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Despite the fact that everyone and their dog thinks it’s crazy that Gerald Harris was cut from the UFC, he’s taking it as a learning lesson. Here’s his thoughts on his release, which amount to Gerald warning the rest of the UFC roster of their fate if they don’t perform exceptionally in the octagon:

“I didn’t show enough initiative to win the fight,” Harris said. “If it was a [preliminary-card] fight, I probably wouldn’t be in that much trouble, but they gave me the opportunity of a lifetime (on pay-per-view), and I blew it. I really blew it. I have nothing to blame it on. I’m not blaming it on the choke. I had a great training camp. Everything was great other than the fight. I have no excuses, none at all.

“I don’t want to use the words ‘reality check’ or ‘wake-up call,’ but they didn’t make an example out of me. They set the standard for fighters. They’ve made it clear that they’re not going to accept that type of performance. I don’t care who you are; they don’t accept that kind of performance on the big stage.”

Nate Marquardt has also come to terms with Dana White’s accusation that he blew another shot at the Middleweight title:

“After the fight and in recent days, Dana White has publicly criticized me for being a “choker” and not being aggressive enough.  While Dana’s comments were difficult to hear, I firmly believe that I am one of the best fighters in the world and will one day be the UFC middleweight champion. 

“However in hindsight Dana is right – in order to live up to my full potential and realize my championship dreams I need to be more aggressive and showcase my inherent killer instinct. I need to stalk my opponents, impose my will and finish fights on a consistent basis.”