Paul Craig vs. Johnny Walker on tap for UFC 283 in Brazil


A matchup of light heavyweights between Paul Craig (UFC) and Johnny Walker (UFC) is now available on the UFC’s premier pay-per view lineup 2023.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a fight between Craig and Walker is set for UFC 283, which Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Jan. 21. Ag.Fight first reported the booking.

Craig is looking to rebound after his six-fight streak of unbeaten in July at UFC London was broken by Volkan Ozdemir. Before that, the No. 14 ranked fighter in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings finished four consecutive opponents — Nikita Krylov, Jamahal Hill, Mauricio Rua, and Gadzhimurad Antigulov.

With a win in the first round over Ion Cutelaba,

Walker was back on track. The victory couldn’t have come at a better time for the 30-year-old as he entered the fight with losses in two straight — including a vicious knockout defeat against Jamahal Hill in February — and four of five.

UFC 283 will host the fourth bout between Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo, and Current Interim Titleholder Brandon Moreno.