This list of people willing to fight Francis Ngannou is seemingly getting shorter and shorter. Having rebounded from two worrying losses with a trio of blitzkrieg knockouts of Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, Ngannou has reasserted himself as the scariest fighter in MMA. Yet there is still one man ready and willing to step into the cage with the talented Cameroonian-Frenchman: Brazil’s Johnny Walker.
Walker, to remind, is not even a heavyweight, but a light heavyweight. Nonetheless, he is confident that if was locked in the cage with Francis Ngannou on this very day, he could win.
Johnny Walker made this bold proclamation with a single-word reply to a post on the UFC Brasil Instagram account.
UFC: Mention a name capable of defeating this man today.
Johnny Walker: Me. pic.twitter.com/Sw4EfKe4Tp
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) July 1, 2019
“Mention a name capable of defeating this man today,” read the UFC’s Instagram post, which featured a photo of Ngannou (translations via Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting).
“Me,” Walker replied plainly.
While Johnny Walker would surely be a significant underdog in a prospective showdown with Francis Ngannou, he has certainly proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with as well. In fact, he’s currently on a streak not unlike Ngannou’s.
Since joining the UFC roster in November of 2018, the Brazilian light heavyweight has delivered jaw-dropping knockout victories over Khalil Rountree Jr, Justin Ledet and Misha Cirkunov — all in less than three minutes combined.
These latest victories have carried him to an impressive 17-3 overall record. Ngannou, meanwhile, is 14-3.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 7/1/2019.