Main Card | Middleweight · 185 lbs | MMA
Maiquel Falcão defeats Gerald Harris via 3 Round Decision
|25-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||17-2-0||Climbed to 26-3||Record After Fight||Fell to 17-3|
|+220 (Moderate Underdog)||Betting Odds||-270 (Moderate Favorite)|
|Pararai, Brazil||Fighting out of||Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|29 years, 8 months, 5 days||Age at Fight||31 years, 1 day|
|185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs)|
|5'10" (179cm)||Height||5'11" (181cm)|
|69.0" (175cm)||Reach||77.5" (197cm)|
|Gym||Ghost Dog Boxing|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
- Date: Saturday 11.20.2010 at 10:00 PM ET
- Referee: Dan Miragliotta
- Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 9 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Harris Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Falcão Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
Harris vs. Falcão Wiki Update Wiki
UFC newcomer Maiquel "Big Rig" Falcao dominated rising prospect Gerald Harris over the first ten minutes of their UFC 123 clash on November 20, 2010, then coasted to an easy decision for the remaining five to frustrate fans in attendance and the UFC brass. Were it not for his choice to disengage the final round, it would have been a major coming out party for the Brazilian native, who showed tremendous agility, power and poise in dismantling Harris, a touted young fighter and the oddsmakers favorite coming in.
The better part of the first round was spent in a feeling out process. Harris, in his signature style, slung his hands low and lay back, torso angled off to the left, looking to dash in and out with power strikes. Falcao, for his part, cocked his hands and declined to throw for the bout's initial minutes, edging in slowly on Harris, coiled and ready to strike. Announcers Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg immediately noted the patience and the calm displayed by Falcao, who looked like he had been in the Octagon many times before.
When Falcao finally opted to begin his assault, it came powerfully. His first strike, a powerful right body kick, lashed in on Harris's midsection near the 2:15 mark. At the 1:30 mark Falcao attacked again, this time with a series of powerful inside combinations punctuated by a heavy knee to the midsection that dropped Harris to the fencing. Harris was suddenly in serious trouble, with Falcao calmly controlling from top position and dropping heavy elbows and fists on Harris. As the round neared its close Falcao took Harris's back and sunk in a deep Rear Naked Choke that would certainly have ended the fight were it not called off by the final bell. Referee Dan Miragliotta had to help un-cinch the choke and pull Falcao off of a dazed and beaten Harris to end the frame. Falcao calmly returned to his corner while Harris remained momentarily on his hands and knees.
As the second period began Harris had still not regained his faculties, and "Big Rig" swept in to continue roughing him up with heavy shots to the body and head. By midway through the stanza Falcao had his back again, and it was all Harris could do to simply remain in the fight and ward off the choke attempts. Late in the round, however, Harris showed his fortitude through the most trouble he had encountered in his UFC career, working back up to the feet and desperately throwing overhands to back Falcao off of him and remain for one more round.
The buzz Falcao had generated for himself in two precision rounds of destruction quickly dissipated in the third, when he opted to back off and coast out the round en route to a clear decision. Harris, for his part, failed to show a sense of desperation in the last stanza, throwing little and appearing somewhat shell shocked from the earlier onslaught. As UFC President Dana White later said, he was angered by Falcao's final round and gave Falcao and his corner a talking-to at the end of the night, though Falcao's corner had instructed him to continue attacking and never suggested that he play it safe. "This is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, not the Ultimate Staring Contest," White explained, frustrated that a potential new star in Falcao had undermined himself with a lackluster end to a beautiful fight. As is stood, however, the decision was an easy and unanimous upset win for the Brazilian newcomer in an overdue UFC debut after six years as a professional fighter.