(None shall pass. / Props: geraldhurricaneharris.com)
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 UFC.com, 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.
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: