Former UFC fighter Gerald Harris has a new home – the middleweight contender will now be plying his trade in Japan after signing a multi-fight deal with DREAM.

Harris compiled a respectable 3-1 record in the UFC, and it was a surprise to some when he was cut after a solitary if admittedly lackluster loss to Maiquel Falcao at UFC 123 in November of last year.

‘Hurricane’ then went on to suffer a further loss against James Head (who has since signed with the UFC) back in Feburary, but bounced back with a victory over Anthony Ruiz at TPF9 in May.

With his overall MMA record standing at an impressive 18-4 Harris was looking to align himself with one of the sports major promotions, and he’s now done that by committing to the Japanese promotion.

It’s a risky move for The Ultimate Fighter season 7 competitor however with DREAM being in a precarious position financially at this time and with other fighters who’ve fought at their recent events complaining of not having been paid.

After a very quiet start to the year DREAM have began to start holding events again however and have plans to hold at least two more shows before the end of the year, so hopefully they are getting back on their feet again.

Harris himself certainly seems to believe that’s the case.

“For those of you who are worried, all the wrinkles have been ironed out and I’m in good hands! Regardless of the past or what you’ve heard,” he told fans on his Twitter account.

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