Walt Harris was suspended four months by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for ingesting a contaminated substance, but is already cleared to return to action and does so this weekend at UFC Fight Night Ottawa.
The fighter is planning on filing a lawsuit against the maker and distributor for the contaminated supplement according to MMA Junkie.
“The thing that I’m more upset about is my reputation,” he said. “I pride myself on being a clean fighter, fighting fair, and a martial artist. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth that I had to deal with that situation.”
Harris saw a decision win against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski overturned to a no contest due to the failed drug test.
A surging Harris also has a professional MMA career to focus on and he believes the heavyweight division is becoming real again.
“It’s a good thing that that fight is happening, because now, the logjam is released, and guys can move to where they need to be going and the company feels they need to be going,” he said. “We can start shaking things down and start seeing a real heavyweight division. Good fights can be coming down the pike soon.”
Jason House, who serves as Harris’ agent, says that no lawsuit has been filed at this time and a question of jurisdiction must be answered before it can be filed.