Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer were standing toe-to-toe in their heavyweight fight at UFC 217 last night when Harris kneed Godbeer in the groin. Referee Blake Grice shouted “stop, stop” and as he ran in to temporarily halt the fight, Harris threw a kick that landed flush to the head of Godbeer.
Medical officials called an end to the fight and Godbeer was declared the victor via disqualification.
Today, Walt Harris has issued an apology statement.
“Last night was a weird night to say the least… I honestly didn’t hear or see the ref until the kick was gone… It’s my job to finish the fight and that’s what I was trying to do! Getting disqualified bothers me more than anything right now because I pride myself on being a true martial artist and not a “dirty fighter.” I felt like a no contest would’ve be the right move in that situation. My sincere apologies to everyone for the outcome. We keep growing and pushing forward. Thank you all for your support! Love y’all!” – Walt Harris