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Report | Police locate body believed to be Aniah Blanchard

Tom Taylor - November 25, 2019

The search for missing 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, the daughter of UFC heavyweight contender Walt Harris, has taken the tragic turn we all hoped it wouldn’t. According to a report from WRBL News 3, human remains believed to be Blanchard’s have been discovered in Macon County, Alabama.

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Walt Harris tells Dr. Phil he believes his missing stepdaughter was potentially ‘set up’

Harry Kettle - November 15, 2019

UFC heavyweight Walt Harris recently appeared on the Dr. Phil show alongside his wife to discuss the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of his stepdaughter. Aniah Blanchard was last seen on October 23, and after a week of no progress being made in the case, a breakthrough came with the arrest of Ibraheem Yazeed who has been charged with kidnapping. A DNA test from blood found in the car of Blanchard matches her, although she has yet to be found.

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Police arrest suspect in Aniah Blanchard case

Tom Taylor - November 8, 2019

A suspect has been arrested in connection to the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard, the daughter of UFC heavyweight contender Walt Harris. According to WSFA, police in Florida arrested suspect Ibraheem Yazeed on Thursday night. Yazeed, a 30-year-old resident of Auburn, Alabama, is now being detained without bond in Florida on behalf of the Auburn Police Division.

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PHOTO | Police seek person of interest regarding Walt Harris’ missing daughter

Harry Kettle - November 7, 2019

The Auburn, Alabama police department has asked for help in identifying a person of interest in the case of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris’ missing stepdaughter. Aniah Blanchard has been missing since October 24 and was last seen at a gas station on October 23. Over the course of the last week or so many figures from within the mixed martial arts community have come out in support of Harris and his family, even offering to contribute towards the financial reward that has been put in place for the case.

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Jon Jones and Ali Abdelaziz each donate $25,000 reward for information on Walt Harris' daughter

Adam Martin - October 31, 2019

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and MMA agent Ali Abdelaziz have donated a $25,000 reward each to find the missing daughter of Walt Harris. 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard is the daughter of Harris and she disappeared last week in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn and Montgomery police have been searching diligently to find her, but she has not been found. On Thursday, Auburn police revealed they found evidence in Blanchard’s vehicle that indicates she was potentially harmed.

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Dana White contributes $25k to reward for finding Walt Harris' daughter

Harry Kettle - October 31, 2019

UFC president Dana White has put forward an extra $25,000 that will be added to the original $5,000 reward fee in the search for Walt Harris’ daughter. Aniah Blanchard, 19, has been missing since October 23 with Harris putting out a series of pleas on social media ever since then. The issue has drawn the attention of the entire mixed martial arts community as fans and fighters alike do everything they can in order to help find Blanchard.

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Walt Harris asks public for help finding missing daughter

Adam Martin - October 25, 2019

Aniah Blanchard, the daughter of UFC heavyweight contender Walt Harris is missing, and “The Big Ticket” is asking the public for help finding her. On Friday, Walt Harris posted a message on his social media channels pleading with the public for help finding his missing 19-year-old daughter Aniah, who is missing in Auburn, Alabama.

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Walt Harris open to fighting Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou next

Adam Martin - October 21, 2019

UFC heavyweight contender Walt Harris says he is open to a superfight against his “friend” Jon Jones and to a heavyweight matchup against Francis Ngannou. Harris is one of the hottest heavyweights in the UFC with a four-fight unbeaten streak that including a 12-second TKO win over Aleksei Oleinik in his last fight. He is currently set to headline his first UFC event when he takes on veteran Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC Washington, D.C. in December.

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UFC San Antonio Bonuses: Walt Harris wins bonus for 12-second KO

Adam D Martin - July 21, 2019

Walt Harris is $50,000 richer today after his stunning 12-second knockout win over Aleksei Oleinik in the co-main event of UFC San Antonio. The promotion announced the four bonus winners on social media following the event last night. Harris and Dan Hooker each won $50,000 for Performance of the Night, while Mario Bautista and Jin Soo Son also won $50,000 each for Fight of the Night.

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UFC San Antonio Results: Walt Harris KO's Aleksei Oleinik in mere seconds (VIDEO)

Chris Taylor - July 20, 2019

Tonight’s UFC San Antonio event is co-headlined by a heavyweight bout featuring submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik taking on Walt Harris. ‘The Big Ticket’, Harris (12-7 MMA), will enter tonight’s contest looking to build on the momentum of his first round knockout victory over Sergey Spivak at UFC Ottawa.

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Alexey Oleynik says UFC San Antonio fight could be his last

Cole Shelton - July 15, 2019

Alexey Oleynik is in for a tough fight. At UFC San Antonio, the Russian is set to take on Walt Harris in the co-main event. The 42-year-old is looking to get back into the win column after losing to Alistair Overeem back in April. Although he lost the fight, Oleynik says he was happy with his performance as he showed off his skills and at one point had his opponent hurt.

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The biggest winners from UFC Ottawa

Mike Straus - May 6, 2019

The fights are always fantastic when the Octagon stops off in Canada. Saturday’s UFC Ottawa card was no exception. Let’s take a look at the biggest winners from the card. Walt Harris At times the 35-year-old Walt Harris leaves you scratching your head. On other occasions, like his UFC Ottawa victory over Sergey Spivak, he leaves you thinking he could be coming for the title.

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UFC Utica Results: Walt Harris TKO's Daniel Spitz in Round 2

Chris Taylor - June 1, 2018

A heavyweight tilt featuring Walt Harris taking on Daniel Spitz took place on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 131 main card from Utica, New York. Daniel Spitz entered the contest with a 6-1 record while his opponent Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris came in at 10-7 overall.

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Walt Harris Plans to Appeal His Disqualification Against Mark Godbeer at UFC 217

Justin Golightly - November 7, 2017

It wouldn’t be a UFC card in New York without a little bit of controversy. Walt Harris had Mark Godbeer in a bad way, but due to a questionable glancing knee and a follow-up illegal kick, he ended up losing the fight in a rare disqualification. The referee was running and yelling at Harris to stop the action, but Harris followed through with his technique and Godbeer stated he could not continue. After speaking to Dana White at UFC 217, Walt Harris decided he will appeal the official decision. “I spoke with Dana right afterward, and he told me to contest it. He told me to appeal it. He said he felt like, you know, there’s a replay and I had a chance to win if I appealed. And that’s what I’m going to do. I feel like, at worst, it should have been a no-contest. If you remember, Curtis Blaydes and Aleksei Oleinik had the same type of situation, and they gave Curtis the win. I don’t understand how mine just went straight to a disqualification when there was conclusive evidence on the replay that the knee didn’t land low and I was in the heat of the fight. It wasn’t like the ref had put his hands on me, stopped my momentum, and then I took off and went and hit him. I was in the middle of a combination. So, to just go straight to a disqualification is like – I don’t understand it.”

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Walt Harris issues statement after suffering a DQ loss at UFC 217

Chris Taylor - November 5, 2017

UFC heavyweight Walt Harris has issued a statement after suffering a DQ loss to Mark Godbeer at last night’s UFC 217 event in New York. Harris hit Godbeer with a head kick late in the round as the referee was attempting to call a timeout due to a groin strike (watch that here).

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UFC 217 Results: Mark Godbeer defeats Walt Harris via DQ (VIDEO)

Chris Taylor - November 4, 2017

A heavyweight scrap between Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer took place during tonight’s UFC 217 prelims in New York. Round one begins and Harris and Godbeer both miss with early head kick attempts. Harris comes forward with a left hook that partially connects. Mark responds with a body kick. Walt Harris is throwing bombs now. He opts to shoot in and takes the fight to the floor. He immediately moves to mount and lands a huge shot. Godbeer scrambles and gets back to half guard and then full guard. Harris continues to work and lands a nice left hand. Another good left hand from “The Big Ticket”. He switches to elbows and then moves Godbeer against the fence. Harris is landing some hard shots from this position. Under two minutes remain in the opening round now. Harris lands another huge left elbow. Godbeer is attempting to scramble and finally gets back up to his feet. He leaps in with a right hook that misses. Walt connects with a nice counter left. He throws a knee that may have landed low. The referee attempts to step in and but Harris lands a head kick before he does. The doctors are called in to take a look. The fight is being called off.

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VIDEO | Heavyweight Walt Harris scores crushing KO on UFC Phoenix undercard

Tom Taylor - January 15, 2017

Right hook + Knee + Straight left = FINISH HIM!!! @TheBigTicket205 w/ a HUGE KO!!! What a start to #UFCPhoenix pic.twitter.com/GtW5RiGw1A — UFC (@ufc) January 16, 2017

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