Walt Harris vowed to come again stronger after a troublesome TKO loss to Alistair Overeem in an emotionally charged UFC heavyweight struggle in Florida on Saturday.
Harris, 36, was stopped within the second spherical of his first bout because the disappearance and dying of his stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard, late final 12 months.
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The American thought of quitting combined martial arts earlier than agreeing to headline what was the UFC’s third occasion in eight days at an empty VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville.
Harris virtually claimed his 14th profession victory after dropping Overeem within the opening spherical, however the eighth-ranked Dutchman recovered and made his huge expertise rely.
Talking afterward, Harris thanked the UFC, his crew and the local people in Homewood, Ala., the place he lives.
“I really like you guys,” he advised ESPN. “I am sorry I did not get the ‘W’ for you tonight however you’ve gotten been there for my household and me via all the things.
“To the followers, I do know you could not be in right here tonight however you are all at residence watching. I am sorry, I will be again higher, I promise you. You have not seen the final of ‘The Massive Ticket.’
“I will go residence, recuperate, heal emotionally and bodily and I promise I will be higher.”
Overeem, who misplaced to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December, consoled Harris after the struggle and praised his opponent for the problem.
“It was powerful, he did not need to hand over. I felt he was drained however he hung in there. However I hadn’t actually drained,” Overeem mentioned.
Requested about his subsequent goal, Overeem responded: “Let’s take a look at the rankings, struggle once more later this 12 months and possibly we will see if there’s yet one more shot on the title.”