Walt Harris
The Big Ticket
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 5/4/2019
Finds new opponent
April 9, 2019
Harris (suspension) will fight Sergey Spivak at UFC Ottawa on May 4, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Harris was initially slated to fight Alistair Overeem in the event, but he'll be tasked with facing Spivak, who's currently undefeated. With Harris' suspension to be lifted April 27, he'll search for his third straight UFC victory.
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Needs new opponent
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.
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.
Pinned against Aleksei Oleinik
March 5, 2019
Harris (suspension) has been booked to fight Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on May 4, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Harris is currently serving a suspension handed down to him by the California State Athletic Commission for a tainted supplement he took, but with that suspension set to expire on April 27, the 35-year-old will waste no time getting back into the Octagon. Harris' last fight ended in victory via split decision over Andrei Arlovski back in December, but the failed drug test turned it into a no contest. Harris boasts an even 4-4 record in his previous eight UFC fights.
Fails drug test
January 23, 2019
Harris (knee) was hit with a temporary suspension and an undetermined fine by the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday after failing a drug test, MMAFighting.com reports.
The test came after his split-decision victory over Andrei Arlovski at UFC 232 in late December. That result holds for now but could change to a no contest following an analysis of his "B" sample.
Handed medical suspension
January 7, 2019
Harris was handed a 180-day medical suspension Monday for a possible fracture of his left knee, mmafighting.com reports.
Harris picked up the injury in a close-fought, split-decision victory over Andrei Arlovski at UFC 232 in late December. The suspension will keep him from fighting until late June or until he's cleared by a physician.
Defeats Arlovski via split decision
December 29, 2018
Harris defeated Andrei Arlovski via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
This was a very boring fight. It was slow-paced and the fighters didn't throw many combinations. Neither fighter was willing to take risks during the fight. The biggest moment of the fight was Harris cracking Arlovski with a straight left hand early in the third round. It wobbled the UFC legend, but he was able to recover and the fighters uneventfully finished the contest. The decision could have went either way.