W.

 Johnny Walker def. Ion Cutelaba by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 1 (4:37)

Johnny Walker revealed ‘he was seeing things that weren’t there’, revealed mental health struggle in lead up to the event.

“I woke up in the middle of the night seeing things, woke up and started packing my bags saying I wanted to go home, that I couldn’t stay there anymore.”
“When I stopped using [CBD] I became more confident and trusted people more, could focus on a goal and get early to the gym. My life is 100 percent better now, brother,”

“I was having arguments with my fiancee all the time, thinking of a bunch of crap. I wasn’t acting like my real self, you know? It was affecting me a lot and I had no idea what it was. The more anxious I got, the more CBD I took”

Walker believes that his mental health issues can be attributed to CBD use and even went so far as to say he’s ‘extremely allergic to THC (an ingredient in CBD).