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
“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
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
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,
Ellenberger and Jason Brilz,
he feels confident about facing Al-Hassan anywhere the fight
“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.”