UFC 123: What Gerald Harris Must Do to Defeat Maiquel Falcao
Gerald Harris has made a nice career in MMA. He has a very good record of 16-2 and has started to move up, both on the fight card and in competition. He signed with UFC early in 2010 and has fought four times this year, including once on PPV at UFC 116. At UFC 123 on Saturday, he will take on Maiquel Falcao in a middleweight fight.
In order for Harris to be successful in this fight he will have to avoid Falcao's striking, which is his opponent's biggest asset. Falcao has won seven fights in a row, with all but one by KO or TKO in the first round. This will be Falcao's UFC debut, and he will undoubtedly look to make his mark in his first fight.
Harris has superior wrestling ability and more stamina than his opponent. Falcao has never had a fight go into the third round and hasn't had a fight go into the second round in over two years.
The key for Harris will be avoiding the initial attack that Falcao is going to bring at him right out of the gate. Then he will need to use his decent striking game and good wrestling skills to wear down Falcao. In doing so, he will be able to take Falcao off his feet and get him to the mat.
If Harris is able to do that he can use a submission game or ground-and-pound—both of which have worked well in the past—to get the victory and continue his steady climb up the middleweight class.