Walt Harris (fighter)

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Walt Harris
BornWalter Jermaine Harris
(1983-06-10) June 10, 1983 (age 35)
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Other namesThe Vault
The Big Ticket
The Skull Crusher
ResidenceHomewood, Alabama, United States
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight253 lb (115 kg; 18.1 st)
Reach81 in (206 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofBirmingham, Alabama, United States
TeamChampions MMA
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout11
By decision1
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision3
By disqualification1
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. As of January 2, 2019, he is #13 in official UFC heavyweight rankings.[2]


Before entering mixed martial arts in 2010, Harris was a basketball player at Jacksonville State University.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] Despite dropping Rosholt in the first round, Rosholt rallied back and Harris lost the fight via unanimous decision.[6]

In his second fight with the promotion, Harris faced Nikita Krylov at UFC on Fox 10 on January 25, 2014.[7] 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.[8] After dropping to 0–2 in the UFC, Harris was subsequently released from the promotion.[9]

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.[10] He won the fight via first-round knockout.[11] He was expected to face Dave Herman at Titan FC 30 on September 26, 2014,[12] however, Harris pulled out of the bout due to a back injury and the fight was postponed.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15] He lost the fight via second-round TKO.[16]

Harris faced promotional newcomer Cody East on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197.[17] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[18]

Harris next faced Shamil Abdurakhimov on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96.[19] He lost the fight via split decision.[20]

Harris faced Chase Sherman on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[21] He won the fight by knockout in the second round.[22]

Harris made his next appearance against Cyril Asker on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 111.[23] He won the fight early in the first round via TKO due to a combination of elbows and punches.[24]

Harris was expected to face Mark Godbeer on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216[25] 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.[26] Harris lost the fight via submission in the first round.[27]

The bout with Godbeer was quickly rescheduled and took place on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217.[28] 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.[29]

Harris faced Daniel Spitz on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131.[30] He won the fight via knock out in the second round.[31]

Harris faced Andrei Arlovski on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232.[32] He won the fight via split decision.[33] It was reported on January 26, 2019 that Harris tested positive for LGD4033, an selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) like ostarine, and he was temporary suspended by California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).[34]

Personal life[edit]

Harris worked as a furniture mover and also worked for UPS prior to becoming an MMA fighter. Harris is married to Angela Haley-Harris, they have four children. They are currently living in Homewood, Alabama where their children attend school.[35]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–7 Andrei Arlovski Decision (split) UFC 232 December 29, 2018 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 11–7 Daniel Spitz TKO (punches and elbows) UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes June 1, 2018 2 4:59 Utica, New York, United States
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. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  3. ^ "Ex-Division I college basketball player Walter Harris' potential has coach Charles McCarthy fired up". sports.yahoo.com. October 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Hess Extreme Fighting Results". Sherdog.com. March 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "TUF 18 Finale: Jared Rosholt vs. Walt Harris". Tapology.com. November 30, 2013.
  7. ^ "Nikita Krylov vs. Walt Harris added to UFC on Fox 10". BloodyElbow.com. December 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "UFC on FOX 10 results, photos: Nikita Krylov stuns Walt Harris in 25-second beatdown". MMAJunkie.com. January 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "Heavyweight Walt Harris latest fighter to receive UFC release". FoxSports.com. March 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "D.J. Linderman Goes Back to Roots to Bring Pain in His Titan Fighting Debut". TitanFighting.com. May 5, 2014.
  11. ^ "Titan FC 28: Walt Harris vs. DJ Linderman". Tapology.com. May 16, 2014.
  12. ^ "Resurgent UFC Veterans Dave Herman and Walt Harris Square Off at Titan FC 30". MMAWeekly.com. June 25, 2014.
  13. ^ "Back injury to Walt Harris delays fight against Dave Herman to November in Titan FC". themmareport.com. September 17, 2014.
  14. ^ "Dave Herman vs. Jon Madsen set for inaugural heavyweight title at Titan FC 32". themmareport.com. October 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "Walt Harris returns to UFC, meets Soa Palelei at UFC Fight Night 55". MMAJunkie.com. October 21, 2014.
  16. ^ "UFC Fight Night 55 results: Soa Palelei pounds out Walt Harris, then sings". MMAJunkie.com. November 7, 2014.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Staff (2016-08-01). "3 more added to UFC Fight Night 96". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Staff (2016-11-28). "Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman added to UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ Staff (2017-03-29). "UFC Fight Night 111 takes shape in Singapore". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  24. ^ "UFC Fight Night 111 results: Walt Harris pounds out Cyril Asker in opening round". MMAjunkie. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  25. ^ Mike Sloan (2017-08-02). "UFC 216 bolstered with several bouts". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ "UFC 216 results: Fabricio Werdum armbars Walt Harris in just over a minute". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  28. ^ Jim Edwards (2017-10-09). "Mark Godbeer and Walt Harris reschedule bout at UFC 217". mmauno.com. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  29. ^ "UFC 217 results: Mark Godbeer takes kick to the face – and DQ win over Walt Harris". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  30. ^ DNA, MMA. "Harris vs. Spitz & Brooks vs. Sandoval toegevoegd aan UFC Utica". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  31. ^ "UFC Fight Night 131 results: Walt Harris knocks out Daniel Spitz late in second". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  32. ^ "Andrei Arlovski vs. Walt Harris na UFC 232 w Las Vegas - InTheCage.pl". InTheCage.pl (in Polish). 2018-10-27. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  33. ^ "UFC 232 results: Walt Harris takes split from Andrei Arlovski in snoozer". MMAjunkie. 2018-12-30. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  34. ^ "Walt Harris temporarily suspended by CSAC after positive UFC 232 drug test". MMAjunkie. 2019-01-23. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  35. ^ Walt Harris UFC Profile. UFC.com. Retrieved on November 20, 2014
  36. ^ Sherdog.com. "Walt". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-27.

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