Walt Harris
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Agrees to main event fight
HeavyweightUFC
August 13, 2019
Harris and Alistair Overeem have verbally agreed to fight in the main event at UFC Washington DC in December, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Harris is coming off an impressive knockout of Alexey Oleinik via TKO at 0:12 of Round 1 at UFC San Antonio. It was the third quickest knockout in UFC history. With three knockouts in his last four appearances, the rising star will look to continue his rise toward title contention against Overeem, a former title contender and one of the more decorated heavyweights out there.
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New contender emerges
HeavyweightUFC
July 20, 2019
Harris defeated Alexey Oleinik via knockout (knees and punches) at 0:12 of Round 1 at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
This one didn't take long. Harris came forward with a few punches before launching a knee that was followed with an overhand left that sent Oleinik to the canvas. It was all over from there. Harris now has knockouts in three of his last four trips to the Octagon, proving he's ready to test his skills against a top-10 opponent. His performance Saturday was good for the third-fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history, and a $50,000 post-fight bonus.
Pinned against Oleinik again
HeavyweightUFC
May 17, 2019
Harris has been booked to take on Alexey Oleinik in a heavyweight bout at UFC San Antonio on July 20.
ANALYSIS
Fresh off a victory over Sergey Spivak via TKO in Round 1 of a fight at UFC Ottawa not even two weeks ago, Harris is already scheduled for another go just two months later. Harris was originally scheduled to fight Oleinik in Ottawa before Oleinik pulled out of the fight to take part in UFC Saint Petersburg. Harris hasn't lost a fight in the Octagon since November of 2017.
Destroys Sergey Spivak in Ottawa
HeavyweightUFC
May 4, 2019
Harris defeated Sergey Spivak via TKO (punches) at 0:50 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Ottawa.
ANALYSIS
It was as easy a victory as you'll ever see. Harris began throwing bombs mere seconds after the opening bell rang and Spivak just ate them without returning fire. Harris has dealt with consistency issues throughout the course of his career, but he is a tremendous athlete and he obviously has power. Perhaps the 35-year-old can make one final run in the UFC's thin heavyweight division.
Finds new opponent
HeavyweightUFC
April 9, 2019
Harris (suspension) will fight Sergey Spivak in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Ottawa on May 4, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Harris was initially slated to fight Aleksei Oleinik in the event, but Oleinik was needed to headline St. Petersburg and UFC brass had to make a switch. Instead, Harris will be tasked with facing Spivak, who's currently undefeated. This will mark the first fight for Harris since a Dec. 29 victory over Andrei Arlovski, which was later ruled a no-contest by the California State Athletic Commission after Harris failed a drug test. Harris eventually accepted a four-month suspension after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was able to verify it was due to a contaminated supplement. The commission also gave him a medical suspension due to a potential knee injury, though that appears to be in the clear as well.
Needs new opponent
HeavyweightUFC
April 3, 2019
Harris (12-7-0) will require a new opponent for his scheduled heavyweight fight May 4 at UFC Ottawa after Aleksei Oleinik (57-11-1) agreed to face Alistair Overeem (44-17, 1NC) at UFC Saint Petersburg on April 20, Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Harris is currently serving a suspension for a failed drug test but is eligible to return to the Octagon after April 27. The ban thus won't affect his availability for the event in Ottawa, but the UFC will now need to find a new opponent for him with Oleinik moving up in the schedule to replace Alexander Volkov, who withdrew from Saint Petersburg for undisclosed reasons. Expect the promotion to settle on an opponent for Harris within the next couple of weeks.