UFC 279: Johnny Walker kicked out after win over Ion Cutelaba, video, Dana White response, Khamzat Chimaev


UFC star Johnny Walker was still in celebration mode after kicking off the pay-per-view card on Sunday when he was sent packing.

Walker secured a first round submission victory over Ion Cutelaba, but shortly after having his hand raised he found himself standing on the outside looking in.

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As he and his team made their way out of the arena into the backstage area, they were escorted out of T-Mobile Arena and onto the Las Vegas strip. Walker was without shoes still had his gloves on.

Walker’s coach John Kavanagh posted to social media multiple clips showing security walking himself and his fighter out.

Kavanagh says they were told it was for “security reasons”.

“So, UFC just came and kicked us out,” Kavanagh wrote.

“No tickets for us and not allowed stay back stage to watch. Pulled out back door, kicked out, not even [with] shoes on.”

Kavanagh went on to also post a video of himself and Walker back at the hotel and he was still wearing his fight outfit.

“So here we are back at the hotel, Johnny still has his gloves on, he didn’t get a chance to get changed,” he added.

UFC boss Dana White was asked about the incident immediately after sitting down for his press conference.

“I guess ever since Covid they started this thing where they get the fighters right out of here, I don’t know why that happened or what happened. I mean we’re not throwing Johnny Walker out on the streets shoeless I’m sure,” White says before a journalist interjects telling him there’s pictures of him on the street with no shoes on.

“So we f***ing threw him right out on the streets huh?” White says before saying “it’s rough around here”.

Later in the card Khamzat Chimaev proved he was one of the scariest men in the world, tapping out Kevin Holland in a brutal first round submission after a wild week.

Joe Rogan called the stunning performance “terrifying” as he finished it just 133 seconds into the fight.

“Say something,” Chimaev said after hijacking the microphone post-fight.

“So what now? This is Chechnya motherf****r.

“I’m the most dangerous guy here, I’m coming for everybody. I kill every body. Allahu Akbar.”

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