In an unexpected turn of events Gerald Harris has been cut from the UFC’s roster following his decision loss to Maiquel Falcao on Saturday night at UFC 123.
The fight was certainly far from his best performance with both men reluctant to exchange for much of the three rounds, but still, with an overall record of 3-1 in the UFC including two ‘Knockout Of The Night’ bonuses, his job appeared safe for the time being.
Apparently that’s not the case though, and Harris has confirmed that he’s no longer employed by the promotion, though he’s declined to say why.
Dana White was undoubtedly upset by both fighters performances on the night. At the post-fight press conference he stated that he’d give Falcao another chance since this had been his promotional debut, but he made no mention of Harris.
He did however send a message about fighters who don’t fight at 100% inside the octagon.
“I’d rather have two guys in a dog fight and have a guy lose and keep him around than have a guy who’s in the Ultimate Staring Competition for five minutes. Nobody wants to see that [expletive].”
He has a point, but cutting a fighter who up until last weekend had been on a 10 fight winning streak on the strength of just one sub-par performance seems more than a little harsh.
Harris is not the only fighter to be made an example of recently though. For example promising heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee was released for speaking out of turn about the company, while TUF season 8 winner Efrain Escudero was also cut for what the promotion perceived as a poor attitude.
With the WEC’s roster about to merge with the UFC’s the competition for places is only going to get more fierce and fighter’s will now be coming to the realization that their jobs are on the line each and every time they step into the octagon.