Walter Jermaine Harris is a mixed martial artist from the United States of America. He competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), in its Heavyweight Division. He has been fighting MMA professionally since 2011.

In addition to the UFC, Harris has also fought in Titan FC. Nicknamed, The Big Ticket, Harris is a part of the SBG Alabama – Spartan Fitness.

Height / weight 1.96 m / 120 kg
Born 10 Jun 1983
Nationality United States United States

Athlete Profile and Personal Life

Harris was born on June 10, 1983. His full name is Walter Jermaine Harris and his hometown is Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. He stands 6 feet 5 inches or 196 cm tall. He has a reach of 196 cm or 77 inches and his listed weight is 264 pounds or 120 kilograms.

Prior to becoming a professional MMA fighter, Harris worked as a furniture mover. He also worked for UPS. His current residence is in Homewood, Alabama. He lives there with his wife, Angela, and their four kids.

His stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard, was reported missing and later discovered murdered on October 24, 2019. Charges were brought upon Ibrahim Yazeed. Before Yazeed’s arrest, Dana White and Jon Jones of the UFC had added to the reward that would lead to the capture of Blanchard’s killer.

Early MMA Career

Harris fought as an amateur from 2009 to 2010. He debuted as a professional in 2011 in HEF: Hess Extreme Fighting against Justin Thornton. He won that fight. His next fights were against Tony Melton and Anthony Hamilton.

He signed with the UFC in 2013 and his debut fight was with Jared Rosholt, he lost the fight to Rosholt. Next, he would go up against Nikita Krylov, he lost again in a technical knockout (TKO).

The UFC dropped him after the Krylov loss.

Titan Fighting and UFC Return

When he was released by the UFC, Harris moved to the promotion company Titan FC. With Titan, he fought against DK Lindeman in 2014. It was a first-round win for Harris. A fight with Dave Herman was scheduled for 2014 but Harris backed out. Before the bout could be rescheduled, Harris had re-signed with the UFC.

He was brought back into the UFC to replace Daniel Omielanczuk in a fight against Soa Palelei. He lost to Palelei but would then go on to win in a TKO for his next fight, this time against Cody East.

Other fighters he has faced while with the UFC include Shamil Abdurakhimov, Chase Sherman, Cyril Asker, Fabricio Werdum, Mark Godbeer, Daniel Spitz, Andrei Arlovski, and Sergey Spivak.

In 2019, Harris was suspended when he tested positive for Ostarine. He was made to pay a fine and the fight with Arlovski was changed from a win to a No Contest.

His latest fight in the UFC was in June 2021 where he faced and lost to Marcin Tybura. He is scheduled to fight Tai Tuivasa in October 2021.

Mixed Martial Arts Record

Total Fights: 24
Wins: 13
Wins by Knockout: 13

Losses: 10
Losses by Knockout: 5
Losses by Submission: 1
Losses by Decision: 3
Losses by Disqualification: 1

No Contests: 1

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