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A clash in the Light Heavyweight division, see’s Johnny Walker take on Ion Cutelaba. Hoping to end a nightmare tailspin, which has seen Walker drop four of the last five, the Brazilian urgently needs a victory. Still ranked thirteenth in the division, Walker remains in a good position to turn things around. However, another loss would drop undoubtedly drop him out of the rankings and potentially the UFC. Meanwhile, Cutelaba has been a mixed bag of late. Going 2-3-1 over the past six fights, Cutelaba has been far from consistent. Yet with an opportunity to knock off a ranked foe, Cutelaba can do himself a world of favors by winning.
Bound to be action packed fight, both these gentleman are in urgent need of a win. Since becoming a more tame fighter, Walker has coincidentally become less successful. Known for his striking, Walker looks to use his length to pick apart foes. Perhaps more technical now than in the past, Walker doesn’t rely on his power to put an end to a fight. With some grappling chops too, albeit often ignoring them, Walker is far better than this tailspin suggest. In the other corner, Cutelaba is a wild-man, who has power and immense physical strength. Utilizing his wrestling in the two fights prior to his most recent bout, Cutelaba has secured seventeen takedowns and over thirteen minutes of control time. However, it’s not all gravy, as his wildness, durability and cardio are often sporadic. Yet, I favor that in a fight against a more tame Walker. So with that said, in this crap shoot of a fight, I have Cutelaba winning via TKO.