When analyzing the UFC Fight Night heavyweight main event between Walt Harris and Alistair Overeem on Saturday night, it's hard to look past the outside issues that cast a shadow over the event. These two men were set to square off in December before Harris was forced to withdraw in November following the tragic disappearance of his stepdaughter. Unfortunately, the worst-case scenario would play out as the body of Aniah Blanchard was recovered later that month, having been kidnapped and murdered.
The fight between the two was bumped to April 11 from there. Then the global coronavirus pandemic threw the world into chaos and the fight was delayed again. Now, after all the tragedy and complications, Harris and Overeem are set to face off in an empty VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday night.
Ultimately, setting aside all other factors, Harris and Overeem are going to throw down. On paper, it is a prototypical heavyweight battle between two huge men with big knockout power. Harris stands 6-foot-5 and nearly hits the 265-pound heavyweight limit, making him one of the few men in the UFC who hold the size advantage over the 6-foot-4 Overeem.