Considering the run that Andre Harrison is currently enjoying in MMA, it’s surprising that the newly crowned WSOF featherweight champion hasn’t become a household name in the MMA community. He has routinely been listed among the top up-and-coming fighters on his way to the top. Harrison now owns a world title to match those accolades and will undoubtedly be listed among the best featherweights currently competing.
As we embark on Harrison’s title reign, check out these 10 items to learn who Harrison is and where he came from.
He’s Undefeated in MMA
Considering the unpredictable nature of MMA, it’s very tough for fighters to string together a series of wins. That’s what makes Harrison’s 16-0 run so impressive. Harrison has been able to defeat some of the best fighters on the regional scene and will be looking to continue his success inside the Decagon.
Being a Champion is Nothing New for the WSOF Standout
Although he secured his first major world title at WSOF35, Harrison is used to having gold around his waist. Competing in Titan FC, Harrison successfully defended his featherweight crown on four separate occasions.
He’s Long Been Considered One of MMA’s Best Prospects
Running through the competition and winning the Titan FC title put Harrison on the radar for MMA fans. Harrison came in at No. 16 on Bleacher Report’s Top Prospects for 2016 and checked in at No. 15 on the Bleacher Report’s Top Prospects for 2017 list. He was also featured on Bloody Elbow’s Scouting Report for 2015. It’s safe to say that MMA analysts and fans know the hype is real when it comes to Harrison.
Harrison’s Journey to Wrestling was Very Unconventional
If you ask most kids what got them into wrestling many will respond with similar answers. However, Harrison started his amateur wrestling career in an unconventional way. Looking to win a bet made by one of the wrestling coaches, Harrison vowed that he could last a week being on the wrestling team. He would win the bet but decided to stick around to learn the tricks of the trade to ensure he’d find some measure of revenge against his teammates on the wrestling mat.
Before MMA, he was an All-American Wrestler
Prior to MMA, Harrison made his mark in collegiate athletics on the wrestling mat. He was a NJCAA All-American wrestler while attending Nassau Community College before earning All-American honors at Fort Hays State University. During his time at Fort Hays State University, Harrison was considered one of the best wrestlers in his weight class.
His MMA Career Began due to Tough Lessons from a Friend
While most amateur wrestlers will make the jump to MMA to continue high-level competition, Harrison’s MMA origins were the result of some harsh lessons. Training with his friend JT Hudson, Harrison would mix in some striking to compliment his wrestling training. As Harrison explained, once kicks were added to the equation, it became a whole new ballgame to the WSOF champion. Looking to learn from his mistakes, Harrison would look to sharpen his striking skills which would ultimately lead him to stepping into the MMA scene.
He’s Originally from Trinidad
Although a New York native, Harrison is originally from Trinidad & Tobago. The islands are located close to the coast of Venezuela. Harrison explained to WSOF.com that he and his family moved to New York when he was only three years old.
His Mother has a PhD in Nursing
Speaking of Harrison’s family, he also explained that his mother has a PhD in nursing. Clearly education is an important topic in the Harrison household as the WSOF champ also attended college. At least we know where Harrison gets his smarts from.
His MMA Idol is Anderson Silva
Harrison told WSOF.com that when he began his MMA career, Anderson Silva was one fighter he looked up to. Considering the run that Silva has enjoyed in the UFC, it’s no surprise that younger fighters would idolize “The Spider.”
Harrison has his own Everlast Gloves
Although unknown to most MMA fans, Harrison is already enjoying some of the perks that come from working with elite companies. Everlast, a name almost synonymous with boxing, has created a custom glove for the WSOF champion.
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