Walt Harris may have lost his August bid for a council seat in Homewood, Alabama, but the world of politics has not lost “The Big Ticket”.

“I’m just getting warmed up,” said Harris. “I got some opportunities to do some things outside of City Council since I didn’t win, but I’m gonna take some time and learn it over the next couple of years and then make another run when I retire, for sure.”

“I jumped in super late so I really didn’t get a chance to campaign and put the effort I wanted to into it,” Harris said. “I didn’t lose by much, but I feel like if I would have been able to do what I wanted to do, I would have definitely got the seat. After it was all over and I talked to a couple mayoral candidates, they were like, it’s probably the best thing you didn’t win because you’re a fighter and you’re in a good spot and it would have taken a lot of time and you wouldn’t have been able to focus on fighting like you really need to. So maybe when I retire it will be another good opportunity to try to get into it.”

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Now, it’s back to the Octagon and a high-profile bout against Alexander Volkov on Saturday’s UFC 254 main card. And though Abu Dhabi is a long way from Alabama, after competing in Australia, Singapore and Canada, getting another stamp on the passport is no issue for him.

“I’m excited because I’ve never been over there and I’ve always wanted to go,” he said of the voyage to Fight Island. “And I’ve got my coaches with me and I’ve got a great team, so we always make every trip fun. So it’s gonna be super cool to travel with them and go see that part of the world.”

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