Gerald Harris (born November 19, 1979 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7. Harris is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighting in the middleweight division.
Mixed Martial Arts Edit
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 a couple hundred bucks, 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. After wards, Gerald asked to be cut from his fight team, Team Quest so he could move down to Arizona with his mother. When he fell into a financial problem he began training with C.B. Dollaway, Matthew Riddle and Ryan Bader. He left the team not long after starting and moved to Denver, Colorado to train with Nate Marquardt at Nate's gym, the Grudge Training Center.
The Ultimate Fighter Edit
Harris was on the Spike TV reality show The Ultimate Fighter. He got on the show by beating Mike Madallo but lost in the second round to Amir Sadollah. He was a member of Team Rampage.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Harris was signed to the UFC after calling into MMA Junkie Radio with the special guest being President of the UFC, Dana White. Harris 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. Instead he fought John Salter, who stepped in for the injured Massenzio. 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, Harris is expected to compete on the UFC Fight Night 21 card against recent signing Mario Miranda. The fight takes place March 31, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Personal life Edit
Harris is a former high school history teacher. In addition he spent his free time managing his own stand-up comedy routine. He booked, promoted, and produced all his own gigs. Gerald has five brothers and three sisters. Harris is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans. Harris graduated from Tulsa's East Central High School in 1998 where he was on the wrestling team and also the school mascot, the "Fighting Cardinal". Gerald has two sons, Gerald Jr. and Christopher.
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. Despite this Gerald fought 7 days later and dedicated his victory to his brother.
MMA record Edit
|Professional record breakdown|
|21||14 wins||2 losses|
|Mario Miranda||UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||John Salter||TKO (Strikes)||UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz||January 11, 2010||3||3:24||Fairfax, Virginia, United States||Won Knockout of the Night Honors|
|Win||Nissen Osterneck||KO (Punch)||Shark Fights 6: Stars and Stripes||September 12, 2009||1||0:46||Amarillo, Texas, United States|
|Win||David Knight||KO (Punches)||Slammin Jammin Weekend 2||March 28, 2009||1||1:38||Red Rock, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Travis Doerge||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||C3 Fights: Knock-Out Rock-Out Weekend||January 30, 2009||1||2:32||Clinton, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Jay Ford||Submission (Punches)||Freestyle Cage Fighting||November 15, 2008||1||3:43||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Mitch Whitesel||Decision (Unanimous)||C3 Fights: Showdown 2||August 16, 2008||3||N/A||Cherokee, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||Brandon McDowell||Submission (Strikes)||C3 Fights: Battle on the Border 2||July 12, 2008||1||1:21||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Jeremija Sanders||TKO||FTP: Global Showdown||November 3, 2007||1||N/A||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Lose||Benji Radach||TKO (Punches)||IFL: 2007 Semifinals||August 2, 2007||1||3:03||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Lose||Fabio Leopoldo||Decision (Split)||IFL: Connecticut||April 13, 2007||3||4:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||Curtis Stout||KO||TFC 7: Red Rumble||March 23, 2007||1||4:57||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||Travis Fowler||Decision (Unanimous)||Freestyle Cage Fighting||March 10, 2007||3||N/A||Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Robert McDaniel||Submission (Injury)||Freestyle Cage Fighting||November 3, 2006||2||4:55||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Joe Bunch||TKO (Punches)||FCF: Brawl For It All||October 7, 2006||2||1:58||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Chester Lauchner||Submission (Verbal Tapout)||FCF: Brawl For It All||August 19, 2006||2||1:06||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Ryan Lopez||Submission||FCFP: Friday Night Fights||August 11, 2006||2||0:49||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
- ↑ http://www.aroundtheoctagon.com/?p=197
- ↑ Template:Cite news
- ↑ http://archive.is/20120712222435/mmajunkie.com/news/17457/john-salter-tapped-late-replacement-meets-gerald-harris-at-ufc-fight-night-20.mma
- ↑ http://archive.is/20120722143313/mmajunkie.com/news/17909/gerald-harris-meets-undefeated-ufc-newcomer-mario-miranda-at-ufc-fight-night-21.mma
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 http://archive.is/20130129040510/mmajunkie.com/news/14548/tuf-vet-gerald-harris-latest-victory-came-with-his-biggest-loss.mma
- Pro Fight Record
- International Fight League
- GeraldHurricaneHarris.com - Gerald's Personal Website