Walt Harris (fighter)

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Walt Harris
Born Walter Harris
(1986-06-10) June 10, 1986 (age 29)
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Other names The Big Ticket
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 82 in (208 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Team American Top Team
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 7
By knockout 7
Losses 4
By knockout 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Walt Harris (born June 10, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the Heavyweight of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2011, Harris has also formerly competed for Titan FC.

Background[edit]

Before entering mixed martial arts in 2010, Harris was a college basketball player at Jacksonville State University.[2] Harris would play one season, and also received tryouts from the NBA, but he chose to put his basketball career on hold and started training to be a mixed martial artist shortly after.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Harris made his professional mixed martial arts debut on March 15, 2011, when he faced Justin Thornton at HEF: Hess Extreme Fighting. He won via first round TKO, just sixteen seconds into the first round.[3] Following this, Harris compiled a record of 6–1, with wins over Tony Melton and UFC veteran Anthony Hamilton, before signing with UFC in the fall of 2013.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On September 19, 2013, it was announced that Harris had signed with the UFC, and he faced fellow newcomer Jared Rosholt at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on November 30, 2013.[4] Despite dropping Rosholt in the first round, Rosholt rallied back and Harris lost the fight via unanimous decision.[5]

In his second fight with the promotion, Harris faced Nikita Krylov at UFC on Fox 10 on January 25, 2014.[6] Though he was the considerable favorite coming into the bout, Harris would be staggered by a head kick from Krylov, and after follow up strikes on the ground from Krylov, he lost the bout via TKO, just 25 seconds into the first round.[7] After dropping to 0–2 in the UFC, Harris was subsequently released from the promotion.[8]

Titan Fighting Championship[edit]

Following his UFC release, Harris signed with Florida based promotion Titan FC. He faced D.J. Linderman at Titan FC 28 on May 16, 2014.[9] He won the fight via first round knockout.[10] He was expected to face Dave Herman at Titan FC 30 on September 26, 2014,[11] however, Harris pulled out of the bout due to a back injury and the fight was postponed.[12]

The bout with Herman was rescheduled and was expected to take place on December 19, 2014, however, Harris resigned with the UFC, and he was replaced by Jon Madsen.[13]

Return to UFC[edit]

After Daniel Omielańczuk was forced to pull out of his bout with Soa Palelei due to a thumb injury, Harris resigned with UFC and faced Palelei at UFC Fight Night 55 on November 7, 2014.[14] He lost the fight via second round TKO.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Harris worked as a furniture mover and also worked for UPS prior to becoming an MMA fighter.[16]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7–4 Soa Palelei TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 7, 2014 2 4:49 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 7–3 D.J. Linderman KO (punches) Titan FC 28 May 16, 2014 1 4:12 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 6–3 Nikita Krylov TKO (head kick and punches) UFC on Fox 10 January 25, 2014 1 0:25 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 6–2 Jared Rosholt Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale November 30, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1 Tony Melton TKO (punches) Strike Hard Productions 24 June 15, 2013 1 2:00 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 5–1 Josh Robertson TKO (punches) Strike Hard Productions 20 December 8, 2012 1 1:06 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 4–1 Anthony Hamilton KO (punches) Superior Cage Combat 4: Grove vs. Silva February 16, 2012 1 1:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–1 Cedric James KO (punches) Fight Time 7: The Return October 7, 2011 1 0:22 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 2–1 Wes Little KO (punch) Fight Force International: Blood & Sand 9 May 7, 2011 1 1:54 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 1–1 Chris Barnett Decision (unanimous) World Extreme Fighting 46 April 22, 2011 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Justin Thornton TKO (punches) Hess Extreme Fighting March 15, 2011 1 0:16 Panama City Beach, Florida, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UFC Fight Night Sydney: Print Card". UFC.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ex-Division I college basketball player Walter Harris’ potential has coach Charles McCarthy fired up". sports.yahoo.com. October 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hess Extreme Fighting Results". Sherdog.com. March 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The UFC adds two new heavyweights to it's roster with Jared Rosholt and Walter Harris". BloodyElbow.com. September 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "TUF 18 Finale: Jared Rosholt vs. Walt Harris". Tapology.com. November 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nikita Krylov vs. Walt Harris added to UFC on Fox 10". BloodyElbow.com. December 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "UFC on FOX 10 results, photos: Nikita Krylov stuns Walt Harris in 25-second beatdown". MMAJunkie.com. January 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Heavyweight Walt Harris latest fighter to receive UFC release". FoxSports.com. March 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "D.J. Linderman Goes Back to Roots to Bring Pain in His Titan Fighting Debut". TitanFighting.com. May 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Titan FC 28: Walt Harris vs. DJ Linderman". Tapology.com. May 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Resurgent UFC Veterans Dave Herman and Walt Harris Square Off at Titan FC 30". MMAWeekly.com. June 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Back injury to Walt Harris delays fight against Dave Herman to November in Titan FC". themmareport.com. September 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dave Herman vs. Jon Madsen set for inaugural heavyweight title at Titan FC 32". themmareport.com. October 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Walt Harris returns to UFC, meets Soa Palelei at UFC Fight Night 55". MMAJunkie.com. October 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ "UFC Fight Night 55 results: Soa Palelei pounds out Walt Harris, then sings". MMAJunkie.com. November 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ Walt Harris UFC Profile. UFC.com. Retrieved on November 20, 2014

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