Harris primed for UFC bow

Phil Harris will complete a long journey tonight at the Target Center in Minneapolis, USA.

With 30 professional fights under his belt, the 29-year-old London Fight Store-sponsored flyweight will make his UFC debut at UFC on FX 5.

Harris (21-9-0), who first fought professionally way back in 2003, will be the first European flyweight to fight in the organisation when he takes on Darren Uyenoyama (7-3-0).

Uyenoyama, a 32-year-old Strikeforce and Dream veteran from San Francisco, debuted for the UFC with a unanimous decision win over Norifumi Yamamoto at bantamweight last November.

Harris, who made weight comfortably yesterday, expects the fight to hit the ground early on and is confident in his ability to ensure he makes a winning start to his UFC stint.

He said: “This match-up is brilliant for me, I think. He’s a top-level jiu-jitsu guy; they probably regard him as the best jiu-jitsu guy in the division and I come from a big judo background, so I think it’s a perfect test for me to see how good my jiu-jitsu is.

“When you come to the UFC everyone is very well-rounded, but I think this fight will go to the mat and it will be a case of who’s got the best jiu-jitsu. If I could have picked a first fight for myself in the UFC, this would probably be it.”

Under GYM 01 head coach Brian Adams, Harris is currently on a five-fight win streak which includes victories against former TUF contestant Casey Dyer and highly-rated Canadian Remi Morvan, both of which came earlier this year under the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship banner.

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