The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently inked light heavyweight Houston Alexander to a new five-fight contract extension, locking-in the services of the hard-hitting Nebraskan slugger well into 2009 if the promotion decides to keep him on the roster, according to WrestlingObserver.com.

Alexander was relatively unknown to the masses until he burst onto the scene with two destructive performances inside the Octagon, taking out top contender Keith Jardine in his debut back at UFC 71: "Liddell vs. Jackson" in May 2007 and then crumbling Alessio Sakara at UFC 75: "Champion vs. Champion" less than four months later.

"The Nebraskan Assassin," however, quickly returned to Earth with back-to-back losses to Thiago Silva and James Irvin. In fact, Alexander didn't last more than four minutes combined in those two bouts.

Despite his recent struggles, Alexander remains a fan favorite and a crowd pleaser win or lose. That's more than likely the reason the promotion made the decision to keep him around.

He will have his opportunity to get back on the winning track against Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Eric Schafer at UFC Fight Night 15 in front of a hometown crowd at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha. Neb., on September 17.

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