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Maiquel Falcão: Gerald Harris tapped, three different times

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Erik Engelhart: Did everything go like you had planned for your debut on UFC?

Maiquel Falcão: The most important thing was my victory, but according to the game plan we’ve set, which was to hit so I could keep myself standing, I thought it was a good fight, despite I know I could’ve hit him more. I trained wrestling a lot to defend the takedowns and thanks God I was successful, here at Chute Boxe we are well assisted on wrestling and I have some experience on the modality, I’ve been joining some competitions.

EE: Did the fact that the referee did a huge mistake on the first round, finishing the fight before the regular time, disturbed you?

MF: It didn’t disturbed me because he (Gerald) said many stupid things to me, said he’d beat me easily, so I kind of liked it so I could punish him even more and I could make his suffering last longer.

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Post #1   11/24/10 2:14:02PM   

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I don't know what to think of this guy, hopefully he grows up a bit or else someone will make an example out of him.

Post #2   11/24/10 2:23:17PM   

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This isn't the first I've heard people accuse Harris of tapping in that fight

I rewatched the fight twice that night and I didn't see anything other than the clock being stopped early. I'd be interested if someone could find a video of this tap or even an animated Gif.

It looked to me like he was about to tap but the early bell saved him.

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He tapped, and hid the fact that he was tapping?
Shenanigans, the whole point of tapping is to notify the ref that you're done.

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Posted by Pookie

He tapped, and hid the fact that he was tapping?
Shenanigans, the whole point of tapping is to notify the ref that you're done.



Or he could have been tapping to get him to losen up the submission. people do cheat.

I want to rewatch the fight because i remember it looked like he tapped right after sunk in the choke in the first round.

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Posted by Pookie

He tapped, and hid the fact that he was tapping?
Shenanigans, the whole point of tapping is to notify the ref that you're done.



I'm not saying it happened because I didn't see it happen, but I've heard of the "phantom tap" where you try to tap so the ref doesn't see it, but your opponent releases, or loosens the hold enough for you to escape.

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Posted by RyanC

I'm not saying it happened because I didn't see it happen, but I've heard of the "phantom tap" where you try to tap so the ref doesn't see it, but your opponent releases, or loosens the hold enough for you to escape.



I believe Sonnen was accused of this...

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Dolloway has been accused of it as well.

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Posted by RyanC

I'm not saying it happened because I didn't see it happen, but I've heard of the "phantom tap" where you try to tap so the ref doesn't see it, but your opponent releases, or loosens the hold enough for you to escape.



I believe Sonnen was accused of this...



That is one case I was thinking of. I've also heard stories of it happening in BJJ tourneys.

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it had looked like he tapped a couple different times while watching it live. when it happened i thought the ref stopped it because of the tap. As a spectator it was a very confusing situation!

after seeing the slow mo replays it looked more like Harris did a single open handed grab towards Falcao's hands. it looked like a tap at normal speed. i think IF he tapped it was while he was face down.

I see alot of negative opinions about Falcao but i think the guy put on a good performance with a wrestler who didnt want to engage with him. if the time keeper didnt stop the round early and he finished Harris, would people be hating on him?

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it had looked like he tapped a couple different times while watching it live. when it happened i thought the ref stopped it because of the tap. As a spectator it was a very confusing situation!

after seeing the slow mo replays it looked more like Harris did a single open handed grab towards Falcao's hands. it looked like a tap at normal speed. i think IF he tapped it was while he was face down.

I see alot of negative opinions about Falcao but i think the guy put on a good performance with a wrestler who didnt want to engage with him. if the time keeper didnt stop the round early and he finished Harris, would people be hating on him?



I wouldn't be but the bell went and he held on the choke that's why i don't like the guy at this point in time, i've already admitted I was impressed by his skills but holding the choke to me is hard to justify.

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Posted by RyanC

I'm not saying it happened because I didn't see it happen, but I've heard of the "phantom tap" where you try to tap so the ref doesn't see it, but your opponent releases, or loosens the hold enough for you to escape.



The problem with that theory though is that the bell and ref couldn't get him to unlatch his submission...did Gerald really think a fake tap would do the trick? I'm thinking probably not.

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either way harris lost and was dropped...tap or no tap

falcaos next fight(s) will really tell if hes legit... he did look good though when he engaged

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Posted by RyanC

I'm not saying it happened because I didn't see it happen, but I've heard of the "phantom tap" where you try to tap so the ref doesn't see it, but your opponent releases, or loosens the hold enough for you to escape.



The problem with that theory though is that the bell and ref couldn't get him to unlatch his submission...did Gerald really think a fake tap would do the trick? I'm thinking probably not.



It's not a theory. As I said I didn't see it happen, and therefor have no reason to believe it did. I'm just saying that it wouldn't be the first time someone had tried it.

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ehhhhh some people I was watching it with thought it was a tap as well, but to me what it looked like was that he was thinking of tapping and then changed his mind and went to reach for the hand to try to loosen his grip. There should be a rule that a tap has to be clearly 3 taps in succession or something, because the little "fedor tap" looks far too much like someone just placing their hand on their opponent. If fighters have their arms tied up or are unable to tap 3 times for whatever reason they also have the option to submit verbally, so I don't think that such a rule would compromise fighter safety at all and I think it might help to clear up some of the "phantom tap" nonsense that pops up now and then.

I don't think that Harris tapped, but there were certainly some hand motions that I can understand being mistaken for a tap.

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