What mattered most at UFC on ESPN Eight in Jacksonville, Fla.? Listed below are a number of post-fight musings …

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1. MMA unbiased in its cruelty

It appeared like such a fairytale second for Walt Harris. In his first combat because the kidnapping and tragic demise of his stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard, final October, Harris acquired off to an ideal begin. He dropped Alistair Overeem and almost acquired a fast knockout win of their fundamental occasion on Saturday evening, however then the tables turned.

Some referees may need stopped the combat in Harris’ favor throughout that first-round barrage. On one other evening, maybe Overeem goes out with the punches, as his chin is under no circumstances his main asset. However that’s not what transpired, and as an alternative, Overeem charged again, dropped Harris within the second spherical then methodically chipped away till he acquired a TKO.

It was an instance of how rapidly the tide can shift in MMA. Feelings and private experiences imply nothing contained in the octagon when the fists are flying. Simply when it appeared a heartfelt second was coming, a heartbreak was served as a replacement.

This loss is certain to burn away at Harris’ soul. Nevertheless, hopefully he can take that fireplace and put it to his ft as a motivator. As UFC president Dana White mentioned post-fight, Harris is a winner for merely exhibiting up beneath these attempting circumstances, and the loss on his document is considerably inconsequential to his triumph of the human spirit.