Walt Harris returned to action for the first time since the kidnapping and murder of his stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris, suffering a second round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem.
A defeated Harris would take to Instagram after the loss to issue a statement on what went down:
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--------
UFC President Dana White was in attendance at the event and he says that Harris is still a winner, no matter what the result of the bout was.
“I said to you guys a few days ago,” White told MMA Junkie. “Win, lose, or draw, being here is a win for him. He got through tonight and you have to understand. Who knows what was going through that guy’s body, head, the whole deal? He got (Overeem) in trouble. I think when he watches the tape, he’ll realize he overreacted a lot and should’ve slowed down and picked his shots. This is a learning experience in a lot of ways for Walt. It was his first fight back. He’ll get better from this in every way you can be better from fighting to the other things that are going on with him.”
There is no word yet as to what is next for Harris, who suffered his first loss in over two years this past Saturday Night.