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The UFC Patty Hearst’d Gerald Harris

("It’s not you, UFC, it’s me. It’s all my fault. I’m ugly and useless and deserve to be hit until it sinks in.")

You would think that seeing the MMA world in an uproar over your questionable firing for one somewhat uninspired performance would provoke you to speak out about your feelings on the matter.

Either Gerald Harris is angling for a quick return to the Octagon or the former UFC middleweight is suffering from a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome.

Whatever the reason, the former CagePotato TUF 7 blogger seems to have accepted his undeserved firing and has shouldered the brunt of the blame for the UFC’s decision to let him go.

"I messed up. I had the biggest opportunity in the world, and I didn’t seize the day. I didn’t take advantage of the situation I was in. I don’t feel sorry for myself in a sense of being cut. I’m more disappointed with my performance than anything. That’s what hurts me the most. I didn’t show enough initiative to win the fight," Harris told MMAJunkie. "If it was a [preliminary-card] fight, I probably wouldn’t be in that much trouble, but they gave me the opportunity of a lifetime (on pay-per-view), and I blew it. I really blew it. I have nothing to blame it on. I’m not blaming it on the choke. I had a great training camp. Everything was great other than the fight. I have no excuses, none at all."

"I don’t want to use the words ‘reality check’ or ‘wake-up call,’ but they didn’t make an example out of me. They set the standard for fighters. They’ve made it clear that they’re not going to accept that type of performance. I don’t care who you are; they don’t accept that kind of performance on the big stage. I’m glad that Dana didn’t say, ‘You will never fight in the UFC again.’ He said, ‘You looked like shit and you need to go home and think about it.’ They just don’t have time for performances like that," Harris said. " It wasn’t personal. It was just a business decision. I can’t disagree with a business decision when there’s money involved. We’re paid to perform, and I did not perform on that night."

Not wanting to kick up a lot of dust over the issue, "Hurricane" is giving fair warning that he will likely be banned by us in the near future for breaking one of our basic rules by saying that he will be a "completely different fighter in his next fight."

"I know what I have to do. I promise you this: The next time you see me fight, you’re going to see a different person. I consider being cut a negative thing, but I’m going to try and make it a positive," Harris explained. "This can give me an opportunity to fight in my hometown. This can give me the opportunity to make the changes I need to become a champion."

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Smitty- November 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm
@ RwilsonR
Best comment by far.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Maybe he can work on his Roy Jones Jr. stance while he's at it.
RwilsonR- November 30, 2010 at 8:50 am
I felt really bad for Harris, and this was one firing that I thought was completely uncalled for. That being said, Harris is handling this the way he is supposed to. My boss has been wrong plenty of times, but I don't go out telling the whole office what an asshole he is, and how he treats me like shit. I just smile, say 'yes sir', and then find an appropriate moment to prove to him that I was right all along by working hard (or pretending to work hard while listening to Bum Rush). That is the way the world works. You don't rush out and complain about your boss and your company and then hope they hire you back. Guys like Roger Huerta could learn a lot from Harris. He seems like a good guy, and I hope he doesn't get tangled up in a Strikeforce contract. Take one smaler show fight, and hopefully he will be right back in the UFC.
Titos Head- November 30, 2010 at 7:57 am
Hes from my hometown. When you talk to him he is a VERY humble guy. It cool to see him taking this as a "wake up call." Im sure he will be back in the UFC soon. He just needs to get his game together.
DaltonSwayze- November 30, 2010 at 6:09 am
Do you think that slam KO of Branch wasn't that great to being with, and Branch deserved most of the credit for it? Since when does anyone hang on like that when they're obviously being slammed? Everyone just steps out of it. If Harris wasn't fighting Apollo Creed in an alternate reality where he's an accountant, that slam never happens and no one cares about his firing.
C-Bus Allstar- November 30, 2010 at 5:40 am
Flash KO's are a helluva drug.

KarmaAteMyCat- November 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm
Exciting fighter with an attitude that I hope is shown in the future. I hope to see him again soon.
Sudos KFC- November 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm
He has alot of very explosive, fast twitch quotes. Real athletic interview, that Gerald Harris.
El Guapo- November 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm
He's so well spoken for a blaaahhhhhhnd wasn't he pretty f'kn close to getting choked out?!? I thought so. Might have something to with him sleepwalking thru those last two rounds. Or not. Maybe it's cause he's blaaaaa-oring. Boring! Or maybe the Mounty Killer's on to something and he got clocked.

But he is a pretty standup guy for not making any excuses.Could've blamed it on conspiracy theories, race card, Dana Fuckin White, five minute-four second rounds, undisclosed pre-existing injury, tuna(the fish), Tater Nation. You name it he coulda pulled it, like many a fighter/athlete/person has done/would have done. And I'm blown off some bomb ass herb. Damn
jimbonics- November 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm
He's so well spoken.
JaredB- November 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm
Morningwood is referring to the parts of Harris's fights that weren't the finishes. Yes, he slammed Dave Branch through the ring, had that not happen, that fight would be remembered as what it was...shittier than the Falcao debacle.
cecils_pupils- November 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm
I see what ya did there, GetOffMe. Well played, well played. ;)
rockhuddy- November 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm
Great attitude, very classy. I think a demotion back to the prelims might have been a better choice, but it was obvious in the third round that he'd basically quit.
Lysol- November 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm
Let's overstate the obvious: Strikeforce will ignore the shit out of Harris, because signing him makes way too much sense.
Mike Russell- November 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm
Two KOTN bonuses prove he had something going for him.In the Junkie article he also said that Falcao had him stunned and the rest of the fight was a bit of a blur. Flash KOs are a helluva  drug.
Crusader86- November 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm
@Get Off Me
I wish more fighters thought like Gerald. I look forward to seeing him fight again.

Indeed. It sucks, but I think he's a decent fighter and has good attitude. Be cool to be see him around again.
Get Off Me- November 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm
I wish more fighters thought like Gerald. I look forward to seeing him fight again.

@cecils pupils
To be fair, the slam came late in that fight, but we all know your know good with rounds.
The big difference I saw between Harris in his first fight and his loss was his wiil to was not there in the third round, just like Florian against Maynard.
Gladheateher- November 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm
Dana didn't say, 'You will never fight in the UFC again.' He said, 'You looked like shit and you need to go home and think about it.' They just don't have time for performances like that," Harris said.

You know sometimes fighters get outclassed. Falcoa is probably the real deal. 50% of the fighters lose, lol this kind of thing happens.

Its sad the UFC can just drop a guy so easily. There's going to come a time where the UFC fucks up playing god with these fighters lives. In the future theres a possibility the fighters could decide to revolt and form a fighters union. All the top billed sports organizations have them.
cecils_pupils- November 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm
^^^ so slamming someone's head through the canvas to a KO isn't exciting to you?
Morningwood- November 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm
harris was boring in each of his fights, not just his last one. He's right, on the under cards it wasn't as noticable. But, on the main card you can't lay back unless your name is Silva or Pierre.