Harris Reacts To UFC Florida Loss

Last night at UFC on ESPN 8 in Jacksonville, it looked as if Walt Harris was going to get his shining moment. Alas, while there have been plenty of moments of glory in MMA, the sport does have times when glory takes a backseat.

Harris (13-8) was extremely close to beating Alistair Overeem in the first round of their main event fight, but Overeem was able to overcome a flurry of shots. He then took control in the second round, dropping Harris to the floor. After mounting on his back, Overeem landed shots that were too much for Harris. Referee Dan Miragliotta, who was generous throughout the fight, finally called for the bell.

It was an emotional night overall for Harris, who was coming back to action for the first time since his step-daughter Aniah Blanchard was tragically murdered. Looking to make a difference in and out of the octagon, Harris had the support of the entire MMA community. Harris ended up taking to Instagram after the fight, thanking his supporters, while also remembering Aniah.

“First let me thank @alistairovereem for sharing the octagon we me tonight… You’re a class act brother and a legend! Tonight wasn’t my night, but you best believe I will be back better! Thank to everyone for all your love and support can’t say it enough! We learn and grow! Baby girl… daddy loves you and I promise I will keep pushing! #ForeverAniah”

As a result of the loss, Harris’ win streak ends at three. He is now 3-1 with one no-contest in five fights.

After the bout, Overeem offered him words of encouragement, as seen in the Instagram photo. He also offered to help train Harris whenever he wants.

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