When a fighter drops a handful of contests inside the Octagon, especially in a consecutive manner, fans often have an easy time understanding why the UFC may choose to part ways with said individual. However, when a Mixed Martial Artist goes 3-1 under the promotion’s bright lights and racks up a few performance-based bonuses in the process, it’s far more difficult to grasp why he would be let go after a single stumble in the ring.
Such a situation arose late Tuesday when middleweight Gerald Harris confirmed via Twitter he had been released after losing a unanimous decision to 26-3 Maiquel Jose Falcao at UFC 123 this past weekend. The victory was Falcao’s eighth in a row.
Harris, who was coming off a knockout slam at UFC 116 featured on SportsCenter’s “Top 10” plays of the involved weekend, is 17-3 overall and entered the cage against Falcao on a ten-fight win streak. However, the bout was unfortunately marred by a shortened-clock in the opening frame likely saving Harris from tapping out to a choke, as well as featured a less-than aesthetically pleasing final frame.
Whether “Hurricane” would have retained his employment had he been submitted in the first round, or the exact reason his newfound free-agency came about, are questions that may be answered in the coming days but one thing seems certain at this moment in time – any MMA organization seeking a talented 185-pounder with fifteen finishes in seventeen total wins is likely licking their chops rather than wondering how or why.