Razak Al-Hassan severely dislocated his finger at MMA Fight Pit:
“Genesis.” | Photo: Will Fox
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- When he’s at the top of his game, Houston
Alexander is known for his heavy hands.
That power was on display Saturday night in the main event of the
Fight Pit: Genesis, card as the Omaha, Neb., native floored
Al-Hassan once in each of the first two rounds of their
light-heavyweight fight at the Pit.
It wasn’t Alexander’s hands that ultimately proved to be
Al-Hassan’s undoing, however. Al-Hassan dislocated the middle
finger on his left hand in the second round. Prior to the final
frame, a doctor determined that the Milwaukee native couldn’t
continue, officially giving Alexander a technical knockout victory
after two rounds.
“At some point in the second round I could no longer make a fist
with my left hand [when] I was trying to throw my jab,” said
Al-Hassan, who couldn’t pinpoint an exact moment when the injury
occurred. “When I went back to my corner and looked down at my left
hand, I was like, ‘Oh crap.’ It was all mangled and rearranged. My
coach had the doctor come in a take a look at it. The doctor looked
at it, and I couldn’t fight with it.”
Al-Hassan was likely down on the judges’ scorecards heading into
the final frame. In the first round Alexander utilized a steady jab
and dropped the Red Schafer MMA product with a left hook. In the
second round Alexander clipped his opponent with a right hand that
momentarily sent him to the canvas.
“We took our time and we had great boxing -- used a new technique
and it worked. And conditioning I was not worried about,” Alexander
Not being able to showcase his stamina in New Mexico’s high
altitude was Alexander’s biggest disappointment about not being
able to go to a third round with Al-Hassan.
“We were actually gonna prove where the conditioning came in,” said
Alexander, who trains at Ryan Jensen’s
Premier Combat Sports in Omaha. “We were really in good shape.
[I’m] disappointed but it happens.”
In the evening’s co-main event, Jens Pulver
dusted off his left hand to take a technical knockout win over
local favorite Coty
Wheeler at 1:59 of the second round.
Pulver set the tone with a vicious left hook that dropped Wheeler
in the initial stanza, but the Mescalero, N.M., native was able to
get to his feet and survive the round.
In the second round, Pulver floored his opponent with another left,
but again the Jackson’s MMA product was able to get to his feet.
From there Pulver aggressively pursued the wobbly Wheeler as the
WEC veteran was in full retreat mode. The former UFC lightweight
champion was able to drop Wheeler again, and finished the bout with
a flurry of punches.
“I was just trying to dial in,” said Pulver, who
recently began training with Team Curran in Crystal Lake, Ill. “I
saw everything he was throwing. It was just trying to get my game
back and not panic and not want to get the hell out of there.
That’s really what was going through my head the whole time: Take
your time, land the big shot and see if he can take it … So then it
was just a matter of not getting crazy with the left, but I ain’t
hunted with that left in a while man, so it felt good.”
Pulver put a beating on Wheeler.
It was Pulver’s third win in his last four bouts, and the former
Miletich Fighting Systems representative believes his mind has
improved as much as his physical skills at this point in his
“I’ve just been working on the mental. I’m a mental idiot,” he
Wheeler was caught somewhat off guard by his opponent’s approach to
“We were planning for him to shoot in on me and for me to work my
ground game on him,” Wheeler said. “We kept standing and I actually
wanted to close the distance, get some real estate, and try to take
him down and try some flying submissions on him. He’s just a bad
Four other bouts made the pay-per-view portion of the card.
Jackson’s MMA product Tyler East
brought UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to
his corner against short-notice opponent Prince
McLean, and East took Jones’ cageside advice to heart in using
a barrage of vicious elbows to score a TKO victory over McLean at
1:33 of the opening frame.
“The Ultimate Fighter 11” alum Jamie Yager
caught decorated wrestler Willie
Parks in a guillotine choke early in the second round of their
middleweight encounter, forcing the Jackson’s MMA representative to
tap just 21 seconds into the period.
In the lone women’s bout of the night, Colorado native Diana Rael
took a split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) triumph over
Team Four Corners fighter Jacob Clark
forced a visibly exhausted Junie
Allen Browning to tap to strikes at 4:18 of their lightweight
encounter. Browning failed to make weight on Friday and ran out of
steam quickly against the Aztec, N.M., native.
In preliminary action, Ali Hanjani
surprised the previously unbeaten Sean
Spencer in their welterweight showdown, securing a triangle
choke at 1:41 of the first round to stop the Virginia native.
A failed attempt by Joshua
Montoya to take full mount resulted in an armbar submission
victory for Coppell, Texas, native Jason
Sampson at 2:38 of the first round of their bantamweight
Mean1 MMA’s Conrad
Padilla took a unanimous decision over Guy Youell.
All three judges scored the featherweight bout 29-28 in favor of
In the evening’s opening contest, Albuquerque’s Mark Lujan
appeared to turn his right ankle during a takedown by Jackson’s MMA
Ramirez and tapped at 2:38 of the opening round.