In a battle of heavyweights, Walt Harris and Daniel Spitz faced off at UFC Utica. And while the contest made it out of the first round, it wouldn’t go the distance.
Two fighters coming off of very different streaks faced off in the heavyweight division at UFC Utica on Friday. Walt Harris was coming off back to back losses to Fabricio Werdum and Mark Godbeer. Daniel Spitz, meanwhile, was coming off a knockout win over Anthony Hamilton, and was looking to gain some momentum is a stagnant heavyweight division.
In a round where we saw two of the more athletic big men in the division, Harris looked to get inside and land big shots on Spitz, who used lots of angles and lateral movement to avoid most of the strikes from Harris. At one point it looked like Harris might’ve clipped Spitz, but he did not force a finish. Good first round as both fighters had some success.
Round two began with Spitz using more of his strange movement. He landed a head kick on Harris, which Harris just ate, shook his head and then looked for one of his own. Spitz was looking to land multiple kicks in the second, another of which got caught by Harris who then looked to answer in kind. The crowd was getting restless as both were just looking for one power shot to land but couldn’t get it.
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The fight ended as Harris got Spitz up against the fence and landed a giant left hand that hurt him. Harris moved in for the finish and dropped him, then got on top and swarmed him with elbows until the referee waved it off!
Walt Harris def. Daniel Spitz by TKO, Round 2, 4:59