Legacy's Jonathan Harris: Homeless to pro fighter

by Kyle Nagel | source: mmajunkie.com
 

 Jonathan Harris esrns five-second victory over Kenneth “JR” Fuller. 

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"Basically," Jonathan Harris told MMAjunkie.com, "I was homeless."

He approached the gym owner. He would have to quit, he said, because he needed to find more steady work and a place to live above spending the money to train on a possibly promising MMA opportunity.

"He basically told me, 'I see potential in you, and I think you can make it,'" Harris said. "'If you clean the gym and scrub the floors, you can train here for me, and we'll figure out how you can live.'

Harris has made the most of it. With a 6-1 MMA record, Harris is now preparing for his next opportunity with a new three-fight Legacy contract.

"Things didn't get messy until I was about 11," Harris said,

During his freshman year of high school in Texas, he was sent to a juvenile detention facility for a possession of marijuana conviction. He spent about a year incarcerated.

By the time he was 16, Harris slept with a vodka bottle next to his bed because of addiction to alcohol. At 17, he had a realization.

"I looked in the mirror, and there was this 105-pound kid,' " Harris said. "I didn't like who I was becoming."

Harris' first athletic action was lifting weights. He said he reached as high as 240 pounds.

In 2006 Harris looked into hooking on with an MMA school.

By 2008, he took his first amateur fight, a loss. Then he lost another amateur fight, and by the time he finished his third amateur fight and earned his first win, his poor job prospects and money troubles were significant.

It was then he got the cleaning-for-training deal that he says saved his new livelihood.

In October 2009, he made his professional debut, and he won his first three pro fights, helping him get a place of his own and continue his training.

Since his only loss, he has won two Legacy Fighting Championship bouts to move out of despair and into the career he dreamed about in his childhood backyard.

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Drewout site profile image  

1/16/12 10:26 AM by Drewout

That knee is what you get for being an unsportsmanlike douche! Either touch gloves or don't, but don't be a faker!

sly fox site profile image  

1/14/12 4:09 AM by sly fox

 great story.. pretty inspiring stuff great video too

Koku_Ryuu site profile image  

1/13/12 6:09 PM by Koku_Ryuu

 What an awesome fake glove touch-to-takedown....lol

Kirik site profile image  

1/13/12 6:05 PM by Kirik

 Sentence was 3 months but was extended for fighting.

thenino  site profile image  

1/13/12 6:02 PM by thenino

did Fuller fake the glove touch and go for the take down, only to meet n eat a knee

mmavixen site profile image  

1/13/12 3:19 PM by mmavixen

 I love these stories.  Everyone experiences setbacks in life, but it's how you emerge from them that define you as a person.  I hope he has a great future in mma!

Ramon Maroni site profile image  

1/13/12 2:39 PM by Ramon Maroni

spent a year incarcerated for poss. of pot? how much weed did he get popped with?

chuckles1 site profile image  

1/13/12 2:33 PM by chuckles1

Crazy story, and what a fucking knee!!! My GOD!

Kirik site profile image  

1/13/12 2:06 PM by Kirik

 Agree 100%

Drewout site profile image  

1/13/12 2:03 PM by Drewout

Great story, hopefully he is 100% off of drugs and alcohol and helping the kids he comes in contact with thru motivation and training. If he is he will have not only a promising career, but a rewarding life.