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Gerald Harris to Get Fourth-Straight Octagon Newbie at UFC 123

(None shall pass. / Props:

Since returning to the UFC following his TUF 7 stint in 2008, UFC middleweight standout Gerald Harris has gone 3-0, with all fights ending in KO/TKO, and all fights taking place against New Guys. In what has to be some sort of freakin’ record, Harris will welcome another UFC first-timer to the Octagon at UFC 123 (November 20, Auburn Hills). As first reported by Tatame and confirmed today by, Harris is slated to face Maiquel Jose "Big Rig" Falcao Goncalves, a 25-3 Chute Boxe product with 21 wins by KO/TKO, whose last seven fights resulted in first-round stoppage victories. That’s a scary resume, to be sure. Still, let’s recap the devastation that Gerald Harris has inflicted on folks who tried to make a good first impression in the UFC:

vs. John Salter @ UFC Fight Night 20, 1/11/10
Harris via third-round TKO. Picks up Knockout of the Night bonus.

vs. Mario Miranda @ UFC Fight Night 21, 3/31/10
Harris via first-round TKO.

vs. Dave Branch @ UFC 116, 7/3/10
Harris via third-round KO (slam). Picks up Knockout of the Night bonus and a plug on SportsCenter.

We’d complain about Harris deserving a higher-profile fight, and how UFC matchmaker Joe Silva is sending another middleweight prospect to certain death, but Gerald has already made it clear that the string of prelim fights and fresh-meat opponents don’t bother him in the least. As he told Ariel Helwani following UFC 116, "Man, I’ll be on the undercard forever. I’ll fight the championship on the undercard! …I’m just incredibly happy to have the success that I have. When the TV time comes, it’ll be there…You’re talking to a guy that came from the local shows. I’m in the UFC; I could have fought before the concession stands opened, I wouldn’t care."

If you’re curious about what Harris will be facing in November, here’s a Big Rig highlight reel, courtesy of midiav7:

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jimbonics- September 20, 2010 at 7:23 am
@ bob reilly.

No sir. My FPS's stay on the PC, and I wasn't too imprezz with bc2.
Hank Mardukis- September 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm
@ Sudos KFC

Nice Dr. Thompson Reference!
CungwantsCookies- September 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm
props to sudos for the h.s. thompson reference
Bob Reilly- September 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm
I played BFBC2 with a guy named jimbonic on my ps3 last night, I recognized the handle, is it you?
King Kong Kim- September 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm
I like the Chute Box guy even though he stole my victory dance.
DazedNConfused- September 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm
This "Big Rig" Goncalves guy does seem like a cunt, But a dangerous cunt. Kind of like Rosie O Donnell. Should be a good fight.
Sudos KFC- September 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm
I asked dana on twitter if gerald always got newbies because the other people he is scheduled to fight tend to come down with training camp injuries and newbies are the ones who can't say no. I am going to pull a foxnews and assume his silence was an affirmation of my conspiracy theory. He tweeted me back this one time so OBVIOUSLY he reads my every tweet.

I'm not saying the middleweight elite was offered and turned down gerald by any means but what does someone like alessio sakara have to gain by getting donkey-konged into the ground like a tent post? Ill answer in the form of a question, what could arianny do to get hotter? Ill now answer my own question: nothing.

Not saying it was a good thing, as a twin its the worst thing I can imagine, but something changed in gerald when his bro died, he's a mutant, one of gods own prototypes. Never even CONSIDERED for mass production.

Goog- September 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm
I already hate this dick based on the last 10 seconds of the video. I hope he's the first death inside the octag...

... hold on...

.... alright. I'm not supposed to say that.

I hope he gets shot by a crazed spectator on the way to the cage, clearly outside the octagon.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm
This "Big Rig" looks like a big dick. Hopefully he's a little bit less of a dick but still impressively violent when he has to cycle off the juice in the UFC.
Decipleofmagus- September 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm
@Shane Darwin

You're right, its not a word...its an acronym
Shane Darwin- September 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm
@ jimbonics


That's not even a word!

Comments here have really taken a downturn recently!

WAR CP!!!!1!!!!1

WAR Christine O'Donnell!!!

The Right is f*cking back!
Fried Taco- September 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm
My prediction: Gerald Harris wins by Falcao DQ due to illegal kicks to the head of a downed opponent.
TheHulkSmash- September 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm
The way the UFC grooms fighters is bull - because somebody can come along and get lucky and all the sudden the fighter is tainted and might never get a chance.

jimbonics- September 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm