Round 1 - The middleweights are underway. Harris paws his jab as the fights patiently and slowly circle. Harris fakes a couple shots and then misses with a wild left. Harris lunges with a right that misses. The boo birds aren't happy with the slow start as the fighters slowly circle some more. Harris continues faking a shot, and Falcao clearly wants to avoid it. Two minutes in, we've had little action. Harris keeps acting as though he's reaching for Falcao's lead leg and then misses with a lunging left. Harris comes up short with a lunging right. The ref warns the fighters to get busy. Harris again with telegraphed lunging shots. Three minutes in, and we still have little action. Harris partially connects on a lunging left. Falcao moves in with a flurry and connects on a few, but Harris scores the takedown. Falcao reverses the position and delivers some punches from the top. With a leg free, Falcao looks to pin one of Harris' arms. But when Harris rolls to his knees, Falcao looks for the rear-naked choke. Harris shakes it off and gets back to his feet, but Falcao clings to it. Harris drops straight back, but Falcao tightens a choke. The horn saves Harris, though Falcao holds onto the hold for a few extra seconds. Harris appears OK to continue. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Falcao.
Round 2 - A touch of gloves starts the second round. Falcao lands a nice right-left combo and tries to wrestle Harris to the mat. Falcao takes top position and with Harris possibly a bit wobbly, takes his back and looks for the rear-naked choke. Falcao gets in his legs as hooks and tries to flatten out the kneeling Harris. Falcao can't get his forearm across the throat, and Harris tries to buck him off. He finally does and returns standing, and Harris then pins Falcao against the cage. Falcao reverses and delivers knees to the body, but Harris shoves him way, and we restart. Falcao throws a right, and Harris ducks under it and shoots. He grabs a single leg, but Falcao's sprawl is strong. Harris pushes him against the fence, but Falcao is too strong for Harris to get him down. The action stalemates against the fence before Harris finally gets the strength to take the fight to the mat. But Falcao quickly is back up and then lands a body kick. Falcao goes high with a head kick and unloads a couple quick punches as Harris tries to grab the single leg again. He's stuck kneeling, and Falcao delivers punches from above while trying to improve his position. Falcao is warned about punches to the back of the head as Harris simply holds off and tries to avoid punishment. Harris powers his way back to his feet, and the fighters reset before the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Falcao.
Round 3 - The final frame is underway. More circling leads to a restless crowd. Falcao snaps off an inside leg kick. Harris throws the occasional lunging shot, but there's still little action 90 seconds in. The boo birds are out in full force now. The fighters continue circling, and Harris' occasional right jabs are about all that's thrown. Harris tries a looping overhand left, but it does nothing. The crowd is now outright angry at this slow-paced affair. "Get your purse, and get out of here!" and "Wake up you boobs!" are some of the more inventive cat calls. More circling, more lunging shots, more uninspired play-by-play. Hey, did you know Mizzou beat Iowa State today? Go Tigers! Anyway, more circling. More booing. More angry looks from the ref. Harris shoots for a double, Falcao sprawls, Harris puts him in the cage, and they break off and reset. That's not helping with the hostile crowd. Harris throws some lunging punches and a body kick, but nothing lands. Both fighters now are trying to blame the other, and the only action starts to come after the round ends. The loudest boos I've ever heard at a bout's conclusion signals an end to this sorry affair. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-10 and can't wait for the next fight. Maiquel Falcao def. Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (29-27. 29-28, 29-28)