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Gerald Harris Drops Decision in First Post-UFC Fight

(Gerald Harris after slam-KO’ing Dave Branch at UFC 116; we can’t tell what Joe Silva is saying back there, but it’s probably something like “hit that bastard again and again and again!”)

Last Friday in Tulsa, former UFC fighter Gerald Harris competed for the first time since his unanimous decision loss to Maiquel Falcao in November and subsequent canning. Harris’s opponent at Xtreme Fight Night: Harris vs. Head was James Head, a fighter from Oklahoma City who came into the fight with a 7-1 record against mostly-anonymous competition. And even though that sounds like the kind of mismatch you’d only find on a local card in Tulsa, Head went off script and actually beat Harris by unanimous decision. What?

According to one first-hand account, “Any time Harris took Head down, Head was killing him with elbows from the bottom, it was nasty. Head also caught him with a huge knee…Harris was lazy as fuck, he would shoot and stay on his knees and James would drop some nasty shots on him. Head definately outworked him tonight. The unanimous decision was spot on.”

As Gerald tweeted after the fight, “Tough one last night, but I’m not a man of excuses. I’ll heal up, make changes, and I’ll be back in action May 5th at Tachi Palace.”¬†Harris will meet Anthony Ruiz, a 25-15 journeyman (and one-time Strikeforce title contender) who has lost his last two fights against Leopoldo Serao and Givanildo Santana. TPF 9 is also slated to feature Efrain Escudero, Fabricio Camoes, Waachiim Spiritwolf, Mamoru Yamaguchi, and Jamie Yager.

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valetudorules- March 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm
i was there it was a pretty packed casino , there was some good fights i'd say plus comanche boy he's a bad ass
tulsatopteam- March 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm
I can read fine, mad monk...what's your real name? If you were backstage you must be from around Tulsa or you are affiliated with one of the fighters around here. You admit in your next post that he was just what I said, and reacted accordingly to most he encountered...but instead of coming on here and saying he was nice to most the people he encountered, you bring up some negative shit that you probably misinterpreted because you are a blind pussy. If you talked to him after his fight, and if you were STUPID enough to go up and talk to him BEFORE his fight, he must have been super nice to you, not telling you to fuck off while he was preparing for a fight! I'm sure you were swinging from his nuts when you talked to him too.

Sooo, what's your name? I would love to get this discussion off this comment thread and discuss it in person. I would love to slap you in the face for talking shit about the nicest guy in MMA.

AndyInflammatory, you must BE michael mahoney if you have even heard of him! He never trained with me, never even saw him at TTT but I heard he showed up for a handful of classes and mostly sat out of everything because his foot hurt.
AndyInflammatory- March 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm
Hey OMA - who was that big unit you trained with some years ago at TTT - he had a club foot and used to post on FightHQ - MichaelMahoney? Something like that?

/random memory
mad monk- March 1, 2011 at 9:42 am
If you will read I said some of them, not all of them, I talked to Gerald before and after the fight and he was just what you said, and did react accordingly to most he encountered. I just know what I saw at one point walking through the stands, I hope to see him round out his skill set and make the jump back to the UFC, the man should have never been dismissed.
tulsatopteam- March 1, 2011 at 8:42 am
LOL. This "Dallas405" that you quote from the Sherdog forums has a Lovato's BJJ logo as his avatar, which is James Head's team...not exactly an unbiased opinion!

I was one of the announcers (internet legend OMA(tm)). Most observers I spoke with felt Gerald won. I was also near Gerald after the fights and he was VERY corteous and respectful to fans and had a positive attitidue, contrary to what mad monk said!
mad monk- March 1, 2011 at 8:08 am
I was there ringside and back stage and he had no answer when his take down game wasnt working. When his shot got stuffed, he just held on to Head's legs and ate punches and elbows. If he puts as much time in on the rest of his game as he has on his wrestling he will get back to the big stages. Also he ignored some of the fans that tried to talk to him after his fight, I understand you just lost a decision but you can at the least acknowledge that they are standing in front of you and telling you that you were in a good fight. It was also a night that saw undefeated Strikeforce Lightweight fighter and Kickboxer Thomas Longacre step into the boxing ring against undefeated boxer George Tahdooahnippah in the main event that ended in a unanimous decision win for Tahdooahnippah that ringside observer Mickey Ward called a draw.
Smitty- March 1, 2011 at 7:06 am
I love the way Harris NEVER makes excuses. I think once he puts some work in on his stand up and jits, he'll be a contender. He's young and has a warrior spirit, but he's just not seasoned enough yet.
FaH Q NL15- March 1, 2011 at 6:57 am
I seen? really? "I have seen" or "I saw" next time bud. Good story though
fightfan- March 1, 2011 at 6:26 am
I seen Ruiz's fight against 300 lb Gan Mcgee. Forget where I seen it but was a pretty good fight. Mcgee used his weight, a la Tim Sylvia to smother, exhaust, lay n/ pray, etc, etc. But in the 2nd round Ruiz was extremely exhausted, but had just enough strength to get off a number of haymakers(that could barely reach Mcgee's face) and KO's him