Dana White wasn’t kidding when he said he’d “take a guy who loses a dog fight any day of the week over a guy who stares at somebody for five f–king minutes.” Of course, the bout he was referring to was Maiquel Falcao vs. Gerald Harris at UFC 123. Obviously, Dana was pissed how both fighters failed to do anything in the third round, and while Falcao has taken most of the heat from it, he won the fight and can’t be cut. Gerald Harris on the other hand lost and can be, but the UFC wouldn’t cut him after a 3-1 run with two KOTN bonuses, would they? Actually, they would.
Sources close to Harris informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the two-time “Knockout of the Night” winner and former cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 7” has been released from the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion.
When contacted by MMAjunkie.com, Harris also confirmed his release but declined to comment on the matter at this time.
Can’t say I saw that coming, but I do wonder if Harris would still have his job right now if the timekeeper hadn’t cut the first round short. Falcao likely would have finished him and Harris never would have been involved in that boring third round that pissed Dana off so much. Maybe they still would have cut him, but I bet the decision would have been a lot harder to make.
Of course, Gerald Harris wasn’t the only fighter to get the axe following UFC 123. “The Kimbo Killer” Seth Petruzelli lost his second straight in his second tour with the promotion. Not surprisingly, he won’t get a third chance.
Other fighters let go in recent weeks from the UFC include Karo Parisyan, Goran Reljic and Peter Sobotta.
Update: Looks like you can add Nick Ospiczak to the cut list too.