The charismatic Brazilian spurred interest in his rise with a spectacular Octagon debut, as he leveled Khalil Rountree with a close-quarters elbow strike at UFC Fight Night 140 on Nov. 17, 2018. His hype train only picked up steam from there. In two subsequent appearances, Walker obliterated Justin Ledet and Misha Cirkunov in less than a minute combined. So it was that he entered his ill-fated UFC 244 confrontation with Corey Anderson on a nine-fight winning streak, only to succumb to punches from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 19 winner 2:07 into the first round. A unanimous decision loss to Nikita Krylov four months later knocked more shine off of Walker’s star and clouded his immediate future.
As Walker awaits word on his next assignment from the UFC, here are some of the numbers that have come to define him:
28: Years of age. Walker was born on March 30, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro.
14: Wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 82 percent of his career total. All but one of those victories took place inside the first or second rounds. Walker blew away Andrew Flores Smith with punches 28 seconds into Round 3 of their pairing at a Peru Fighting Championship event in 2015.
15: Seconds needed to stop Ledet at UFC Fight Night 144. It was the quickest stoppage of Walker’s career, though he does have five other sub-minute finishes to his credit.
21: Significant strikes landed in his first three UFC appearances combined. Walker won all three fights, defeated Rountree, Ledet and Cirkunov in a grand total of 230 seconds.
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10: Fighters ahead of him in the UFC’s 205-pound rankings. Only Dominick Reyes, Thiago Santos, Anthony Smith, Jan Blachowicz, Anderson, Volkan Oezdemir, Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira, Aleksandar Rakic and Krylov are ranked ahead of Walker in the light heavyweight pecking order behind champion Jon Jones.
6: Countries in which he has competed as a professional mixed martial artist. Walker has gone 10-4 in Brazil, 2-1 in the United States, 2-0 in England, 1-0 in Peru, 1-0 in Belgium and 1-0 in Argentina.
3: Post-fight bonuses banked in five UFC appearances. Walker was awarded “Performance of the Night” at UFC Fight Night 140, UFC Fight Night 144 and UFC 235, earning an additional $150,000.
2: Championships won. Walker captured titles in the Ultimate Challenge MMA and European Beatdown organizations prior to his arrival in the UFC.
.765: Cumulative winning percentage of the five men—Krylov, Anderson, Henrique Silva Lopes, Klidson Abreu and Wagner Prado—who have defeated Walker.
1: Submission loss on his resume. Walker tapped to a rear-naked choke from Abreu 3:10 into the second round of their confrontation at Samurai Fight Combat 12 on Oct. 10, 2015.
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