Houston Alexander will meet fellow UFC veteran Razak Al-Hassan on Saturday. | Photo: Dave Mandel


It was the loss that prompted his release from the UFC, but Houston Alexander still contends that he beat “Kimbo Slice” at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale in December 2009 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The bout seemed destined to be a crowd pleaser, as Alexander’s dangerous punching power was sure to mesh well with Ferguson’s desire to engage on the feet. The end result was not what people expected. The fighters circled each other in the Octagon for the majority of the contest, and Ferguson held on for an uneventful decision victory.

Alexander does not have a problem with the pink slip that soon followed, but he believes he did enough that night to earn the nod from the judges.

“The organization will do what they want to do; it’s their organization,” he told Sherdog.com. “I still to this day think that I won the fight, even by [points]. I’m not worried about anybody else’s opinion. All I can do is roll with the punches.”

That defeat -- followed by another setback against Joey Beltran a little more than a month later -- seemed to suggest the Omaha, Neb., resident was nearing the end of his MMA career. Fast forward to the present day, however, and the 39-year-old radio disc jockey is still going strong.

Riding a three-fight winning streak, Alexander looks to continue his momentum against fellow UFC veteran Razak Al-Hassan in the MMA Fight Pit “Genesis” main event on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. Losses to Kyle Kingsbury and former WEC champion Steve Cantwell prompted Al-Hassan’s release from the UFC in 2009. He has since won four of his last five bouts, falling in his most recent appearance to Dwayne Lewis at Maximum Fighting Championship 27. The 29-year-old Roufusport product has earned seven of his 11 victories by submission.

Quick knockouts of Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara earned Alexander notoriety for his heavy hands. Now training at the Premier Combat Center with the likes of Ryan Jensen, Jake Ellenberger and Jason Brilz, he feels confident about facing Al-Hassan anywhere the fight goes.

“I feel great about this matchup. We’ve got a lot of pros in our facility, so [on] any given day I can be matched up with anybody,” he said. “I feel more confident going to the ground because you got guys [here] like Ryan Jensen, who’s probably one of the best black belts in the game.”

While people remember Alexander best for his wins over Jardine and Sakara, he seems proud of his recent streak, which includes a come-from-behind technical knockout triumph over Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Shark Fights 13. He points out that he might be at four wins in a row if a March 2010 bout against Justin Grizzard had not been declared a no-contest after a second-round eye poke.

“I don’t know how you get poked in the eye while you’re getting punched,” he said.

Another disappointment came when a proposed rematch with James Irvin at Shark Fights 14 fell through when Alexander suffered an injury and Irvin tested positive for suspected use of a performance-enhancing drug. Irvin knocked out Alexander in eight seconds at UFC Fight Night 13 in 2008.

Between his jobs as a disc jockey and as a fatherhood coordinator for Lutheran Family Services, taking care of his kids and his training routine, it has been well-documented that Alexander keeps one of the most hectic schedules in the sport today. When it comes time to get in the cage, all he cares about is putting on entertaining fights. At this point in his career, it does not really matter where.

“If one of these days I’m blessed to be back in the UFC and to be in primetime, that’d be great,” he said. “Right now, I’m focused on beating anybody they put in front of me.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

WSOF hires cutman 'Stitch' Duran to work 'Palhares vs Shields' event after controversial UFC release

  • 4 days ago
  • 5 views

In a recent conference call to promote "Palhares vs. Shields," which takes place on Aug. 1, 2015, WSOF President Ray Sefo declared that he'd love to have renowned cutman Jacob "Stitch" Duran in the o read news >>

Quick Hit: Reebok Comments on UFC Firing Popular Cutman Stitch Duran

  • 5 days ago
  • 43 views

The UFC might not be commenting on the release of popular cutman Jacob "Stitch" Duran over his comments about the UFC-Reebok deal, but Reebok has. read news >>

Big Nog does not believe in fixed fights: 'The UFC is not the WWE'

  • 10 days ago
  • 54 views

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira thinks Chad Mendes was affected by the short training camp in his fight against Conor McGregor, not because the fight was fixed. It seems people are still not done discussing read news >>

Stipe Miocic thinks about whether he'll get a heavyweight title shot next '24/7'

  • 13 days ago
  • 13 views

LAS VEGAS -- Stipe Miocic talks about his efforts to get a heavyweight title shot next, whether he's confident he'll get it, his message to Dana White, the Cleveland Cavaliers and more. read news >>

Joe Rogan thinks Chad Mendes should be the favorite over Conor McGregor

  • 17 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC personality Joe Rogan favours Chad Mendes over Conor McGregor at UFC 189. On the eve of UFC 189, headlined by featherweight studs Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes, more and more UFC stars are weigh read news >>

UFC confirms release of 15 fighters, including Ryan Jimmo and Hatsu Hioki

  • 17 days ago
  • 9 views

The UFC roster is a revolving door of talent. Fighters are frequently signed, and in turn, others are let go. The latter was the case for the 15 fighters recently handed their walking papers from the read news >>

Cris Cyborg wants Bethe Correia to smash Ronda Rousey, thinks weigh-in IV ban could prevent 'Rowdy' super fight

  • 19 days ago
  • 21 views

For those of you mixed martial arts (MMA) fans optimistic enough to believe a Cristiane Justino vs. Ronda Rousey "super fight" will eventually take place, I present to you yet another obstacle standi read news >>

'TUF 19' middleweight finalist Dhiego Lima announces release from UFC roster

  • 22 days ago
  • 14 views

With three losses in his four official UFC fights, Dhiego Lima says he has been released from the UFC.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Chris Weidman thinks Luke Rockhold could fight Ronaldo Souza for number one spot

  • 26 days ago
  • 16 views

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman isn't sure if his title fight with Luke Rockhold will go ahead. According to Chris Weidman, there's a chance he won't be defending his middleweight strap again read news >>

TUF 19 runner-up Dhiego Lima announces his UFC release

  • 27 days ago
  • 29 views

In a published message on Facebook, TUF 19 middleweight runner-up announced his release from the UFC and his intentions to take the rest of 2015 off. Welterweight Dhiego Lima came up just short of wi read news >>