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Gerald Harris
Born November 19, 1979 (1979-11-19) (age 31)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Other names Hurricane
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Style Wrestling
Fighting out of Denver, Colorado
Team Arizona Combat Sports
MMA record
Total 19
Wins 17
By knockout 8
By submission 6
By decision 2
Losses 2
By knockout 1
By decision 1
Draws 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Gerald Harris (born November 19, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 7. Harris is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighting in the middleweight division.

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Mixed martial arts

Harris stumbled into mixed martial arts by accident after a friend convinced him to do for fun and with Harris needing money, he agreed. He took an exhibition fight for $200, with the money he bought a "ragged Mustang to get around town." He beat his opponent so badly that he was invited to join the tournament and thus his professional fighting career began in August 2006. Harris won his first five matches before losing a controversial split decision to Fabio Leopoldo in his International Fight League debut.

After being on The Ultimate Fighter, Gerald went to train with Rampage Jackson for five weeks in Liverpool, England, and was very close to signing with Bellator Fighting Championships and taking part in their first season middleweight tournament.

When Gerald fell into financial problems, he was forced to move with his mother to Arizona, resulting in Gerald asking to be cut from his fight team, Team Quest. In Arizona he began training with C.B. Dollaway, Jamie Varner and Ryan Bader at Arizona Combat Sports.[1] He left the team not long after starting and moved to Denver, Colorado to train with Trevor Wittman at the Grudge Training Center.

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The Ultimate Fighter

Harris was on the Spike TV reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. He got on the show by defeating Mike Madallo but lost in the second round to Amir Sadollah.

He was a member of Team Rampage.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Harris was signed to the UFC after calling into MMA Junkie Radio with the special guest being President of the UFC, Dana White. Harris called the show, changing his voice, and began praising himself in the third person. Finally, Harris came out and identified himself, then he informed White of his desire to fight for the promotion and told him of his current winning streak. White congratulated Harris and told him to call the office for a talk, the talk entailed getting Harris signed to a four fight deal with the UFC.

He was set to make his debut for the UFC against Mike Massenzio on January 11, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 20, replacing an injured Tim Credeur.[2] Instead he fought John Salter, who stepped in for the injured Massenzio.[3] He would later go on to defeat Salter by TKO in the third round and win Knockout of the Night.

In his second appearance in the UFC, he fought on the UFC Fight Night 21 card against recent signing Mario Miranda. The fight took place March 31, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Harris won the fight by TKO due to punches in the first round.[4]

Harris next faced Renzo Gracie BJJ black belt, Dave Branch, on the under card of UFC 116. Harris won via knockout from a brutal slam at 3:25 of the third round. The knockout was awarded "Knockout of the Night", giving Harris his second post fight bonus and an extra $75,000 to his pay.[5] The knockout was also shown on numerous sport's highlight shows, including ESPN's Sportscenter.

Harris was expected to face Alessio Sakara on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118, replacing an injured Jorge Rivera.[6] However, Sakara was also forced off the card with an injury and replaced by Joe Vedepo.[7] Then on August 18, it was announced that the Harris/Vedepo bout had been scrapped from the card.[8] Harris was brought in as a alternate for the week of the event, and was given a fight purse for dieting, training and flying out to Boston.[9]

Harris is expected to face UFC newcomer Maiquel Falcão on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123[10] This will be Harris' first time on the main card and the bout is expected to take place right before the co-main event.

Personal life

Harris has two sons, Gerald Jr. and Christopher.[11]

Gerald's brother Corey was killed in March 2009. A teenage driver making a quick left turn had collided with his motorcycle, killing him instantly.[12] Despite this Gerald fought 7 days later and dedicated his victory to his brother.[12]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Maiquel Falcão UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida 02010-11-20 November 20, 2010 Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 17-2 Dave Branch KO (Slam) UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin 02010-07-03 July 3, 2010 3 2:35 Las Vegas, Nevada Won Knockout of the Night Honors
Win 16-2 Mario Miranda TKO (Punches) UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi 02010-03-31 March 31, 2010 1 4:49 Charlotte, North Carolina
Win 15-2 John Salter TKO (Punches) UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz 02010-01-11 January 11, 2010 3 3:24 Fairfax, Virginia Won Knockout of the Night Honors
Win 14-2 Nissen Osterneck KO (Punch) Shark Fights 6: Stars and Stripes 02009-09-12 September 12, 2009 1 0:46 Amarillo, Texas Won Shark Fights Middleweight Championship
Win 13-2 David Knight KO (Punches) Slammin Jammin Weekend 2 02009-03-28 March 28, 2009 1 1:38 Red Rock, Oklahoma
Win 12-2 Travis Doerge Submission (Guillotine Choke) C3 Fights: Knock-Out Rock-Out Weekend 02009-01-30 January 30, 2009 1 2:32 Clinton, Oklahoma
Win 11-2 Jay Ford Submission (Punches) Freestyle Cage Fighting 02008-11-15 November 15, 2008 1 3:43 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Win 10-2 Mitch Whitesel Decision (Unanimous) C3 Fights: Showdown 2 02008-08-16 August 16, 2008 3 N/A Cherokee, North Carolina
Win 9-2 Brandon McDowell Submission (Strikes) C3 Fights: Battle on the Border 2 02008-07-12 July 12, 2008 1 1:21 Newkirk, Oklahoma
Win 8-2 Jeremija Sanders TKO (Punches) FTP: Global Showdown 02007-11-03 November 3, 2007 1 N/A Thackerville, Oklahoma
Loss 7-2 Benji Radach TKO (Punches) IFL: 2007 Semifinals 02007-08-02 August 2, 2007 1 3:03 East Rutherford, New Jersey
Loss 7-1 Fabio Leopoldo Decision (Split) IFL: Connecticut 02007-04-13 April 13, 2007 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 7-0 Curtis Stout KO (Slam) TFC 7: Red Rumble 02007-03-23 March 23, 2007 1 4:57 Kansas City, Kansas
Win 6-0 Travis Fowler Decision (Unanimous) Freestyle Cage Fighting 02007-03-10 March 10, 2007 3 N/A Ponca City, Oklahoma
Win 5-0 Harvell Hunter KO Freestyle Cage Fighting 02007-02-10 February 10, 2007 N/A N/A Ponca City, Oklahoma
Win 4-0 Robert McDaniel Submission (Injury) Freestyle Cage Fighting 02006-11-03 November 3, 2006 2 4:55 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Win 3-0 Joe Bunch TKO (Punches) FCF: Brawl For It All 02006-10-07 October 7, 2006 2 1:58 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Win 2-0 Chester Lauchner Submission (Verbal Tapout) FCF: Brawl For It All 02006-08-19 August 19, 2006 2 1:06 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Win 1-0 Ryan Lopez Submission (hammer fist) FCFP: Friday Night Fights 02006-08-11 August 11, 2006 2 0:49 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Titles and Accomplishments

    • Shark Fights
      • Shark Fights Middleweight Champion

References

  1. ^ http://www.aroundtheoctagon.com/?p=197
  2. ^ "Tim Credeur out, UFC newcomer Gerald Harris in at UFC Fight Night 20 in January". mmajunkie.com. http://mmajunkie.com/news/17168/tim-credeur-out-ufc-newcomer-gerald-harris-in-at-ufc-fight-night-20-in-january.mma. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  3. ^ John Salter tapped as late replacement, meets Gerald Harris at UFC Fight Night 20
  4. ^ Gerald Harris meets undefeated UFC newcomer Mario Miranda at UFC Fight Night 21
  5. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/19805/ufc-116-fighter-bonuses-six-fighters-each-earn-75k-awards.mma
  6. ^ "Gerald Harris steps in for injured Jorge Rivera, faces Alessio Sakara at UFC 118". mmajunkie.com. July 23, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/20037/gerald-harris-steps-in-for-injured-jorge-rivera-faces-alessio-sakara-at-ufc-118.mma. 
  7. ^ "Joe Vedepo replaces Alessio Sakara, faces Gerald Harris at UFC 118". mmajunkie.com. August 5, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/20184/joe-vedepo-replaces-alessio-sakara-faces-gerald-harris-at-ufc-118.mma. 
  8. ^ "UFC 118 fight card complete with 10 bous; Harris vs. Vedepo off preliminary card". mmajunkie.com. August 18, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/20334/ufc-118-fight-card-complete-with-10-bous-harris-vs-vedepo-off-prelims.mma. 
  9. ^ http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/08/28/gerald-harris-ufc-118s-fighter-without-a-fight-hopeful-of-quic/
  10. ^ "Maiquel Falcao vs. Gerald Harris in the works for UFC 123 in November". mmajunkie.com. September 14, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/20638/maiquel-falcao-vs-gerald-harris-in-the-works-for-ufc-123-in-november.mma. 
  11. ^ "Gerald Harris: UFC 118's Fighter Without a Fight Hopeful of Quick Booking". MMAFIGHTING.com. 2010-08-28. http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/08/28/gerald-harris-ufc-118s-fighter-without-a-fight-hopeful-of-quic/. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  12. ^ a b "TUF" vet Gerald Harris' latest victory earned along with his biggest loss

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