Overeem defeats emotional Harris at UFC on ESPN 8 main event

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris returned to the Octagon on Saturday night. However, he did not get the result that he was seeking when he returned to action.

Harris was defeated by Alistair Overeem in the second round of the UFC Fight Night main event at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Referee Dan Miragliotta gave Harris ample opportunities to fight off his back, before calling the fight at the 3:00 mark in the second round.

UFC Heavyweight fighter Alistair Overeem poses on the scale during a UFC 213 weigh-in at the Park Theater
Alistair Overeem poses on the scale during a UFC 213weigh-in at the Park Theater (Getty Images)

This was Harris’ first fight back since his stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard was murdered in October 2019. She was reported missing from a gas station in Auburn, Alabama.

After being at the gas station, she would not be alive much longer, as she was kidnapped and then murdered by a gunshot. Right before Thanksgiving, Blanchard’s body was found in a wooded area.

The alleged suspect, Ibraheem Yazeed, has been charged with capital murder and kidnapping. The legal process is still unfolding in the case.

This fight was supposed in Washington, D.C. on their December 7th card. However, due to Blanchard’s disappearance, Harris was replaced on the card by Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who knocked out Overeem.

“The Demolition Man” — who is now 40-years-old — improved to 46-18-1 in his two decade MMA career. He has now won three of his last four bouts, besides the loss to Rozenstruik.

“The Big Ticket” fell to 13-8 in his MMA career. This loss snapped his three fight win streak with a one no content in between with Andrei Arlovski.

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