by Samantha L. Johnson – MMAWeekly.com
Gerald Harris has created an
unlikely, but highly entertaining, story for himself. After being cast on “The Ultimate Fighter Season 7,” Harris
beat Mike Madallo to get onto the show; however, he lost
to the eventual winner, Amir Sadollah. With a loss on the show, Harris was cut
from the UFC. He then went on to rack up six consecutive wins in an effort to
get back to the Octagon.
Harris was then made famous due
to his last-ditch attempt at gaining Dana White and the UFC’s attention. While
White was a guest on MMA Junkie Radio, Harris called in as a guest and pleaded
his case to the boss man. Taking into consideration Harris’ recent accolades,
White had a new contract for Harris drawn up for “The Hurricane.”
Now 2-0, both via TKO in the UFC,
Harris next faces Dave Branch, an undefeated Renzo
Gracie black belt. Most of
Branch’s fights have been on smaller, regional shows.
got no video, we ain’t got nothing,” said Harris. “I
just know he’s a Renzo guy, so I know what to expect. He can have a Renzo white
belt and he could hit you with a flying triangle. I’ve got a lot of respect for
With so much respect for the
Renzo Gracie camp, Harris knows he has to be weary of Branch’s ground game and
be cautious. However, while Harris may not be a Gracie black belt, he can hold
his own on the ground; six of his 15 wins are via submission.
The only video of Branch online
is a post-fight interview of his April 22 fight for Bellator. There are no training or fight videos from which Harris could get
a better idea of his opponent’s fighting style or techniques.
“It just reminds me of the old
days,” said Harris. “I was fighting guys with one day notice, 12-hour notice.
So I didn’t know anything back then, so it doesn’t bother me now.”
The 15-2 Harris has recently
joined the ranks at Grudge Training Center in Colorado where he prepared for
this camp. Training with top contenders like Nate Marquardt and Shane Carwin on
a daily basis, Harris constantly has challenging training partners that keep
him atop his game. In an effort to keep himself in
check, Harris never looks to the past to determine the future in his fight
“To me, every fight I’m 0-0,”
explained Harris. “After I fight, at the end of the night, I’m back to 0-0. I
love the past, I love the accomplishments, but I just have to stay focused. I
can rest on my laurels and be happy with what I did, but I’m just trying to do
more, stay hungry.”
L. Johnson is a freelance writer originally from Southeast Idaho, currently
living in Las Vegas, NV. Visit her website
for her ramblings of on living in the MMA Mecca.