UFC 123 Live Blog: Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao Updates

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- This is the UFC 123 live blog for Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao, a middleweight bout on tonight's pay-per-view at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Harris (17-2) has won his last 10 fights and is coming off an ESPN-highlighted knockout slam over Dave Branch in July. Falcao (25-3) fights out of Chute Boxe.

The live blog is below.


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Round 1:
Harris keeps a low stance early, planting the seed in Falcao's mind for the takedown. Falcao is a banger. This is a test of wills early. It looks like Falcao is waiting for Harris to wade towards him, but keeping a healthy distance to keep away from a shoot. Harris' low stance is also probably dissuading him from moving forward. Harris is doing very little. An overhand once in a while, but Falcao is doing almost nothing. And suddenly, the fury comes from Falcao, with a wild combination and he drops Harris with a knee to the head. He ends up in side control with a minute left. Falcao hunts a rear naked choke. Harris gets up and falls backward. Falcao keeps the choke on, and it's deep. Harris gets saved by the horn. When the ref pulled Falcao away, Harris thought it was over. Round goes to Falcao, 10-9.

Round 2:
They swing wildly, but that's not Harris' fight and Falcao gets the better of him. Back to the ground again and Falcao tries to take his back. He gets his back. Tries the choke again but can't sink it under his chin. He throws punches from the back. Harris breaks free and stuffs Falcao against the cage. Harris shoots for a single leg but Falcao defends it as we reach the midway point. Harris scoops him up and dumps him down but Falcao immediately pops up to his feet. Falcao tags Harris with a head kick. Harris dives for a leg again but Falcao sprawls. Falcao lands elbows to the head, but nothing of any consequence. Falcao takes round two 10-9.

Round 3:
Touch of gloves for the final round. Lots of circling early and the crowd lets its displeasure be known. Falcao is doing what he did early in the first: nothing. Harris paws out a jab or throws out a left every once in a while, but the action is sporadic. The bored crowd chants "Let's go Rampage!" Then they go back to booing. Harris shoots with a minute left but Falcao defends it. That might be his last stand. Harris didn't do much but Falcao did nothing so it's 10-9 Harris. Umm, the crowd did not enjoy this fight.

Winner: Maiquel Falcao via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)


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