How far can one simple message on Twitter go?
Andre Harrison hopes all the way to the UFC.
Harrison, an unbeaten featherweight and a reigning Ring of Combat champion, recently sent out a tweet to UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby asking to be included on an upcoming card. Harrison, who trains out of Bellmore Kickboxing, is 7-0 as a pro after going 4-0 as an amateur.
“I just want them to know they have a committed athlete here and I’m ready to go whenever there ready to call,” Harrison told FightLine in a recent interview. “I would love to get on the December 6 UFC card in Vegas. That would be ideal for me, and in 2015 I would like to start showing everyone how hard I work.”
— Andre Harrison (@Drethebull) October 18, 2014
Harrison’s Long Island, New York roots have helped him develop working relationships with the crew at Serra-Longo, which includes current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, former Ultimate Fighter runner-up Al Iaquinta and rising prospect Aljamain Sterling.
After winning the Ring of Combat featherweight title in 2013, Harrison suffered a torn bicep during training. He underwent surgery, but only was cleared to return to action in September. At ROC 49, he earned a split decision over Jeff Lentz.
“I’ve just been in the gym, working to improve on my overall game (since the fight),” he said. “I really enjoy learning new things that can help me.”
With the UFC on his mind, Harrison isn’t just thinking about becoming an active member of the roster. No, he wants more.
“The goal is not just to make it to the UFC, but to win gold,” Harrison said. “I really do believe I have the tools and skills set to do that. I just need the right opportunity.
“I have no regrets; you learn and benefit from everything. Life is a teacher, everything that has happened to me was meant to happen, even the torn bicep.”
Harrison has continued to make requests through social media for a spot in the UFC, and you can follow him on Twitter.
— Andre Harrison (@Drethebull) October 21, 2014
— Andre Harrison (@Drethebull) October 23, 2014
UPDATE: Harrison has signed a contract with Titan FC. The promotion allows fighters to leave their deals and fight in the UFC if a contract is offered by the promotion.