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Gerald Harris (born November 19, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist and former stand-up comedian. He was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 7 and had several fights in the UFC before being released from the promotion.


Mixed martial arts

Harris stumbled into mixed martial arts by accident after a friend convinced him to do for fun and with Harris needing money, he agreed. He took an exhibition fight for $200, with the money he bought a "ragged Mustang to get around town." He beat his opponent so badly that he was invited to join the tournament and thus his professional fighting career began in August 2006. Harris won his first five matches before losing a controversial split decision to Fabio Leopoldo in his International Fight League debut.

After being on The Ultimate Fighter, Gerald went to train with Rampage Jackson for five weeks in Liverpool, England, and was very close to signing with Bellator Fighting Championships and taking part in their first season middleweight tournament.

When Gerald fell into financial problems, he was forced to move with his mother to Arizona, resulting in Gerald asking to be cut from his fight team, Team Quest. In Arizona he began training with C.B. Dollaway, Jamie Varner and Ryan Bader at Arizona Combat Sports.[1] He left the team not long after starting and moved to Denver, Colorado to train with Trevor Wittman at the Grudge Training Center.


The Ultimate Fighter

Harris was on the Spike TV reality show The Ultimate Fighter as a member of Team Rampage. He got on the show by defeating Mike Madallo [2] but lost in the second round to Amir Sadollah, who was the eventual winner of that season.


Ultimate Fighting Championship

Harris was signed to the UFC after calling into MMA Junkie Radio with the special guest being President of the UFC, Dana White. Harris called the show, changing his voice, and began praising himself in the third person. Finally, Harris came out and identified himself, then he informed White of his desire to fight for the promotion and told him of his current winning streak. White congratulated Harris and told him to call the office for a talk, the talk entailed getting Harris signed to a four fight deal with the UFC.

He was set to make his debut for the UFC against Mike Massenzio on January 11, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 20, replacing an injured Tim Credeur.[3] Instead he fought John Salter, who stepped in for the injured Massenzio.[4] He would later go on to defeat Salter by TKO in the third round and win Knockout of the Night.

In his second appearance in the UFC, he fought on the UFC Fight Night 21 card against recent signing Mario Miranda. The fight took place March 31, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Harris won the fight by TKO due to punches in the first round.[5]

Harris next faced Renzo Gracie BJJ black belt, David Branch, on the under card of UFC 116. Harris won via knockout after a brutal slam at 3:25 of the third round. The knockout was awarded "Knockout of the Night," giving Harris his second post fight bonus and an extra $75,000 to his pay.[6] The knockout was also shown on numerous sport's highlight shows, including ESPN's Sportscenter.

Harris was expected to face Alessio Sakara on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118, replacing an injured Jorge Rivera.[7] However, Sakara was also forced off the card with an injury and replaced by Joe Vedepo.[8] Then on August 18, it was announced that the Harris/Vedepo bout had been scrapped from the card.[9] Harris was brought in as an alternative for the week of the event, and was given a fight purse for dieting, training and flying out to Boston.[10]

Once again, Harris faced a UFC newcomer in Maiquel Falcão on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123[11] Harris lost the fight via unanimous decision and, in a surprising move to many observers, was subsequently released by the promotion