In one fatal swoop, Gerald “Hurricane” Harris has been cut by the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. The promising middleweight was released following his disappointing unanimous decision loss to Maiquel Falcao at UFC 123 on Saturday.
MMA’s baddest artist and TapouT Radio co-host Evan Shoman reported the disappointing news late Tuesday evening.
Harris was a heavy 3-to-1 favorite to beat the Octagon rookie inside The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. Courtesy of the UFC’s clock on crack, Harris controversially escaped a 1stRound submission loss.
There’s obviously never a good time to get fired, but Harris was handed his walking papers just four days after his 31st birthday and 48 hours before Thanksgiving. Not exactly the ideal way to kick-off the Holiday Season.
Harris may have given himself the kiss of death when he spoke with MMAJunkie.com just yesterday regarding the security behind his employment status.
“I’ll tell you right now in all honestly, with the way the UFC has the roster so thick, I’m truly blessed not to be in trouble after that (fight),” he stated. “I’m just happy that I learned something and I have another chance to prove myself.”
Oddly, his prior accomplishments weren’t enough to warrant another Octagon foray. Harris holds an impressive 17-3 resume and has finished 15 of his victims before the final horns have sounded. He exits the UFC with a 3-1 mark, with two of his victories resulting in “Knockout of the Night” bonuses.
Harris had won 10 straight prior to Saturday’s loss.
(UPDATE 6:47 PM PT 11/23/2010)
Hurricane confirmed his release via Twitter late Tuesday night:
“Yes it’s true I have been released from the UFC. Thanks for the support, it was great, & I’ll keep my head up.”