Johnny Walker suffers BRUTAL knockout loss at UFC Saudi Arabia as Conor McGregor’s team-mate is put to sleep by Volkan Oezdemir in round one… with fans suggesting the fight should have been stopped sooner

  • Johnny Walker was knocked out by Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Saudi Arabia
  • The final punch of the fight was thrown by when Walker was already on the floor
  • Referee Jason Herzog was widely criticised for not stopping the fight sooner

Johnny Walker was on the receiving end of a brutal knockout at UFC Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.

The 32-year-old Brazilian – who trains alongside Conor McGregor in Dublin – was floored twice inside the opening round of his light heavyweight clash with Volkan Oezdemir.

He got up after his first knockdown but was put to sleep moments later following a flurry of powerful shots from his Swiss opponent.

Walker already appeared to be done before Oezdemir nailed him with a huge swinging right hand as he lay on the mat.

Referee Jason Herzog was criticised for not stopping the fight before the final punch.

Johnny Walker (left) was knocked out by Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Saudi Arabia on Saturday

The final punch of the fight was thrown by Oezdemir when Walker was already on the floor

The final punch of the fight was thrown by Oezdemir when Walker was already on the floor

Swiss fighter Oezdemir won the contest inside the opening round at Riyadh's Kingdom Arena

Swiss fighter Oezdemir won the contest inside the opening round at Riyadh’s Kingdom Arena

Commentator Michael Bisping even suggested that Walker was only ‘semi-unconscious’ when Oezdemir threw his last punch.

One viewer later tweeted: ‘Is Herzog trying to get Walker killed ffs’.

Another wrote: ‘Referees are there to protect the fighters. This Referee didn’t do that and Walker got hurt when it was not necessary. The last shot was on the referee.’

A third viewer added: ‘Walker was clearly in all kinds of trouble. The referee was way out of position away from the power hand and with a poor angle to protect Walker.’

Many viewers felt that Saturday's fight should have been stopped sooner than it was

Many viewers felt that Saturday’s fight should have been stopped sooner than it was 

Walker looked in a bad way at the end of the contest but he eventually returned to his feet

Walker looked in a bad way at the end of the contest but he eventually returned to his feet

Brazilian Walker pictured before the fight, which was in the light heavyweight division

Brazilian Walker pictured before the fight, which was in the light heavyweight division

Concern for Walker was high as he lay on the floor following his knockout.

However, he was eventually able to get to his feet, much to the relief of those around him.

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