Clearly not being paid by the minute, Walt Harris ended Aleksei Oleinik’s night at UFC San Antonio in mere seconds.
Originally booked for UFC Ottawa back in May, Aleksei Oleinik vs. Walt Harris was put on hold when Oleinik was moved to UFC St. Petersburg to face Alistair Overeem in that card’s main event. While the longtime MMA veteran came up short that night, he was back in action against originally scheduled opponent Harris at UFC San Antonio. The bout went down Saturday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Despite Oleinik’s submission prowess, he never had a chance to display any grappling or ground game. Walt Harris was explosive out of the gate, flashing a jumping knee that landed to the side of the body. However, it was the follow-up left hand that put Oleinik down. He immediately went crashing to the canvas, a second strike barely necessary.
Walt Harris earned his second straight win with the victory, and arguably the biggest statement of his career.
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“I’ve been working my tail off” for months for an outcome like that, Harris said after the fight. “We worked on that for fifteen weeks. We knew he liked to dip his head and show he’s changing levels. So we just wanted to throw something up the middle,” he added. Harris then called for a spot on either the Abu Dhabi or Vancouver cards, both of which take place in September. If a worthy opponent can be found, he’d be a solid addition to either.
Walt Harris def. Aleksei Oleinik by KO (Left Straight) in Round 1 (0:12)