“I think the Oleinik fight is a good fight for me, and I think it’s a good way for me to break into the top-10,” Harris said after the event (via Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “I’ve trained with Aleksei, we’re good friends, so I think it would be a fun little story to spin, and Justin Willis is just a fight the fans have been asking me for. I get tagged in so many posts on social media every day about fighting Justin Willis. I hit him up and said, ‘Let’s do it.’ And he played it kind of to the left like I’m not on his level, which kind of pissed me off. Any day he wants to share the octagon, I’m with it, and I’ll make an example out of him, too.”
Harris would like to fight Willis for one major reason, which is that he wants to prove that the outspoken heavyweight isn’t that good.
“There are guys in this organization that try too hard,” Harris said. “I’ve never been that guy. I’ve always gone out there and fought and let my hands and my feet do the talking. I don’t feel like I’ve got to go on social media and bag and drag and all this little stuff, all these little schemes and stuff. That’s where the game is going, but he just rubs me the wrong way. He’s brash, and he’s not that good. The guy is not that good. I’ve just got to keep it 100. I don’t see anything in his game that makes me go, ‘Wow.’ It is what it is.”