Johnny Walker Says First Career Loss Could Be Good For Sean O’Malley

Johnny Walker has some advice for Sean O'Malley.

O’Malley competed in the co-main event of UFC 252, suffering a first-round TKO loss to Marlon Vera. That was the first loss O’Malley has suffered in his professional MMA career. That is not such a bad thing if Johnny Walker is to be believed.

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“We started really good, we beat good guys, but when you arrive in the [top 15] rankings, you get better guys, more high level,” Walker told SCMP MMA. “When we don’t have enough experience, sometimes it’s good to have losses to wake us up, to show us where the holes are in our games are and where we can improve.”

O’Malley suffered not only first career loss at UFC 252, but also a potential ankle and/or lower leg injury. Walker, who has suffered a pair of defeats in the UFC, is confident O’Malley will come back better than ever.

“This guy [O’Malley] is a really good fighter, and I’m sure he’s going to come back better,” Walker said. “Two guys get [to the cage], and just one comes out as a winner. The sport is like that.”

The light-heavyweight star is back in action next month at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley, facing Ryan Spann.

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