On a preliminary fight card that was littered with decisions, Gerald Harris stood alone in the spotlight with his brutal knockout of David Branch on the untelevised portion of the UFC 116 fight card on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Jon Madsen and Daniel Roberts both won decisions in each of the first two fights on the card, predominately due to their wrestling takedowns and superior positioning, controlling their respective opponents, Karlos Vemola and Forrest Petz.
Kendall Grove also earned the nod from the judges in his bout, demoted from the Spike TV telecast, by outstriking Goran Reljic on the feet and off of his back on the ground.
But it was Harris that earned the early honors for his performance. He and Branch battled back and forth for 12-and-a-half minutes, neither gaining a huge advantage. Just as Branch seemed to get some momentum by landing a jumping knee, Harris dropped down, scooped him up, and drove him nearly through the mat.
Branch went unconscious from the brutal impact. Harris had every opportunity to throw one last punch to his sleeping foe, but showed his sportsmanship by holding up and allowing the referee to step in and call a halt to the fight.
PRELIMINARY BOUTS (Non-Televised):
-Kendall Grove def. Goran Reljic by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28), R3
-Gerald Harris def. David Branch by KO (Slam) at 2:35, R3
-Daniel Roberts def. Forrest Petz by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3