UFC 123: Gerald Harris Vs. Maiquel Falcao

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Harris carries a six inch reach advantage into this bout against Octagon newcomer Maiquel “Big Rig” Falcao. Dan Miragliotta will officiate the fight.

Round 1: Hrris in the Southpaw stance. Harris whiffs on a huge overhand left. Falcao looking measured and calm. Harris lands a slick jab. Another, his left hand hanging low. The crowd boos and Miragliotta urges the fighters to engage. Falcao has not yet looked to engage Harris. He opens up with a quick body kick that lands on Harris’ midsection. Harris misses on a one-two. Falcao rushes in with a flurry of blows that catches Harris off balance. He forces Harris to the mat against the cage and unleashes with ground and pound. He is sitting in Harris’ half guard and firing away. He’s ooking for the rear naked choke as Harris attempts a takedown of his own. Harris gets him down but Falcao takes Harris’ back, he sinks a rear naked choke but Harris holds on until the bell. Falcao holds the choke for a bit longer than the bell but nothing comes of it.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Falcao

Round 2: Falcao lands immediately with a nice straight right that buckles Harris. Harris gets up and fires back but Falcao puts him right back down. Falaco takes his back with both hooks in. Falcao is grinding Harris’ face while looking for the choke. Now Falcao is bombing away from the back. Harris reverses it and looks for a takedown against the fence. Falcao reverses again and gets double underhooks. They separate, Harris looking beaten down. Harris shoots half-heartedly and Falcao sprawls. Harris tries to follow through and they hit the fence, Harris working away. Harris dumps Falcao but the Brazilian hops immediately back to his feet. He lands a body kick. A head kick lands for Falcao. Harris shoots immediately and Falcao avoids easily. Harris is holding on to Falcao’s legs for dear life it seems, getting mostly nowhere. Falcao pecks away with punches and elbows. Falcao gets to his feet.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Falcao

Round 3: Harris needs to finish the fight in this round if he is to win it at all. He lands a jab. Falcao with a leg kick that misses. They are taking their time to engage, feeling each other out still. Miragliotta urges them to fight, “It’s the last round!” Falcao hanging back while Harris tries with mostly ineffective strikes. Harris tries to counter on a Falcao leg kick but whiffs completely. Harris trying to land, Falcao looking content to ride out the victory. The crowd is very restless. Falcao sprawls out of a Harris takedown and they continue on with the inaction. Falcao misses on a head kick. Falcao with a few punches at the bell. The crowd rains down the boos.

Fightline.com scores the round 10-10 for Falcao

Maiquel Falcao defeated Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

The crowd continues the boos, no interview is given.

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