Just-Retired Father of Eight Gerald Harris Says He Never Enjoyed Fighting or Competition

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  1. ReadWrite

    ReadWrite Red Belt Platinum Member

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    “I’ve Never Enjoyed Fighting Ever It’s a Great Way to Feed My Family”

    “As soon as [Seth Baczynski] punched me in the face the last time, Gerald Harris told MMA Fighting on Tuesday, “I [thought], 'This sh*t ain’t for me no more!' Cause a lot of people don’t understand. I went 30-something fights, [but] I didn’t get hit a lot. In my career, I’ve probably been hit clean five times. I’m not joking. I pride myself on my defense and my wrestling. So I really made it a mission not to get hit.

    “I’m getting older. I’m getting slower. And I realized in that moment that I did not want to be in there anymore. I got my win. I couldn’t end my career on a loss or a win over someone who wasn’t qualified to be in there against me. I felt good beating Baczynski; he’s a quality opponent. I made that decision in the third round.

    “I [thought], 'I’m about to beat his ass and go to the UFC, Bellator. I’m about to make this big social media run.' While I was in there, I felt great. I went in with a broken nose already so my whole game plan was stick and move, stick and move. It wasn’t the most entertaining fight. I landed some good shots, got some good takedowns, but, I mean, anybody with common sense would know with a broken nose, you’re not going to stand there and trade with Seth Baczynski. He’s going to make you pay for it.

    “In the third round, he threw a clean right hand and it caught me square in the face. It was the longest four minutes and 44 seconds of my life.

    “In 2013, I was going through a divorce (I did not actually retire in 2013). I was fighting for custody of my kids. I felt like I had nothing. I was living in an apartment by myself with a cat. . . I was going through this divorce for two years and it was affecting my fighting and I retired to take a break. I shouldn’t have said retirement. When I fought Josh Burkman, my kids were getting taken away from me that same weekend.

    “The last time I ended my career, I tore my Achilles’ tendon. That was two days before I flew out to The Ultimate Fighter 25. The year I tore my Achilles was pretty depressing. Imagine signing a UFC contract and then tearing your Achilles tendon the same day you sign your contract.

    “I went to work out because I was so happy I signed with the UFC and I tore my damn Achilles. I should have sat my ass at home.

    “I’ve never enjoyed fighting ever — it’s a great way to feed my family. I was self-employed. Wrestling was the only thing I did my entire life and it was the closest thing I could find to the competition, which I didn’t even like that a lot. I [thought], 'I’m good at it so I’m going to do it.'

    “Here’s the deal — the money’s cool. It comes and goes. I didn’t make a lot this weekend and I’d be a fool to turn down a huge offer. But I don’t see myself fighting anymore. Can I fight? Yes. I could compete in Bellator, but I don’t see myself winning a title. I’m 40.

    “These kids (fighters) are 19, 20, 21 years old, no kids. I’ve got eight kids. I’ve got a lot of responsibility. I’m not what I was 10 years ago. I’m just being honest. My fighting career’s over. Can I fight? Yes. Do I want to fight? No. I don’t want to fight anymore.”

    https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/12/1/20985940/gerald-harris-describes-how-a-punch-in-third-round-of-his-most-recent-fight-led-to-his-retirement
     
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  2. Medulla Omoplata

    Medulla Omoplata Mayberry Comptroller

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    father of 8

    I can tell what you did enjoy bud

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    Hope he can figure out something to do without fighting
     
  3. 2004 account

    2004 account Longtime fan

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    Yea 40s kinda pushing it, oh well he can always go back to the other thing he does well... Making kids.
     
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    Maybe donating to sperm banks, seems like he has the good stuff.
     
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  5. Kenny Powerth

    Kenny Powerth Jean Belt (Jelt)

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    Honest. Nothing but respect. Gotta feed the fam.
     
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    not surprised

    begs Dana for a fight

    proceeds to just stand there
     
  7. puppybird

    puppybird the wasteland champ

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    I bet he’s got an absolute hampton
     
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    He says fighting is a great way to feed the family... Does his family eat the peanuts he's paid in?

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    Thesnake101 Think about it, it worth it.

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    Honestly speaking, he might be your father.
     
  12. YellowBanenoo

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    Does that mean i get an N word pass ?

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  13. Mahkor

    Mahkor Drunkmaster Flex

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    Father of 8? Cowboy Oliveria would be proud.
     
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    I’d be willing to bet there’s a lot of fighters that feel that way but would never admit it.
     
  15. The Bard

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    Wait, are we supposed to like going to work?
     
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    Sounds like something Rampage would say.

    Btw... ~70% of people dislike their jobs. Why would any of you be surprised by his view?
     
  17. Joonyer

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    Is there a name for that kind of slam? That forearm on the neck looks like a kill move. Vaporized Trachea FTW?
     
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  18. Evileyes

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    When hes not fighting.. hes fucking...
     
  19. IGotAHugePeckah

    IGotAHugePeckah Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    That's what I'll remember him for.

    Not surprised to hear he never enjoyed fighting. That Falcao fight he fought so passively they cut him after one loss.
     
  20. Oblivian

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    He had a run of making pretty decent money in 2009-2010. I wonder how much he got paid in Dream also.
     

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