The UFC is close to finalizing a light heavyweight bout between Johnny Walker and Corey Anderson in November at UFC 244 in Madison Square Garden, sources told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Both sides have verbally agreed to the matchup, added Okatomo.
The two fighters, who have both been touted as future opponents for 205-pound king Jon Jones, called for the clash on social media last week:
Anderson, the No. 8-ranked light heavyweight, recently traded barbs with Jones on Twitter, later confronting him at an autograph signing. However, UFC president Dana White said Anderson won’t be next in line for a title shot.
The veteran is riding a three-fight win streak, but he has yet to compete in 2019 following the birth of his child.
Meanwhile, the highly touted Walker – a product of Dana White’s Contender Series – has burst onto the MMA scene with a 3-0 start to his UFC career, and all of his wins have come via knockout or TKO.
The No. 12-ranked 205-pounder has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder celebrating a March win over Misha Cirkunov.
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