Walt Harris is seizing the opportunity of a lifetime.
On Saturday, a back injury forced Derrick Lewis to withdraw at the last minute from a bout vs. former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1) scheduled for the main card of UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
It was officially announced on the Fight Pass preliminaries broadcast that Harris has agreed to step in for Lewis and take his spot.
Harris (10-5) was originally scheduled to fight Mark Godbeer on the Fight Pass portion of UFC 216, but he will instead be promoted to the pay-per-view main card while Godbeer has been removed from this evening’s event.
The updated UFC 216 fight card is below:
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Fabricio Werdum vs. Walt Harris
Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
Beneil Dariush vs Evan Dunham
Undercard (FX at 8 p.m. ET)
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran
Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho
Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET)
John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares