Rex Harris or T Rex as he’s known is just that, a Tyrannosaurus. “T Rex” is six feet tall and looks like a stone mason carved him out of granite.
Harris is 1-0 as a pro MMA fighter and has a big sophomore fight against Elijah Garshnick (6-4) on October 1’St in York Pa. I asked Harris what he thought about the disparity in experience between him and Garshnick. Harris told me that he’s been wrestling since the fourth grade and has between 300-400 wrestling matches. Additionally when you combine his boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai fights he’s 10-0.
Although Garshnick has more MMA experience he does not have more overall competitive experience than Harris. T Rex believes that he has the edge in the striking department. I would not be surprised if this fight between two very good wrestlers never goes to the ground. Each is good enough to stuff the shots of the other. So in the end, considering the defensive wrestling skills of both fighters, look for this fight to be decide standing. The better striker will prevail.
Of course I asked Harris what his game plan for the Garshnick fight was and his response was very Sun Tzu in nature. Harris intends to use his advantages and exploit the weakness of Garshnick. He told me that he always plays to his own strengths. Essentially he’ll never “wrestle a wrestler” or “strike a striker.” He intends to take the initiative and see how Garshnick responds, he’ll then make mid fight adjustments where necessary. He also told me that he generally does not believe in game planning because you can never be certain how an opponent will fight or how the fight will unfold.
This is a big fight for Harris. Should he win, it’s a win over a very experienced fighter with a solid record. With some more experience and a few more quality fights under his belt he’s sure to attract the attention of the major organizations such as the UFC and Bellator.