Heavyweight Walt Harris returned to the Octagon for the first time since tragically losing his stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard. Blanchard disappeared in October. Her remains were located in December. Harris took on Alistair Overeem in the UFC on ESPN 8 main event on Saturday and came up short.
Following the loss to Overeem, fighters showed an outpouring of support for Harris on social media.
Im very proud of @thebigticket205. I can’t really imagine what he been through but it must have been hell. Seeing him perform in the Octagon tonight just shows that we can overcome everything when we have a why. #RIPAniah #UFCFL
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) May 17, 2020
Really sad to see him lose but makes it way better seeing how good of a sportsmen Overeem is being. Respect fo both !
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) May 17, 2020
I’m sad to see him lose i know he’ll be back better than ever when he steps back into the octagon. He’s gonna be a champ within the next few years @thebigticket205
— John Dodson III (@JohnDodsonMMA) May 17, 2020
So much respect for Walt to come in tonight and put on a show ??
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 17, 2020
— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) May 17, 2020
You got up, you functioned, you moved, you got ready, you tried. Keep your fucking head up @thebigticket205 this is still a win for you. Respect.
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) May 17, 2020
So much respect for @thebigticket205 ????
— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) May 17, 2020
Great fight respect for Walt. Overeem is a beast
— Randa Markos (@randamma) May 17, 2020
KEEP YOUR HEAD UP BIG TICKET ? @ufc
— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) May 17, 2020
— Scott Holtzman (@HotSauceHoltzy) May 17, 2020