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Strikeforce will not be signing Gerald Harris...


...because they want to focus on fighters already on the roster:

"I talked to my guys about it, actually, they talked to me about it. I watched the fight [against Falcao], I didn't know how to judge it. Then they told me about his background and his past and things you are telling me now, that this guy is a tremendous athlete (who) has a ton of potential and just had bad showing or fought very cautious to try and win the fight. The only thing right now is we are really committed to the fighters we have under contract now and I want to make sure these guys get in the mix two or three next year. That doesn't mean we can't revisit with him, but for right now, I would say that I want to take care of the roster we currently have."

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker tells the MMA Hour his promotion doesn't currently have any interest in signing recently exiled UFC middleweight Gerald Harris. Despite the departure of Champion Jake Shields, the 185-pound weight class remains one of the strongest for the San Jose based organization and Coker feels he would be better served to concentrate on those already under contract. Harris drew the ire of UFC head honcho Dana White when he didn't show up for his main card match-up with Maiquel Falcao at UFC 123 and was soundly beaten in the snoozer of the evening. Before that fateful night, the "Hurricane" had finished seven consecutive fights and earned himself two "Knockout of the Night" bonuses in three appearances in the Octagon, although all three bouts were contested on the preliminary card. Is that reason enough for Strikeforce to pass on bringing him on board? Are they making the right call here? Let's hear it, Maniacs.

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