“Hurricane” stops for good

Gerald “Hurricane” Harris announced he is retiring for MMA, again.

He spoke out after a win at a C3 Fights show in Newkirk, Okla., on Saturday over fellow UFC vet Seth Baczynski. This is the third time that Harris, a 13-year veteran, has said he is hanging up the gloves.

“I went to Bellator, I lost every single fight, four fights. Three losses and a draw. I could have quit,” Harris said in a post-fight speech. “I wanted to end my career with a win. It wasn’t easy, I picked a tough-ass opponent, 11-time UFC vet, and I did it. It wasn’t pretty, I know it wasn’t pretty, but I got the job done. Another thing, I had a horrible injury in camp four weeks ago but I still showed up. I could have canceled this fight. Support your local fighters, I swear to God this is my last fight. That s*it hurt.”

Harris, who turned 39 in November, has competed for several notable promotions including the UFC, Bellator, and the World Series of Fighting. It was inside the Octagon that Harris made his most significant impact as he won his first three fights with the promotion to extend a career-best 10-fight win streak. All of his UFC victories came by way of knockout, with his most memorable being a third-round slam finish of future WSOF dual-division champion David Branch at UFC 116 in July 2010. Following that win, Harris lost a decision to Maiquel Falcao and was subsequently released by the promotion.

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