Walker Johnny Silva Barra de Souza was on a nine-fight win streak, and a candidate for a title-shot vs. light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, until he was TKOed in 127 seconds by Corey Anderson at UFC 244. Now Walker plans to prepare at Firas Zahabi's Tristar for his next fight, vs. Nikita Krylov at UFC on ESPN+ 28.
And during a recent interview with The Schmo, Walker pinned the loss to Anderson on his former coach.
"I don't accept this loss because I can beat him," said Walker, as transcribed by Ryan Harkness for MMA Mania. "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 anymore because the problem is with him. 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, because we live together, about respect as well. Some things 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."
"I'll be ready. I'm going to train hard there, gonna learn as much as I can, I'm gonna beat Nikita Krylov. ... I don't care what people think. I'm going to be the same guy, but better."
"I'm gonna work in everything. Wrestling, jiu-jitsu, strike, box, everything that I can work. I always learn and improve myself every day. 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."