Yahoo: 'Jersey Devil' and Harris win to open UFN 20

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Sep 11, 2006
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Not all "Ultimate Fighter" cast members walk the instant path to the UFC. Jesse Forbes from Season 3 made his return to the Octagon for the first time since his TUF 3 Finale loss to Matt Hamill. Now 25, with 16 pro fights under his belt, he looked like a legitimate middleweight but lost a close decision 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28 to veteran Nick "Jersey Devil" Catone to open Ultimate Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va.

The first two rounds were razor thin. The entire 10 minutes were spent standing with the fighters trading hard shots. Give Catone credit, one of the first punches he absorbed, appeared to have broken his nose. Catone sealed the win in the final round by scoring two takedowns. He was actually denied a chance to do major damage on the ground after the first takedown. Referee "Quick" Rick McCoy stood the fighters up without much cause even though it appeared Catone was active while sitting in Forbes' full guard. It may have been the first time in recent UFC history that a crowd booed a referee for bringing a fight back to the feet.


Much like Forbes, Harris had a disappointing finish to his appearance during "The Ultimate Fighter." A Season 7 castmember, Harris never got a shot to fight at the TUF 7 Finale, in spite of more than competing during his round of eight fight against the eventual champion Amir Sadollah.

Harris, called in tonight to fight on short notice because of injuries, was the fresher fighter against John Salter. He finished things off in the third round. After scoring two takedowns, Harris got into a dominant position and wailed away with some good elbows. When he got in a clean left and right, referee Ryan McGovern saved Salter at 3:24 of the third.

Salter was also fighting on short notice. He was called in on Tuesday when Mike Massenzio had to drop out of the fight.

The Patriot Center, hosting Virginia's first UFC fight, is about 75-percent full with nine more fights on the way.

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