Walt Harris has sent the UFC world into meltdown with the third-fastest KO in UFC heavyweight history.
Harris has won his second-consecutive fight in under a minute in the co-main event at UFC San Antonio against Alexey Oleynik, and in the process established himself as a contender.
The end came at just 12 seconds in the first round, the third-fastest finish in UFC heavyweight history.
“It feels amazing man,” Harris told Jon Anik in his post-fight interview.
“I’ve been working my tail off for these moments. I’m just happy. I don’t even know what to say, now.”
The fight’s starting sequences ended up being its ending one as well, and Harris said afterwards that it was no accident. As Oleynik bobbed, Harris threw a flying left knee.
The knee strike landed to Oleynik’s body, not his head, but it successfully put him out of position, momentarily. It was all Harris needed to capitalise.
The former collegiate basketball player then switched stances, planted his left leg in the rear, and connected with a straight left cross to the right side of Oleynik’s head, dropping the 42-year-old to the canvas.
“We worked on that for 15 weeks,” Harris explained.
“We knew he liked to dip his head and show he’s changing levels.”
JESUS WALT HARRIS— Sean Ross Sapp Of Fightful.com, Who Is Very Humble (@SeanRossSapp) July 21, 2019
Making up for lost time now on this main card. Wow! Walt Harris with an 11-second KO of Alexey Oleinik.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 21, 2019
Dang. Walt Harris just KO’d Alexey Oleinik in 11 seconds. A tale of two cards here.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 21, 2019
Walt Harris via Attempted Murder!— The Champion Picks (@ChampionPicks) July 21, 2019
Harris puts heavyweight world on notice
Harris followed up with two strikes onto the felled Oleynik and the referee stopped the fight.
Harris is now unbeaten in his last four fights and asked UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard for fights on either the coming cards in Abu Dhabi or in Vancouver.
Beyond that, “The Big Ticket” didn’t seem picky. “It don’t matter who,” he concluded.
“Just send the contract.”
Oleynik’s impressive career mark falls to 57-14-1 with the loss. Harris’ record improves to 14-7.