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Gerald Harris retires, Paul Daley and Ben Saunders find employment with K-1 and Titan FC

It's a new dawn, it's a new day...

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The futures of three ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatants seem to have changed for the better.

Gerald Harris has decided to call it a day in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), announcing his retirement on Facebook (via MMA Fighting):

"Thanks so much for the opportunity but I have a family to take care of so I'm going to have to walk away. I am retiring from Mixed Martial Arts today. @AliAbdelaziz00 @SugarRaySefo @MMAWorldSeries"

"Hurricane" was recently under contract with World Series of Fighting (WSOF), beating former UFC fighter Jorge Santiago last summer at WSOF 4: "Spong vs. DeAnda." He went 1-1 for the promotion, after stints in DREAM and Legacy FC.

His UFC record stands at 3-1, where he picked up victories against John Salter, Mario Miranda and most famously, over David Branch when he slammed his counterpart on the mat, resulting in a vicious knockout win.

It's also being reported by Liverkick that former UFC bad boy Paul Daley has signed with kickboxing giant K-1.

"Semtex" has participated in MMA since 2003, making his UFC debut at UFC 103 back in 2009, stopping Martin Kampmann in the first round. He was exiled after landing a cheap shot against Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 several months later, but he had success in Strikeforce by defeating Jorge Masvidal and Scott Smith -- victories that led him to a title shot against Nick Diaz in 2011.

Daley was looking like a well-conditioned journeyman as of late, competing for the likes of Bellator, BAMMA and Dubai FC before notching three wins at kickboxing events. He scored knockout victories over stand-up notables Alexander Stetsurenko and Alexander Surzkho at LEGEND 3: Pour Homme (great name) earlier this year.

The slugger is expected to be fighting at 80kg (approximately 176 pounds) at K-1 World Max Finals in Thailand later this summer.

Also finding a job elsewhere on the market was Ben Saunders, who reportedly signed a multi-fight deal with Titan FC earlier this week.

MMA Fighting reports that Titan FC CEO Jeff Aronson has big plans for "Killa B," who will be making his debut "in a monster fight."

The Floridian went 4-3 in the UFC, losing to big names such as Jon Fitch, Mike Swick and Dennis Hallman during his tenure. He found greater success in Bellator shortly afterward, only losing three bouts out of 10.

Unfortunately for the 31-year-old fighter, he lost his first welterweight tournament final against Douglas Lima at Bellator 100 this past September. It was the second time he lost to the Brazilian by knockout during his promotional stay.

Saunders recorded five victories by way of finish under the Bellator banner.

Happy trails.

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