Walt Harris (fighter)

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Walt Harris
Born Walter Jermaine Harris
(1983-06-10) June 10, 1983 (age 34)
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Other names The Vault
The Big Ticket
Residence Homewood, Alabama
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 251.8 lb (114.2 kg; 17.99 st)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 81 in (206 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Birmingham, Alabama
Team Champions MMA
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 10
By knockout 10
Losses 7
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 3
By disqualification 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Walter Jermaine Harris (born June 10, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2011, Harris has also formerly competed for Titan FC.


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. Harris earned his associate degree in Physical Education from Jacksonville State and Pikeville College.

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 was 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]

Harris faced promotional newcomer Cody East on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197.[16] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[17]

Harris next faced Shamil Abdurakhimov on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96.[18] He lost the fight via split decision.[19]

Harris faced Chase Sherman on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[20] He won the fight by knockout in the second round.[21]

Harris made his next appearance against Cyril Asker on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 111.[22] He won the fight early in the first round via TKO due to a combination of elbows and punches.[23]

Harris was expected to face Mark Godbeer on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216[24] before a fight-day injury to Derrick Lewis took him out of his scheduled fight with Fabricio Werdum. As a result, Harris moved on to face Werdum, and Godbeer was pulled from the event.[25] Harris lost the fight via submission in the first round.[26]

The bout with Godbeer was quickly rescheduled and took place on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217.[27] Harris lost the bout by disqualification after Harris hit Godbeer with a head kick following the referee called a time out due to a groin strike.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Harris worked as a furniture mover and also worked for UPS prior to becoming an MMA fighter.[29]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–7 Mark Godbeer DQ (illegal head kick) UFC 217 November 4, 2017 1 4:29 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 10–6 Fabrício Werdum Submission (armbar) UFC 216 October 7, 2017 1 1:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–5 Cyril Asker TKO (punches and elbows) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 1 1:44 Kallang, Singapore
Win 9–5 Chase Sherman KO (knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn January 15, 2017 2 2:41 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 8–5 Shamil Abdurakhimov Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson October 1, 2016 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 8–4 Cody East TKO (punches) UFC 197 April 23, 2016 1 4:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 7–4 Soa Palelei TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 7, 2014 2 4:49 Sydney, 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: Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 1 0:25 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 6–2 Jared Rosholt Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate 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]


  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 [sic] roster with Jared Rosholt and Walter Harris - Bloody Elbow". BloodyElbow.com. September 19, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  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. ^ Staff (2016-04-04). "After Legacy 51 win, Cody East signs with UFC, faces Walt Harris at UFC 197". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  17. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-04-23). "UFC 197 results: Walt Harris' heavy hands lead to first-round TKO of Cody East". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  18. ^ Staff (2016-08-01). "3 more added to UFC Fight Night 96". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  19. ^ Matt Erickson (2016-10-01). "UFC Fight Night 96 results: Shamil Abdurakhimov takes split from Walt Harris in heavyweight ho-hummer". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  20. ^ Staff (2016-11-28). "Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman added to UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  21. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 103 results: 'Big Ticket' Walt Harris gives Chase Sherman ticket to lights out". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  22. ^ Staff (2017-03-29). "UFC Fight Night 111 takes shape in Singapore". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  23. ^ "UFC Fight Night 111 results: Walt Harris pounds out Cyril Asker in opening round". MMAjunkie. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-18. 
  24. ^ Mike Sloan (2017-08-02). "UFC 216 bolstered with several bouts". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  25. ^ John Morgan and Simon Samano (2017-10-07). "Derrick Lewis injured, Fabricio Werdum now faces Walt Harris last minute at UFC 216". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  26. ^ "UFC 216 results: Fabricio Werdum armbars Walt Harris in just over a minute". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  27. ^ Jim Edwards (2017-10-09). "Mark Godbeer and Walt Harris reschedule bout at UFC 217". mmauno.com. Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  28. ^ "UFC 217 results: Mark Godbeer takes kick to the face – and DQ win over Walt Harris". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  29. ^ Walt Harris UFC Profile. UFC.com. Retrieved on November 20, 2014

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