An injury to Daniel Omielanczuk has paved the way for Walt Harris to make his Octagon debut, as the heavyweight meets Soa Palelei at UFC Fight Night 55 next month.
Set for November 7 from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, the entire card airs on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Michael Bisping squares off with Luke Rockhold.
Harris (7-3) returns after competing twice previously for the promotion. He lost to Nikita Krylov via TKO in January following a late 2013 decision defeat to Jared Rosholt. Harris got back in the win column in May when he stopped D.J. Linderman at Titan FC 28, and was scheduled to compete for the vacant heavyweight title later this year in the promotion against Dave Herman.
Instead, he’ll meet Palelei (21-4), a native of Australia. He had his 11-fight win streak snapped by Rosholt in June and is 3-1 with the promotion since signing in 2013.
Below is the current lineup:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/10 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Al Iaquinta
Middleweight: Clint Hester vs. Robert Whittaker
Heavyweight: Soa Palelei vs. Walt Harris
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7:30 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Vagner Rocha vs. Jake Matthews
Light Heavyweight: Anthony Perosh vs. Guto Inocente
Welterweight: Dylan Andrews vs. Sam Alvey
Flyweight: Neil Seery vs. Richie Vaculik
Welterweight: Vik Grujic vs. Chris Clements
Middleweight: Luke Zachrich vs. Daniel Kelly
Bantamweight: Jumabieke Tuerxun vs. Marcus Brimage
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling vs. Frankie Saenz