Many of them, including Harris' heavyweight division rival Francis Ngannou, took to social media after the fight in Jacksonville, Florida, and heaped praise on "The Big Ticket." The bout was Harris' first since his stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard went missing last October and was found dead the following month.
Some of the fighters also commended Overeem not only for his performance but for his sportsmanship, considering the circumstances surrounding Harris.
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
Great win for Overeem but cant help but feel for Walt tonight. Words cannot describe how inspiring he is for what he did tonight. All the love to him and his family ❤❤ #UFCFL— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) May 17, 2020
So much respect for Walt to come in tonight and put on a show 🙏🙏— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 17, 2020
I really like Alistair. He's an absolutely great guy. My heart is with @thebigticket205 though.— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) 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
Great fight respect for Walt. Overeem is a beast— Randa Markos (@randamma) May 17, 2020
A lot of emotion watching @thebigticket205 fight— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) May 17, 2020
Respect to both gentlemen here.— michael (@bisping) May 17, 2020