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UFC releases Harris following UFC 123 loss

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Sherdog.com with the news:

Gerald Harris lost one fight, and now he's out of a job.

On Nov. 20, Harris dropped a unanimous decision to Chute Boxe product Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves at UFC 123 in suburban Detroit. On Tuesday, the promotion informed Harris that he had been released. Sherdog confirmed the news with Harris via text message on Tuesday evening.

Prior to his defeat to Falcao, Harris was 3-0 in the UFC and had earned "Knockout of the Night" bonuses in two of his three bouts with the promotion. His most recent outing, a third-round TKO over Dave Branch, ended in a spectacular slam that relieved Branch of his consciousness and earned the powerful Harris an extra $75,000.

Though Harris confirmed his release from the UFC, he declined to comment when asked about his feelings on the matter.

This is interesting because this was Harris' first loss in the promotion and he was cut. Obviously we know he did not fight well whatsoever, but it begs this question: Was Harris a victim of a the UFC/WEC merger and Zuffa trimming down its roster? Or did Harris so greatly offend UFC brass with his performance that they felt the need to let him go?

Either way, whatever answer eventually comes out will be interesting. It should be noted, however, that welterweight Matt Brown was not released despite suffering his third straight loss Saturday night, so make of that what you will.

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