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    The first 22 posts of this blog were pulled from Gerald's blog on TheMatForums from 10/31/2006 - 04/12/2007. Everything after the 22nd post will be made by him. Feel free to ask your questions and stay up to date with Gerald's professional fight career.

    Find him online at: http://geraldhurricaneharris.com/ for apparel & more information about him!


    Disclaimer

    -This blog is to provide information on my Mixed Martial Arts, Folkstyle,
    Freestyle, and possible Real Pro Wrestling career. I will not
    post information or respond to questions about teams that I work out
    with, individuals, or any specific/personal information about
    anyone other than myself. I will post competition
    results and other information

    feel free to e-mail me @ geraldharris2@hotmail.com

    Name: Gerald Harris II
    Age: 26
    Hometown: Tulsa, Ok
    College: Cleveland State University
    Weight: 184/185
    Well,
    let me start off by introducing myself. I'm a teacher, wrestling
    coach, football coach, Folkstyle/Freestyle wrestler, and MMA Fighter,
    father of two, with custody of two teenagers. Pretty busy
    huh? I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma - graduated from
    Tulsa East Central High School and finished my education at
    Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH) I was a 2x state
    placer (2nd, 3rd) High School All-American (8th/98') and Freestyle
    Junior National All-American (6th/98') After graduation (BA
    History - Fall 03') I served a year as Graduate Assistant while
    attending graduate school at CSU, then I moved to Florida to
    teach/coach for two years. Now it's 2006 and I have moved back to
    my hometown and started a new life.
    So, where do I start - I
    can tell you how I got started in the sport of MMA - Cage
    Fighting. Before I go into this story, let me tell you that the
    last time that I had a fight was in the 6th grade (I won). Well,
    money has always been an issue for me every since I was a young
    man. I was born and raised in extremely poor conditions, project,
    drug & gang related neighborhoods, but I always found a way to stay
    out of trouble. I never valued material things, just education
    and making friends - so money was never really an issue. Now that
    I am grown and I have responsibilities, money and time are
    everything. In college it's common to be broke, but I had a son
    my sophmore year and did everthing that I could to help him and his
    mother. After graduation - I had to make a change, so I did a job
    search and ended up in Florida. It was great in Florida - the pay
    was high, the school system was excellent, and I was enjoying
    teaching/coaching. The only problem is that I was missing my
    family -my mother and father were battling with their health and my
    life felt empty without being home, so I packed my bags and moved back
    to Oklahoma. (people always ask why did I leave Florida for
    Oklahoma)
    This is where my life changed - my spirits were lifted
    from being around my family and friends. Everything seemed
    perfect, but the money was low. Extremely low - I went from an
    above 30k job to a $10 an hour substitute job. On top of that I
    have two boys (6years old and 7 months) and custody of my two little
    brothers ages 16 and 17 years old. While I was at the gym lifting
    - an old friend came up and said "how you doing" I said "BROKE" and he
    said "You wanna fight"! I laughed at the challenge, because
    he outweighed me by 100lbs, but he didn't smile and said "I'm serious,
    I wanna put you in a cage fight" My real response was "aw hell
    naw" until he mentioned the pay! I needed the money so bad,
    because I didn't have a car (it broke down driving from Florida), no
    place to live, and my family needed help. So, I took him up on
    the offer. I was supposed to be in exibition with a month to
    train for the fight, but I ended up in the 185lb Freestlye Cage
    Fighting Tournament.
    I stay in descent shape, so I was confident,
    but I had a lot to learn. It was July and my first fight was a
    month away - so I went to my old stomping grounds. Back to Ohio
    to train with friends that were involved with MMA. I learned a
    lot and got roughed up a bit, but it all paid off. A couple days
    before I went home I recieved a phone call offering a fight a week
    before my scheduled bout? I needed the money so I took it.
    I
    had no idea what to expect, because sparring is not equal to someone
    trying to kill you in that cage. I took a 205lb bout, but I only
    weighed about 190 - at weigh it, the guy came in looking like John Cena
    and he was a solid 200. I didn't like him because he shook my
    hand a gripped me up all tight (with the pat on the back) like we were
    cool?
    Ok, let me take you through my next three fights -
    I have some links to pictures and a short video also. The first
    guy I fought was Jon Lopez - the fight was pretty crazy, but I got some
    great takedowns and landed a heavy right in the guard that made
    him tap out, but I threw another right that knocked him out. It
    was my first win and I was excited. Here is a link to the
    fight picturers by Richard Rowe
    http://www.taosactionphotos.com/gall...Fight_8-11-06/
    Oh yeah, Matt Hughes was there and I took a picture with him.



    Every
    since that day I have been training like crazy and found a new love for
    the sport of MMA. My second fight was about the same except for
    one problem - I cut too much weight. For some odd reason my scale
    was 4 pounds heavy - so instead of weigh-ins at 185 +/- 1lb I was all
    the way down to 181 and I felt very weak. I fought well, but I
    felt very tired - I ended the fight with two knees to his forhead that
    split him open. That win put me in the semi-finals against the #1
    seed.
    This was my 3rd and toughest fight so far - the guy
    was undefeated, strong, fast, and dangerous. I studies film and
    trained hard for the fight, I also cut my weight right and weighed in
    at 185.5. The first round went slow, but the 2nd round I slammed
    him and landed another right that KO'd him followed by a flurry of
    punches.

    So,
    here I am -it's October 31st 2006 - I will be fighting in the Freestyle
    Cage Fighting Championships on Friday, November 10th 2006.
    Here's copy of the poster and a link to the commercial that airs local on Spike TV

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDIJTGz8SXQ
    l('http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDIJTGz8SXQ&eurl=');">
    Gerald "Hurricane" Harris 3-0 with 3 KO's

    Remaining Schedule for 2006

    Saturday November 18th: Real Pro Wrestling Trials

    Saturday November 25th: Oklahoma Open

    December 28th/29th: Midlands Championships (pending entry approval)
    Last edited by Schlottke; 04-23-2009 at 12:39 PM.

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    Well,
    I would like to say thanks for the e-mails and questions.  Feel
    free to post them in the forum and I will answer them.

    A couple answers for some people regarding their e-mails.

    * The fight is next Friday at 8pm in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Brady Theatre - special guest UFC Fighter Andre Arvloski (spelling?)

    *
    In college I was a 3x NCAA Qualifier and Eastern League Wrestling
    Champion.  I wrestled a lot of well known wrestlers, but most
    people remember my crazy match with Roshalt in the 2nd round of the
    2003 NCAA's on the way to his first title.

    * I did not have an
    amatuer career in fighting - I jumped straight to the pro's.  I
    train at Mikeys Gym and I also have a personal trainer for strength and
    conditioning

    *My trainng schedule varies from 2-3 workouts a day.  A mix of cardio, strength, live sparring, and MMA technique.


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    JohnnyThompsonnum1
    said "Can't forget about your run at the Midlands a few years back
    either.  I suppose as any wrestler, probably weren't happy about
    not winning it but you still had a great tournament.  Beat a
    returning National Finalist and finished 5th in a very tough
    bracket.  Something to note, I'd say.

    I
    have many all time favorite college wrestlers but here are some that
    make my top list. Johnny Thompson, Jamie Heidt, Doc Vecchio, LeRoy
    Vega, Travis Shufelt, David Bolyard and Tom Clum.
    "

    Oh
    yeah, well I had a "curse" at Midlands - I made it to final 16 every
    year, but I lost - Jr year I took 8th by forfiet.- I lost 2nd
    round and wrestled back 8 matches just to place.  I remember being
    down 9-0 to a Illinois wrestler with 11seconds left on bottom and
    pinned him with a reachback neck wrench with .01 second left. In
    the consilation place round I ended up losing to Nixt in
    Double O.T. on a stall call (I was on top) then I just
    forfieted out to 8th  after pulling my MCL real bad in the Nixt
    match.

    -Sr year I took 3rd and here's the short story
    I won
    a tough quarterfinal match against returning 174 runner-up from
    Princeton (he was a real funky wrestler, but I can't remember his
    name) It was a wild match, but I scored all the points.  He was
    not strong at all, but he had hips from hell and was
    dangerous defensively.  I lost in the semi's to
    Wattenburg and wrestled back to beat Becks (Penn State) for
    3rd place.  I wanted to beat Becks so bad for beating on me
    at High School Nationals in 98'.  I tried to
    wrestle with a swolen torn MCL (it happened the day
    before) and he just slapped me all over the mat until the ref made
    me forfiet. 


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    jsuperfly said "

    Thanks
    for sharing...very interesting read....Good luck with your mixed
    martial arts career....Keep us posted on how your next fight
    goes....Also, where is your home now? Where do you train MM arts at?

    "

    Thanx,

    I
    train at Mikeys Gym in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I also have a personal
    strength trainer that tries to kill me about 4 times a week. 
    He has me training with strength bells, kettle balls, pushing
    sleds, and stuff like that.  No more free weights for a
    while.  I just moved back to Oklahoma in June, but I went to Ohio
    for a couple weeks to train.


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    JohnnyThompsonnum1 said "Dlareg said "JohnnyThompsonnum1
    said "Can't forget about your run at the Midlands a few years back
    either.  I suppose as any wrestler, probably weren't happy about
    not winning it but you still had a great tournament.  Beat a
    returning National Finalist and finished 5th in a very tough
    bracket.  Something to note, I'd say.

    I
    have many all time favorite college wrestlers but here are some that
    make my top list. Johnny Thompson, Jamie Heidt, Doc Vecchio, LeRoy
    Vega, Travis Shufelt, David Bolyard and Tom Clum.
    "

    Oh
    yeah, well I had a "curse" at Midlands - I made it to final 16 every
    year, but I lost - Jr year I took 8th by forfiet.- I lost 2nd
    round and wrestled back 8 matches just to place.  I remember being
    down 9-0 to a Illinois wrestler with 11seconds left on bottom and
    pinned him with a reachback neck wrench with .01 second left. In
    the consilation place round I ended up losing to Nixt in
    Double O.T. on a stall call (I was on top) then I just
    forfieted out to 8th  after pulling my MCL real bad in the Nixt
    match.

    -Sr year I took 3rd and here's the short story
    I won
    a tough quarterfinal match against returning 174 runner-up from
    Princeton (he was a real funky wrestler, but I can't remember his
    name) It was a wild match, but I scored all the points.  He was
    not strong at all, but he had hips from hell and was
    dangerous defensively.  I lost in the semi's to
    Wattenburg and wrestled back to beat Becks (Penn State) for
    3rd place.  I wanted to beat Becks so bad for beating on me
    at High School Nationals in 98'.  I tried to
    wrestle with a swolen torn MCL (it happened the day
    before) and he just slapped me all over the mat until the ref made
    me forfiet. 

    "

    You did finish 3rd didn't you? I
    feel like a real idiot.  I don't know why I said 5th, must not
    have my head on straight today or something.  The guy you beat
    from Princeton was Greg Parker.  Set the match with Wattenberg
    aside, it was still a great tournament.

    I
    have many all time favorite college wrestlers but here are some that
    make my top list. Johnny Thompson, Jamie Heidt, Doc Vecchio, LeRoy
    Vega, Travis Shufelt, David Bolyard and Tom Clum.
    "
    Na,
    it's cool - because that was a long time ago.  Some people are
    e-mailing me about Midlands - I will be at 184 if they approve my entry
    form, so it will be interesting to see who I face at the
    tournament.  I will update the blog as the tournament goes all the
    way through the finals.

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    185LB FREESTYLE CAGE FIGHTING CHAMPION! 

    It
    was my toughest fight ever, he had great stand-up and an expert in
    subs.  I fought off a lot of Triangle Chokes and a couple arm bars
    - conditioning played a big factor in this fight.  I ended up
    slamming him with a double so hard that it broke his ribs!  I have
    to work on my boxing!  Here are some pics - I may take a fight on
    the 30th of November in KC,Mo - but I'm not sure yet.

    I
    have to give thanks to all my friends, family, and fans for all of the
    support.  Another special thanks to my strength/conditioning
    trainer Wes Wright. 

    I'm 4-0 with all 4 wins by KO in the 2nd round................


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    Sheerstress said "

    Congratulations on the win!

    "


    Thanx,
    the Kansas City fight was cancelled for the 30th, so I will be
    wrestling in the Oklahoma Open.  I will be competing in the RPW
    Regional Qualifier Friday the 18th - it's about 10 minutes from my
    house.  I thought that it was in the same arena as Cliff Klein
    Tournament, but it's not - there are going to be so many wrestling fans
    there.  I hope that the tournament times work together so that the
    fans can come watch the trials...........

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    Well, I just sent in an entry form to Midland Wrestling. Hopefully they accept my entry and I can compete in December. I'll post the reply sometime next week. RPW Trials this weekend. I've heard of some good competition coming, so it's going to be a good one. I'm not sure how many fans will come because there is another major tournament going on the same day?


    Well,
    I took 2nd at the RPW trials to Ben Wissell.  Good match, but I
    didn't do enough to get the victory.  I got two or three good
    slams/throws during the tournament.  Attendance was low, but there
    was a huge tournament going on next to the arena and a lot of people
    came in and out at various times, because there kids were
    wrestling.  There was a nice crowd at the 1st round, but the
    finals ran at the same time as the finals from the other
    tournament. 

    I gotta take a break, my body is still
    recovering from last weeks fight.  I was going to wrestle in the
    Oklahoma Open, but I don't think so, I'll wait for the invitation to
    Midlands.

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    Ken Chertow said "

    Keep working to improve and excel. Be THE MAN.

    Ken



    Ken Chertow

    Gold Medal Wrestling Camp
    "
    Thanx
    Ken - RPW Trials was a great experience and there were some good
    matches.  I think that I was the only person to get a 6 point
    touch fall.  It was a pretty good throw and it should be
    on the video.  This season will be pretty good with all
    the good coverage of competitors/competition and interest in the sport.

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