The 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound UFC fighter said he went through a dark time after Blanchard’s death. He wondered if going back to the fight meant he wasn’t thinking about her.
“There was honestly a point where I wanted to think of something other than my daughter,” Harris told reporters this week.
Harris and Overeem were originally supposed to fight in December, but Harris retired after his daughter’s death. When he considered returning to UFC, Harris said he could hear his daughter speaking to him and urged him to get back in shape and fight.
“My focus has been razor sharp since the tragedy. I’m fighting for a different purpose,” said Harris. “My daughter is with me everywhere.”
Blanchard was kidnapped by a chevron station
An autopsy revealed that Blanchard had died from a gunshot wound, and the coroner decided that her death was a murder, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said in December.
Hughes said his office was planning to file a death sentence on Yazeed. His charges were upgraded in December from first-degree kidnapping to capital murder.
Yazeed’s next appearance in court is scheduled for June. Previous appearances have been postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
CNN has asked Yazeed’s lawyer to comment, but the requests have remained unanswered.