A bout between middleweight Mike Massenzio (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 7" cast member Gerald Harris (13-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is official for UFC Fight Night 20, and the card is now complete with 11 bouts.
Harris is a replacement fighter for injured Tim Credeur (12-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and competes on the night's un-aired preliminary card.
UFC Fight Night 20 takes place Jan. 11 at the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and the main card airs live on Spike TV.
With the Harris vs. Massenzio matchup, the event is now official with 11 bouts.
Earlier this month, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed a report from MMAFighting.com about Harris signing with the UFC and taking the fight.
Harris appeared on "TUF 7" (and suffered a loss to eventual show winner Amir Sadollah after the elimination round), but he didn't compete at the show's live finale. Instead, he had to work his way back into the promotion. And he did just that with his current seven-fight win streak, which included a recent first-round knockout of former UFC fighter Nissen Osterneck in September for the Shark Fights middleweight title.
While UFC president Dana White was a recent guest on MMAjunkie.com Radio, Harris called into the show and told the UFC executive he was ready to make his octagon debut. After hearing about Harris' win streak and recent victory over Osterneck, White told him to call the offices so they could chat. The conversation evidently paid off, and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva offered him a spot on the upcoming card.
Massenzio, a state high school and national junior college wrestling champion, is a Ring of Combat and IFL veteran who made his UFC debut in 2008 with a submission victory over Drew McFedries. He then suffered a first-round TKO loss to C.B. Dollaway at UFC 92 in December 2008 but has been forced to sit out all of 2009 due to injuries.
Probably not huge news to many, but look out for Gerald Harris. I saw him at the Shark Fights event the story references and was totally impressed. He brutally KO'd Nissen Osterneck in less than a minute in the first round, Nissen was out cold for a minute and took about 10 before he got out of the cage. Gerald knocked him down, and almost out, with a JAB
, and then swarmed on him like he was Wanderlei Silva going after wounded zebra. I'd love to see Gerald finish the same way and make a nice splash in the MW division.
On a side note, I sat 5 feet behind Bas at that event, and got one of his dozen of sugar-free Red Bull's... delicious.