Eight months after his surprising ouster from the
Ultimate Fighting Championship, middleweight knockout artist
Harris has found a new home.
“I’m all healed up and ready to roll. I just signed a multi-fight
deal with Dream,”
Harris wrote Monday on Twitter. “It’s going to be great in Japan,
but business first!”
Harris added that information regarding his debut with the
Tokyo-based promotion would soon be made public. Dream’s next
event, Dream 17,
is expected to take place Sept. 25 in Saitama, Japan.
The 31-year-old Oklahoma native was suddenly released by the UFC in
November following a lackluster decision loss to
Maiquel Falcao, despite having previously posted a 3-0 record
in the Octagon and twice earning “Knockout of the Night” honors.
Since his departure, Harris has dropped a close decision to current
UFC signee James Head
and, most recently, outpointed Strikeforce veteran Anthony Ruiz
under the Tachi Palace Fights banner.
Harris has recorded finishes in 15 of his 18 career victories and
has been stopped only once, an August 2007 TKO loss to Benji Radach
in the International Fight League.
Japan’s highest-profile MMA promotion, Dream has come under fire in
the last 12 months for allegedly failing to pay multiple fighters
in a timely fashion. On Monday, Harris assured fans that he was not
concerned with such a situation arising.
“For those of you who are worried, all the wrinkles have been
ironed out and I’m in good hands,” wrote Harris. “Regardless of the
past or what you’ve heard... Keep your negative comments about
Dream to yourself. I’ve surrounded myself with the right people, so