Rarely in recent history has there been as much public outcry on behalf of a released fighter than in the case of Gerald Harris being cut by the UFC after compiling a 3-1 record in the Octagon and a knockout worthy of making the SportsCenter news-cycle. However, one of the individuals you won’t hear complaining about the organization’s decision is Harris himself.
“I don’t feel sorry for myself in a sense of being cut. I’m more disappointed with my performance than anything. That’s what hurts me the most,” said the 17-3 middleweight in a conversation with MMAJunkie.
“I don’t want to use the words ‘reality check’ or ‘wake-up call,’ but they didn’t make an example out of me. They set the standard for fighters. They’ve made it clear that they’re not going to accept that type of performance. I don’t care who you are; they don’t accept that kind of performance on the big stage,” he continued in addition to saying he had “no excuses”.
As far as the lackluster third round many felt contributed to Harris’ demise from the Zuffa payroll, “Hurricane” said the period was a “blur” after having been rocked earlier in the fight.
“The only thing I remember about the third round is in the last 10 seconds, he started going nuts like he was about to do something,” he elaborated on the frame in question.
While he still hopes to return to the UFC in the future, Harris hasn’t lost sight of the silver-lining at hand in terms of his semi-controversial release.
“I know what I have to do. I promise you this: The next time you see me fight, you’re going to see a different person. I consider being cut a negative thing, but I’m going to try and make it a positive. This can give me an opportunity to fight in my hometown. This can give me the opportunity to make the changes I need to become a champion.”
Harris is 10-1 in his last eleven fights, including seven consecutive TKOs/submissions prior to his loss to Maiquel Falcao at UFC 123, and has finished fifteen of the seventeen opponents he’s beaten.