Walker medically cleared after shoulder surgery

UFC light heavyweight prospect Johnny Walker has been medically cleared to return to action following shoulder surgery, his manager Lucas Lutkus told ESPN.

Walker had surgery on his right shoulder joint in mid-March after he injured it while celebrating his 36-second victory over Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235. The win improved Walker's record to 3-0 in the UFC and extended his win streak to nine in a row.

According to Lutkus, Walker (17-3) is targeting a September return but no opponent has been finalized yet.

"A top-10 fighter is what we have been talking with the UFC about," Lutkus said. "He is No. 10 now with (Alexander) Gustafsson and (Jimi) Manuwa retired, so it is what makes sense.

"Honestly, Johnny will take on any name offered. Be it a vet like Glover (Teixeira) or a prospect like (Dominick) Reyes or (Aleksander) Rakic, he loves every possibility of matchup."

Walker initially expected to avoid surgery, but, according to Lutkus, the UFC strongly suggested he have it so that the injury does not reoccur. The 27-year-old rehabbed the injury in Thailand and at the UFC's Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Lutkus said.