Johnny Walker was told to keep walking.
The UFC fighter was ordered out of T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, according to his trainer John Kavanagh, as the 30-year-old was still barefoot and wearing his gloves after defeating Ion Cutelaba in a light heavyweight bout to open the UFC 279 main card.
“So @ufc just came and kicked us out. No tickets for us and not allowed to stay backstage to watch. Walked out the back door, kicked out, not even shoes,” Kavanagh wrote on Twitter, with a photo of a shirtless walker without shoes.
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UFC President Dana White addressed the situation at a press conference following the pay-per-view.
“I guess since COVID they started this thing where they get the fighters out of here. I don’t know why it happened or what happened,” White said. “I mean, we’re not throwing Johnny Walker down the street with no shoes on, I’m sure.”
Told there was a photo of Walker outside with no shoes on, White said, “So we threw him out in the street, huh? It’s tough out here. I don’t know.”
Kavanagh, who also coaches Conor McGregor, seemed happier on Sunday morning after Walker received a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
“All is forgiven @ufc you can fire us at any time,” Kavanagh wrote on Twitter.