Chute Boxe fighter Maiquel Falcao won his Octagon debut, but he didn’t exactly win over the fans of Detroit at UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida.
Following a slow start, Falcao stormed Geral Harris near the end of the opening round. He dropped Harris with knees to the body, followed him down, and unleashed a fury of ground and pound. Harries weathered that storm, then had Falcao on his back locking on a choke. He still managed to make it to the bell.
Falcao continued with his striking prowess in the first half of round two, both on the ground and on the feet. The pace slowed as the round went on, although Falcao landed a cracking head kick in the latter portion of the round, but Harris didn’t go down.
Falcao must have known he had the first two rounds in the bag, because he did nothing in round three, other than defend a couple Harris takedown attempts. Harris was exhausted at this point, just surviving the fight.
Fans were booing heavily by the final bell, but Falcao walked out of the Octagon with his first UFC victory, pushing his overall record to 26-3.