Sooner or Later They Gonna Cut You DownPosted on November 24, 2010, 08:16 AM by Anton Gurevich
I have to admit that Gerald Harris's release from the UFC caught me off guard. "The Hurricane" was one of the most promising Middleweights, TKO'ing his way to the main card of UFC 123 in Detroit, Michigan. In fact, Harris got two Knockout of the Night bonuses from the UFC, one of them for viciously slamming Dave Branch at UFC 116.
Obviously, he's a not a grinder who uses so-called "lay and pray" techniques to squeeze out a decision. I'm not trying to make excuses for Harris, but it looks like his performance against Falcao was more of a gameplan mistake. Also, it was Gerald Harris's PPV and Main Card debut, so we can add a psychological pressure for this equation. It takes two for tango. Maiquel Falcao can be easily blamed for the horrendous third round, just like Gerald Harris. It's the same thing that went in Frank Mir's fight against Mirko Cro Cop. Yes, it was bad, but Frank Mir was not the only man inside the Octagon that night. He did what was expected from him - and knocked out Mirko Cro Cop. Even the fact that it was the only KO at UFC 119 didn't earn Frank Mir a bonus.
I'll quote Marloes Coenen on what she said about Gegard Mousasi's defeat against King Mo (LowKick.com Exclusive Interview): "I know he lost to King Mo (who is an incredible fighter). But I have info that not everybody knows and therefore I consider Gegard the best in the world". It's just a small example for a very simple fact; We don't know about everything what's going on in the camp, private life and mind of a fighter in prior to the fight.
Everyone has bad performances in his career. From Fedor Emelianenko to Gerald Harris. That's why Harris's cut from he UFC is nothing but ridiculous. Perhaps, there's more of a story on this one, but again I'll say, releasing a fighter like Gerald Harris after one bad performance is a pure absurd.
There's obviously a problem in MMA with lackluster fights. But it's a sport, and as long as a fighter is not cheating his way to victory - everything is okay in my book. If it's according the rules, don't blame the fighter, blame the rules. More than this, in some cases the fear from getting cut may be one of the things that drive fighters to play it safe. You don't treat a headache by simply cutting off the head.
Gerald Harris joins Patrick Cote (4-7 in the UFC), Seth Petruzelli (0-4), Efrain Escudero (3-2), Todd Duffee (1-1) and Goran Reljic (1-3) in an ongoing list of fighters cut by the UFC this year.
I would suggest listening to our interview with MMAFA's Rob Maysey, who has very interesting opinions on some of the UFC's policies. The decision to cut Gerald Harris is just one of these times when we wished there was a strong MMA Fighters Association.
Dana White talks about the issue to MMA Fighting:
"It’s a dog-eat-dog world, there’s so many good guys out there, you’re literally fighting for your UFC life every time you fight."
"It’s no different than any other professional sports organization, it’s exactly the way it works. You want to stay at the top of the food chain, you deal with it. If you don’t, you won’t. You know how many guys get cut by the NFL and Major League Baseball every day? It’s crazy, staggering. Same thing here, no difference."
"This isn’t the f*cking Ultimate Staring Competition, it’s the ."
"Listen, these are the big leagues, no different than Major League Baseball, no different than the NFL, you perform or you go away."