Up and coming knockout artist, Gerald Harris was released from his UFC contract after his first lost in the organization. Harris was defeated by Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves at UFC 123.
Goncalves used his punching abilities to stun Harris multiple times during their fight. During the first round, Harris was in danger of tapping to a rear naked choke, but was saved by the bell. Round two saw more of the same action as Goncalves once again took Harris’s back and threatened with a submission. The third round was vastly different than the first two as Goncalves coasted to a unanimous decision victory while Harris followed him around the ring.
This was Harris’s first lost since 2007. During his career Harris has been featured on The Ultimate Fighter and was a one-time Middleweight Champion with the Shark Fights promotion. While in the UFC, Harris had amassed a 3-1 record, with two of his fights earning him the Knockout of the Night bonus. 9 of his 17 victories have come by knockout and he has finished a total of 15 fights before the final bell.
Multiple mixed martial arts news outlets are reporting that Harris has confirmed notification of his release, however he has not commented on the situation. His official twitter page has also confirmed the release.
The President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Dana White, is quoted on MMA Junkie dot com as saying “Their guy (Goncalves) is going to stick around. Gerald Harris is not.” He went on to say that “These are the big leagues. It’s no different from Major League Baseball, no different than the NFL. You perform, or you go away.”
This may become a more common occurrence as the Ultimate Fighting Championship adds two new weight classes to the organization. With more fighters coming under the UFC banner, it may become harder to keep a roster spot even with one or two losses.
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