In a move that surprised many and angered some, middleweight fighter Gerald Harris was cut from the UFC recently following his first loss in four bouts with the promotion; he fell to Octagon newcomer Maiquel Falcao via unanimous decision. Chalking it up to a poor performance on his own part, Harris has vowed to make his way back into the UFC by fighting in other promotions.
There are myriad MMA promotions currently active and a talented fighter like Harris should be able to make his way into any of them without much fuss. However, according to a recent discussion between Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani during The MMA Hour, there is currently no room on the Strikeforce (America’s second largest MMA promotion) roster for Harris.
“I talked to my guys about it, actually, they talked to me about it,” Coker said when asked if he was interested in acquiring Harris’ services. “I watched the fight [against Falcao], I didn’t know how to judge it. Then they told me about his background and his past and things you are telling me now, that this guy is a tremendous athlete (who) has a ton of potential and just had bad showing or fought very cautious to try and win the fight.”
Though Coker and his team respect Harris’ talents and record, he explained that the current plan for Strikeforce’s middleweight division does not include hiring any more fighters.
“The only thing right now is we are really committed to the fighters we have under contract now and I want to make sure these guys get in the mix two or three next year,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we can’t revisit with him, but for right now, I would say that I want to take care of the roster we currently have.”
Harris holds an overall record of 17-3, and earned Knockout of the Night honors twice while under contract with the UFC.