AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- UFC newcomer Maiquel Falcao started his career with a win. He beat Gerald Harris in a 29-27, 29-28, 29-28 in a three-round decision that is not likely to get the Fight of the Night bonus.
The first round started slow. The two danced around each other for much of the round. Falcao landed the first strike at 2:40 into the first, and after a little more dancing, unloaded a series of punches. Harris went down to the ground, where Falcao continued to beat on him until he took his back. Even after Harris tried to slam Falcao off, he stayed on and sunk a rear naked choke. Harris was saved by the bell at the end of the first. Harris appeared to think the fight was over until he was directed to his corner.
Falcao came out for the second with a series of strikes that caused Harris to shoot for a knee. He was unsuccessful in the takedown, and Falcao moved behind for another rear naked choke attempt. Harris continued to survive and slowly got back to his feet. He slammed Falcao down, but the two returned to their feet. Harris tried for another takedown and held onto the attempt as the round ended.
In the third round, the two returned to their dancing ways, to the disgust of the crowd in suburban Detroit. They danced around the entire round, rarely engaging. The crowd booed lustily, but it didn't cause either fighter to want to engage.
Falcao is now 26-3, but this win over the 16-3 Harris is likely to be remembered as a poor debut for the Brazilian.
- Gerald Harris