Yahoo: Harris scores nasty KO finish of Miranda

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Sep 11, 2006
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mario Miranda and Gerald Harris walked a dangerous edge for four and half minutes, in the end Miranda it was the one who fell off the cliff first. Harris, a wrestler, and Miranda, a jiu-jitsu ace, stood for most of the four-plus minutes. Harris landed a big right, that was there all night, and finished Miranda with a flurry punches at 4:49 of the first round in the second fight at Ultimate Fight Night 21 at Bojangles Coliseum.

It was obvious throughout the first round, both fighters were in jeopardy of taking a fight changing blow at any second. Harris, with a low southpaw stance, was in danger of taking a vicious head kick while Miranda, holding his left hands too low, risked taking the counter right to the grill. Harris was dropped with 1:30 left in the first round. He survived some nasty shots as he defended on his knees.

Once it got back to the feet, Harris finally landed that counter right. Miranda went down, as he scrambled he got drilled by another right that put him on his rear end and then one more right put him on his back. The referee jumped in quickly to save Miranda, who seemed to have his wits about him and didn't want the fight stopped.

Brenneman controls pace and rolls to first UFC win

In what was a classic wrestler versus striker matchup, Charlie Brenneman, the grappler, dictated pace and rolled to a unanimous decision victory, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 over Jason High.

Both fighters were making their UFC debut. High actually came in with the better resume having fought for DREAM and Affliction, but his takedown defense simply wasn't up to snuff. Brenneman took High down multiple times in every round. One judge found a way to give a round, it may have been the second when Brenneman was stuck in a guillotine. That was a probably shaky decision. Brenneman deserved just as much credit for the way he escaped the hold and reversed the position.

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