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Gerald Harris’s ‘TUF 7′ Blog: Down But Not Out


(Sadollah about to get Harrisplexed.)

Every Thursday morning, Team Rampage member Gerald Harris blogs his reactions to each new episode of The Ultimate Fighter. And this was the one we’ve been waiting for — the night Gerald actually gets to fight. But despite his early domination against Amir Sadollah, things didn’t turn out the way he’d hoped. Read below for Gerald’s rundown of the fight and how he felt about it, and give him a shout at his MySpace page.

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It’s 8:58 p.m. and I’m staring at the clock hoping that it doesn’t click to 9:00. I’m sitting on the couch with my friends because every Wednesday we get together to watch the show. It was cool for the first couple weeks, but this one was different — I wasn’t smiling as much and I wasn’t excited. No one noticed and things went on as they did in the past. I’m flooded with text messages, phone calls, and high fives from my friends when the fight picks are announced. The fight starts and people are sending texts, calls, and jumping up and down as I slam and strike Amir the entire first round. Then it happens — “Bam,” in a quick flash — the fight’s over. You talk about silence? No one said a word for about 15 minutes, my phone stopped ringing, and nobody even looked at me. I broke the silence by saying “I’m sorry that I let y’all down, but it’s not over.” They’ve all seen the show and the success of fighters who got a second chance or at least earned a career in the UFC.

Now, let me take you back a couple months before I got there. I trained my ass off, running miles in the morning, and never missed Team Quest practice unless it was an emergency. I dreamed about holding The Ultimate Fighter trophy as Dana handed it to me and joining the ranks of Stevenson, Griffin, Evans, and many others. I was also doing bad financially and could barely afford to support my family, so winning those fights would help me provide for them. I’m the father of two and that’s how I feed them; this is my life, and the only thing that I do to earn money. When I lost that fight I felt like I let everyone down, I didn’t earn money to feed my kids, and lost the chance to become the next Ultimate Fighter. Once I took a deep breath and talked to Rampage I realized that it was ok. I still have a future in the UFC and a possible second chance to get into the tournament. During the fight I injured my ankle and scratched my eye, but that healed in a few days — the doc cleared me as good to go.

The fight — well I’m going to be a real man and say that Amir won that fight. He never quit, stuck to the game plan, and listened to his corner. He also hit me with a move that he practiced many times — there’s good timing, but no luck involved in that. I did almost the opposite. I relied on my wrestling too much and didn’t trust my hands. I zoned out and didn’t even listen to my corner yelling the proper instructions. The second round I became predictable, but not fatigued and Amir didn’t fear being slammed. I still don’t agree with the referee’s decision to stop the bout, but he’s not the one that knocked me down. I wasn’t out and should have improved on the single-leg, but it damn sure hurt like a bitch when I got to the house later! Most people expected me to go in there and cry about the ref, but that’s not going to get me anywhere. I got right back in the gym as soon as I healed up and worked on my hands to build that confidence. I must also say that I wanted to fight the entire line up from the #1 pick down — I chose Amir because he was picked second. I never underestimated him or thought he was an easy fight.

I can’t lie — it was hard to walk around the house and look at him. Sometimes I wanted to push him down the stairs, or punch him in the face while he was asleep, but then I would have gotten sent home. So, I chose to sit back, heal up, and figure out how to make something positive out of this negative situation. Well, that’s about it for today — but it ain’t over. I appreciate y’all coming in here and reading these blogs and also taking the time to post comments. I’ll take it all, so don’t hold back. I have learned from this experience and I take advice well, but not direction. I honor your opinion, but at the same time there are some ignorant people out there : ) Please continue to stop in because I’ll post every Thursday morning. See ya next week!

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tufguy- May 26, 2008 at 8:35 pm
you fought well and you were dominating until he caught you with the knee. Your wrestling is great, and although you said in the interview before the fight, that you were confident in your standup, your action in the octagon seemed to show otherwise. I am not putting you down Harris, you are a class act and I wish nothing bu the best for you. If you work more on your stand up, until the point you are fully confident with it in the octagon, your ability to shoot will only come through more.
Duck- May 17, 2008 at 6:36 pm
I think the only option was to pull guard? U can't do much from a single leg.
Maimonides- May 17, 2008 at 3:20 pm
I disagree, if you read his early blogs he said that he was teaching and fighting during the IFL bouts. After the losses he moved to Oregon to train full time with Team Quest. If he would have won this fight, you wouldn't say that, but since he got beat everyone just turned on him. No one was saying anything bad before the loss - why all the hate now.
Improve your position!- May 17, 2008 at 10:05 am
The thing to learn is that if the Ref tells you to improve your position, DO IT!
Maimonides- May 16, 2008 at 6:26 am
I've got absolutely nothing against Gerald Harris, but let's get real here: 0-2 in the IFL, then he gets TKO'd by some dude who had NEVER fought MMA professionally before entering the house? He also got TKO'd be Benji Radach in the IFL. BENJI RADACH! Seems to me as if Gerald Harris' striking defense has more holes in it than a Texas oilfield.

I wish Gerald well, I suppose, but at this point in time he's WEC material, if even that.
The Survivalist- May 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm
That was the best TUF fight this season. Very active, you both looked pro! Amir was impressive!
Keep Plugging- May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm
You showed you had heart and alot of fight.. amir was just tough and unfortunate he got great timing on you with your head down. You cant feel bad about how you fought and even Dana said you have some vicious slams. Keep training and learn from this loss just like every other fighter does and come back even stronger the next time.

Remember you always learn more from your mistakes than from your success. I think you have a ton of potential and belong in that ring with the other top guys.
Quote- May 15, 2008 at 2:54 pm
While being on the show was the greatest opportunity I’ve had in my fight career, I would have to say the one thing I didn’t care for was becoming friends with someone, and then fighting them. Gerald, kinda picking up on this, and having the sense of humor that he does, was quick to mess with me afterwards. He twisted his ankle in the fight, and was limping a bit, so I offered to get him a bag of ice. His reply was quick, “Don’t try to help me NOW …” After I realized he was not serious, I thought that was really funny."
AS- May 15, 2008 at 2:44 pm
While being on the show was the greatest opportunity I’ve had in my fight career, I would have to say the one thing I didn’t care for was becoming friends with someone, and then fighting them. Gerald, kinda picking up on this, and having the sense of humor that he does, was quick to mess with me afterwards. He twisted his ankle in the fight, and was limping a bit, so I offered to get him a bag of ice. His reply was quick, “Don’t try to help me NOW …” After I realized he was not serious, I thought that was really funny."
AS- May 15, 2008 at 2:37 pm
What they didn’t show was Gerald come into our locker room after the fight, and tell me he was sorry for being upset and good luck in the tournament. Editing is the all powerful force on the show, but I don’t want anyone to think of Gerald as anything but completely professional and a great person, with a great future. None of us like to lose, and in this pressure-filled situation, especially, it’s easy to be overcome with the emotion of the moment.
Harris- May 15, 2008 at 2:34 pm
Was up, man 30 comments - that's pretty cool. This will be my only user post in here, but I have to just say thanx for the comments - except for a couple :-) If some of you don't know my background I stand up comedy for a while, so for me to say I wanted to punch him in his sleep is a joke - you know sarcasm. Also, a lot of the bad post are restating things I said in the blog - I never said he got lucky and even though I didn't agree with the stoppage, I didn't deny it. It was my fault.

Well, I gotta go - sorry I didn't comment on the second fight - I do think Schultz was wrong for saying something to Forrest like that - it got real quiet. Especially when Forrest is the 1st Ultimate Fighter. It could have went a third round, but the way Cale dominated the 2nd, It overshadowed the whole fight. If the rounds were switched around it would have been 3, but Cale won the entire 2nd round, so I think they called it 29-28 or even one judge had Cale by like 4 points?

I understand what you mean by picking yourself back up and getting back in the gym, but this is a different situation. I'm waiting on another man to get injured or his chance taken away to get mine back.

Gotta go, see yall next week.

If you have the time stop by the TUF website and hit up the forums
Turd Ferguson- May 15, 2008 at 4:35 am
Well i was informed from a buddy of mine that there was some trash talk thrown my way... After reading what I said I have to agree it wasn't what I really wanted to say.

I was tired and I blame it on that.

ok, here is what my main point was. Harris did not impress me much during his fight. He had good slams, but then again he is a wrestler. I was not impressed by his ground game and he never had Amir in danger in the fight. If Amir was a more experienced fighter he would have subbed him in the 1st round.

My hat is off to any guys who get in that ring and do what they do. Vrax you can suck my balls :-D

I think the MMA world is slowly but surely coming to a caveman mentality. "I just wanted to punch him in the face and cry because I lost a fight" or "I just like to hurt people and this is legal" People who say that shit are pure D-bags and don't need to be in the sport.

I understand its heartbreaking if you lose... I mean i've failed at life for the better part of it and I know what failure is. You just have to pick yourself back up and get back in the gym... or whatever you do. It's life, not everyone gets a trophy and a hand job after a victory.
Northern VA- May 15, 2008 at 3:18 am
You fought like a champ man. I know Amir but I can't take anything away from you, I was not only impressed by your skill I was amazed. You have a long long future ahead of you. My hats off to you.
Aryan- May 15, 2008 at 12:05 am
well said johnnynormal
lolwut- May 14, 2008 at 10:48 pm
good fight, good slams.
Magicmatt- May 14, 2008 at 8:22 pm
I hate the internet sometimes. Its way too easy to bash people and see no repercussions. There is no way any of you would be talking crap the man's face.

Anyways, i was really pulling for you, I hope you get back in the tourney somehow.
walrus- May 14, 2008 at 7:49 pm
Gerald and Amir are both great guys. Gerald of course was more likely to win; but he simply underestimated Amir.

I do like how modest Amir was after the fight.

As for Shultz and Cale -- I wanted Shultz to win. But if knocking out with a punch is the only way your expecting to win, the odds are against you. Seriously, if Shultz would have thought to tackle him at all during the match -- he may have won. It was apparent that Cale came to that idea quite faster.
sol- May 14, 2008 at 7:40 pm
First fight opinion, I honestly think Gerald Harris showed good hands and looked like he actually hurt Amir a little, it wouldn't have been too crazy an option to keep it standing at a distance. Everytime they were standing Gerald seemed to have the edge. He got caught everytime Amir scrambled.

Second fight, I dont know, personally i found it ridiculous because it seemed like they were trying to go for the 1-shot victory with every punch/kick and it seemed like there was zero technique behind it all. Schulz is a loser anyway, mouthing off even after Forrest said they would go to a third.

With regard to the punching in the face thing, everyone has feelings like this, you guys are flaming because he actually said it out loud?
rwhit- May 14, 2008 at 7:16 pm
Right over their heads.
Anonymous- May 14, 2008 at 7:03 pm
Sarcasm? Like when i say im hungry enough to eat an entire cow. I dont expect people like you to lecture me about gluttony and how there are starving people in the world who need that cow meat. Relax bud
Anonymous- May 14, 2008 at 7:01 pm
Pretty sure he was joking around
johnnynormal- May 14, 2008 at 5:47 pm
I gotta say, the way you put it Gerald... "I wanted to push him down the stairs, or punch him in the face while he was asleep, but then I would have gotten sent home." I lost all respect I might have had for you. Getting sent home was the only thing that kept you from punching a man in the face, while he was asleep? C'mon, man.

We understand you're upset about it, but seriously, there's better ways to describe you're anger to your fanbase... even if that's what you wanted to do (which I can't believe it was), you don't tell people that. Just "punch him in the face" woulda been fine, "repeatedly" even, anyone could understand that, leave off the "while he's asleep" part next time.
Aryan- May 14, 2008 at 5:31 pm
BIG CHRIS I said 15 pounds of muscle over him. There's no doubt that Gerald is much more muscular than Amir. How do you explain the size difference? They're both the same height but Gerald is much more muscular I dont get it. Something is not right
Abidon- May 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm
At least you turned up to the fight, not everyone in the house did that! You got caught, everybody does sometimes...

I thought it would all end soon when you powered through him for that first take down, you landed some good shots, but Amir defended well though. I really liked the slams you did , especially the first one, that was one of the coolest things I've seen on this season so far!

Thanks for writing for CP and sharing your experience with us!

Hope to see you back in the octagon or another ring soon Gerald
BIG CHRIS- May 14, 2008 at 4:54 pm
Good Point Reality....I read Amir Sadollah's blog and he said that they edited out the part after the show where Gerald went into his locker room and congradulated him on the victory and said there were no hard feelings and stuff....basically he showed a lot of class after the fight but they didn't show that on Spike they just showed the angry stuff....I like Gerald Harris he is a workhorse and i wish him luck in the UFC...

Faryan- they both weighed in for this fight so what are you talking about, if he was 15 pounds heavier he wouldn't have been allowed in the cage....
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