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LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 29: Walt Harris weighs in during the weigh-in for The Ultimate Fighter season 18 live finale inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 29, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Thoughts on opponent, Shamil Abdurakhimov? He’s a tough guy and he comes to fight, which is awesome.
TRAINING: A typical day of training for me consists of fight specific things, game planning and strategy, followed by conditioning.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in 2008 as a way to get back in shape after my basketball career came to an end.
What ranks and titles have you held? Alabama Golden Gloves Champion, Georgia Golden Gloves Champion, Paul Murphy Classic Heavyweight Champion, ISKA and ACF Heavyweight Champion, Southern Fighting Alliance Heavyweight Champion, NAGA Super Heavyweight Champion, Copa Grappling Champion
Do you have any heroes? I come from a family of heroes, specifically my mother and my uncle, who were great role models for me growing up. My sports heroes are Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Charles Barkley.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC is a dream come true. It is an accomplishment and an achievement and proof that hard work does pay off. It is a lifelong dream for me to enter the UFC cage and win the world title.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I earned an Associates degree in Physical Education from Jacksonville State and Pikeville College.
What was your job before you started fighting? I moved furniture for a moving company and also worked for UPS.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? In amateur competition I earned a record of 23-1, with all my wins coming by way of KO or TKO.
Favorite grappling technique: Head and Arm Choke and Triangle Choke
Favorite striking technique: Lead Uppercut