Walt Harris has reportedly had to pull out of his UFC Washington D.C. main event against Alistar Overeem.
MMA Junkie was first to report the news that the heavyweight withdrew. It is a very difficult time for Harris at this time as his step-daughter is currently missing. The UFC has rallied together behind Harris and put up more than $100,000, as Dana White, Jon Jones, and Ali Abdelaziz have all put up $25,000 each, with he governor putting up $5,000 and fans donating the rest.
The most recent police report, there is expected to be “foul play” at hand, but the investigation is still ongoing. The hope for everyone is that 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard will return home safe and sound.
Blanchard disappeared on Oct. 23 and has not been seen since a surveillance camera picked her up at a convenience store that night. They also found her card with damage that was not there at the time, but she is still missing.
The county district has stated the following:
“This is a criminal investigation, obviously we’re approaching it as such. We do not believe Aniah would go missing on her own volition.”
This is obviously a very difficult time for Walt Harris and he had to withdraw due to him not being able to focus on the fight or his training. Right now, the UFC is looking for a replacement to take on Alistar Overeem next month on Dec. 7.
The full card is as follows:
- Alistair Overeem vs. opponent TBA
- Virna Jandiroba vs. Livinha Souza
- Cody Stamann vs. Song Yadong
- Yana Kunitskaya vs. Aspen Ladd
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Marina Rodriguez
- Ben Rothwell vs. Stefan Struve
- Carlos Condit vs. Mickey Gall
- Chris Fishgold vs. Billy Quarantillo
- Cortney Casey vs. Virna Jandiroba
- Bryce Mitchell vs. Matt Sayles
- Joe Solecki vs. Matt Wiman
- Thiago Alves vs. Tim Means
- Rob Font vs. Ricky Simon
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime