Gerald Harris (fighter)

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Gerald Harris
Born (1979-11-19) November 19, 1979 (age 39)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Other namesHurricane, Slam King
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Middleweight (formerly)
Fighting out ofTulsa, Oklahoma
Years active2006–2019
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout11
By submission6
By decision8
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Gerald Harris (born November 19, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist and current middle school science teacher, who most recently fought in Bellator. He was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 7 and has also competed in World Series of Fighting, the UFC, DREAM, the Portland Wolfpack in the IFL, Shark Fights, Tachi Palace Fights, and Legacy Fighting Championship.

Early life[edit]

Gerald Harris attended East Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then wrestled in college for Cleveland State University where he owns the all-time record for wins on the wrestling team. Also while attending CSU, Harris was member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[1][2]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Harris stumbled into mixed martial arts by accident after a friend convinced him to do it 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 IFL 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.[3] He left the team not long after starting and moved to Denver, Colorado to train with Trevor Wittman at the Grudge Training Center.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Harris was on the Spike TV reality show The Ultimate Fighter as a member of Team Rampage. He got on the show by defeating Mike Madallo [4] but lost in the second round to Amir Sadollah, who was the eventual winner of that season.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[5] Instead he fought John Salter, who stepped in for the injured Massenzio.[6] 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.[7]

Harris next faced Renzo Gracie BJJ black belt, David Branch, on the under card of UFC 116. Harris won via knockout after 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.[8] 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.[9] However, Sakara was also forced off the card with an injury and replaced by Joe Vedepo.[10] Then on August 18, it was announced that the Harris/Vedepo bout had been scrapped from the card.[11] Harris was brought in as an alternative for the week of the event, and was given a fight purse for dieting, training and flying out to Boston.[12]

Once again, Harris faced a UFC newcomer in Maiquel Falcão on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123[13] Harris lost the fight via unanimous decision and, in a surprising move to many observers, was subsequently released by the promotion.[14][15][16]

Post UFC[edit]

Following his release, Harris fought James Head on February 11, 2011 for Oklahoma's Xtreme Fight Night MMA. The fight was back and forth throughout the three rounds. Harris lost the fight via decision.[17][18]

Harris then fought at Tachi Palace Fights 9 against journeyman Anthony Ruiz. He went on to win that fight via unanimous decision, and ended up breaking his hand in the process.

DREAM/ Legacy FC[edit]

On July 25, 2011, Harris announced on his personal Twitter that he had signed a multi-fight deal with Japanese promotion, DREAM. In his debut, Harris faced fellow UFC veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura at Dream 17.[19] He won the fight via split decision.

Harris fought Eric Davila on Feb. 24, 2012 in the main event of Legacy Fighting Championship 10.[20] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Harris fought Mike Bronzoulis in his welterweight debut on May 11, 2012 at Legacy Fighting Championship 11. He defeated Bronzoulis by split decision.

Harris came out of retirement to face Aaron Cobb in the main event of Legacy Fighting Championship 63 on December 2, 2016.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

Harris signed with World Series of Fighting in late 2012 and made his promotional debut at WSOF 1 on November 3, 2012 against Josh Burkman. Harris lost the fight via unanimous decision.

In his second fight with the promotion, Harris fought Jorge Santiago at WSOF 4. The bout had a confusing first round where Harris slammed Santiago and believed he had tapped. However, the referee was stopping the action to deduct a point from Santiago for blatantly grabbing the cage during Harris' slam. Despite the confusion, Harris went on to win the fight via unanimous decision.

Harris announced his retirement from MMA on April 22, 2014.[21][22]

MMA return[edit]

After two-and-a-half years away from the sport, Harris returned to active competition in December 2016. He faced Aaron Cobb at Legacy Fighting Championship 63 on December 2, 2016. What was originally scheduled to be a welterweight bout turned into a heavyweight bout after Cobb missed weight by showing up more than 50 pounds above the welterweight limit. Harris won the fight via knockout due to a slam in the first minute of the first round.[23]

On October 21, 2017, Harris stepped into the cage for his last professional fight against Matt McKeon at Xtreme Fight Night at Tulsa Oklahoma. He went into retirement with a win via a violent slam.[24]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Harris stepped in as a last-minute replaced for John Salter against Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 198 on April 28, 2018. Due to the lateness of the booking, the bout was contested at a catchweight of 188 pounds.[25] Harris lost the bout via submission in the first round.[26] Soon after the Lovato fight, Harris signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator.[27]

In his second fight for the promotion, Harris faced Yaroslav Amosov at Bellator 202 on July 13, 2018.

Harris faced Anatoly Tokov at Bellator 218 on March 22, 2019. Harris managed to drop Tokov during the fight, but Tokov recovered and eventually submitted Harris via ten-finger guillotine choke. Following the loss, Harris announced that the fight was the last fight of his contract, and retired the second time in his career.[28]

Personal life[edit]

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.[29] Despite this Gerald fought 7 days later and dedicated his victory to his brother.[29] Gerald Harris also teaches Social Studies in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Championships and achievements[edit]

Cleveland State University

  • Class of 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame (Wrestling)[30]

Freestyle Cage Fighting

  • FCF Middleweight Championship (Two times)

Titan Fighting Championship

Xtreme Fight Night

  • Welterweight Championship

Shark Fights

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
34 matches 25 wins 8 losses
By knockout 11 1
By submission 6 2
By decision 8 5
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 25–8-1 Anatoly Tokov Submission (Guillotine Choke) Bellator 218 March 22, 2019 2 0:37 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Draw 25–7-1 Hracho Darpinyan Draw (majority) Bellator 210 November 30, 2018 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 25–7 Yaroslav Amosov Decision (unanimous) Bellator 202 July 13, 2018 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 25–6 Rafael Lovato Jr. Submission (armbar) Bellator 198 April 28, 2018 1 1:11 Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 25–5 Matt McKeon KO (slam) Xtreme Fight Night 344 October 21, 2017 4 2:22 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Won XFN Welterweight Championship
Win 24–5 Brian Green Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Fight Night 343 August 25, 2017 3 5:00 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 23–5 Aaron Cobb KO (slam) Legacy Fighting Championship 63 December 2, 2016 1 0:43 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Heavyweight bout
Win 22–5 Jorge Santiago Decision (unanimous) WSOF 4 August 10, 2013 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States
Loss 21–5 Josh Burkman Decision (unanimous) WSOF 1 November 3, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–4 Mike Bronzoulis Decision (split) Legacy Fighting Championship 11 May 11, 2012 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 20–4 Eric Davila Decision (unanimous) Legacy Fighting Championship 10 February 24, 2012 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 19–4 Kazuhiro Nakamura Decision (split) Dream 17 September 24, 2011 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 18–4 Anthony Ruiz Decision (unanimous) Tachi Palace Fights 9 May 5, 2011 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 17–4 James Head Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Fight Night 2: Harris vs. Head February 25, 2011 3 5:00 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 17–3 Maiquel Falcão Decision (unanimous) UFC 123 November 20, 2010 3 5:00 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 17–2 David Branch KO (slam) UFC 116 July 3, 2010 3 2:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 16–2 Mario Miranda TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi March 31, 2010 1 4:49 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 15–2 John Salter TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 3 3:24 Fairfax, Virginia, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 14–2 Nissen Osterneck KO (punch) Shark Fights 6: Stars & Stripes September 12, 2009 1 0:46 Amarillo, Texas, United States Won the Shark Fights Middleweight Championship.
Win 13–2 David Knight KO (punches) Slammin Jammin Weekend 2 March 28, 2009 1 1:38 Red Rock, Oklahoma, United States
Win 12–2 Travis Doerge Submission (guillotine choke) C3 Fights: Knockout Rockout Weekend January 30, 2009 1 2:32 Clinton, Oklahoma, United States
Win 11–2 Jay Ford Submission (punches) Freestyle Cage Fighting 25 November 15, 2008 1 3:43 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 10–2 Mitch Whitesel Decision (unanimous) C3 Fights: Showdown 2 August 16, 2008 3 5:00 Cherokee, North Carolina, United States
Win 9–2 Brandon McDowell Submission (punches) C3 Fights: Battle on the Border 2 July 12, 2008 1 1:21 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 8–2 Jeremija Sanders TKO (punches) FTP: Global Showdown November 3, 2007 1 0:30 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 7–2 Benji Radach TKO (punches) IFL: 2007 Semifinals August 2, 2007 1 3:03 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 7–1 Fabio Leopoldo Decision (split) IFL: Connecticut April 13, 2007 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 7–0 Curtis Stout KO (slam and punches) Titan FC 7 March 23, 2007 1 4:57 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 6–0 Travis Fowler Decision (unanimous) Freestyle Cage Fighting 9 March 10, 2007 3 5:00 Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 5–0 Harvell Hunter KO (punches) Freestyle Cage Fighting 8 February 10, 2007 1 N/A Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 4–0 Bubba McDaniel Submission (injury) Freestyle Cage Fighting 6 November 3, 2006 2 4:55 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Won the FCF Middleweight Tournament.
Win 3–0 Joe Bunch TKO (punches) FCF: Brawl For It All October 7, 2006 2 1:58 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 2–0 Chester Lauchner Submission (verbal) FCF: Brawl For It All August 19, 2006 2 1:06 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1–0 Ryan Lopez Submission (punches) FCFP: Friday Night Fights August 11, 2006 2 0:49 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States


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  9. ^ "Gerald Harris steps in for injured Jorge Rivera, faces Alessio Sakara at UFC 118". July 23, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-07-25.
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