Walt Harris (fighter)
|Born||Walter Jermaine Harris|
June 10, 1983
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
|Other names||The Vault|
The Big Ticket
The Skull Crusher
|Residence||Homewood, Alabama, United States|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||253 lb (115 kg; 18.1 st)|
|Reach||81 in (206 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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[update], he is #13 in official UFC heavyweight rankings.
Before entering mixed martial arts in 2010, Harris was a basketball player at Jacksonville State University. 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
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. 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
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. Despite dropping Rosholt in the first round, Rosholt rallied back and Harris lost the fight via unanimous decision.
In his second fight with the promotion, Harris faced Nikita Krylov at UFC on Fox 10 on January 25, 2014. 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. After dropping to 0–2 in the UFC, Harris was subsequently released from the promotion.
Titan Fighting Championship
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. He won the fight via first-round knockout. He was expected to face Dave Herman at Titan FC 30 on September 26, 2014, however, Harris pulled out of the bout due to a back injury and the fight was postponed.
Return to UFC
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. He lost the fight via second-round TKO.
Harris was expected to face Mark Godbeer on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216 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. Harris lost the fight via submission in the first round.
The bout with Godbeer was quickly rescheduled and took place on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217. 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.
Harris faced Andrei Arlovski on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232. He won the fight via split decision. 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).
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.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||12 wins||7 losses|
|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|
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