Houston Alexander signs five-fight UFC contract extension

MMAPlayground.com » Community » MMA News Share Forum » Houston Alexander signs five-fight UFC contract extension
Twenty20Dollars
9/4/08 2:48:45PM
linkage
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.
Twenty20Dollars
9/4/08 2:50:18PM
Haha I hope he beats Eric at UFN 15 because it would suck to sign this 5 fight contract and then drop his 3rd straight fight. But i dont see houston losing that fight but it is mma and crazy things can happen.
gsquat
9/4/08 2:52:55PM
The UFC likes Houston because:

1: You know he's going to stand and brawl.

2: He's good for building up real stars. Visually he's impressive, so it gives uneducated fans a favorable impression of those who beat him.

3: Despite being completely one-dimensional, he's shown some promise.
grappler0000
9/4/08 2:53:30PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Haha I hope he beats Eric at UFN 15 because it would suck to sign this 5 fight contract and then drop his 3rd straight fight. But i dont see houston losing that fight but it is mma and crazy things can happen.



Although I thnk Houston will pull it off, it's a classic style vs style match...either way it goes, it won't leave the first round.
grappler0000
9/4/08 2:54:27PM

Posted by gsquat

The UFC likes Houston because:

1: You know he's going to stand and brawl.

2: He's good for building up real stars. Visually he's impressive, so it gives uneducated fans a favorable impression of those who beat him.

3: Despite being completely one-dimensional, he's shown some promise.



plus he has a good story.
RMFG_187
9/4/08 2:55:03PM
ive said this since thiago.

take away his last 2 fights, and hes arguably the most feared LHW out there. I really hope he gets back into the mix. Hopefully a future fight with Wandy. Would be the best 30 second fight anyone had ever seen.
emfleek
9/4/08 2:55:41PM

Posted by grappler0000


Posted by gsquat

The UFC likes Houston because:

1: You know he's going to stand and brawl.

2: He's good for building up real stars. Visually he's impressive, so it gives uneducated fans a favorable impression of those who beat him.

3: Despite being completely one-dimensional, he's shown some promise.



plus he has a good story.



Agreed on all accounts.

He brings it for every fight. That's good enough for me.
grappler0000
9/4/08 2:58:56PM

Posted by emfleek


Posted by grappler0000


Posted by gsquat

The UFC likes Houston because:

1: You know he's going to stand and brawl.

2: He's good for building up real stars. Visually he's impressive, so it gives uneducated fans a favorable impression of those who beat him.

3: Despite being completely one-dimensional, he's shown some promise.



plus he has a good story.



Agreed on all accounts.

He brings it for every fight. That's good enough for me.



Yep. Not to mention, I met him back at 77 and he was the most humble fighter I've met to date...it's hard not to like someone like that.
balack_o-bama
9/4/08 2:59:29PM
I believe he will take KenFlo's spots as "The King of FIght Night." IM glad they kept him around, hes exciting to watch even if he probally has reached his peak at 37 or 38.

I heard people say "he has a good story" what is it?
emfleek
9/4/08 3:01:49PM

Posted by balack_o-bama

I believe he will take KenFlo's spots as "The King of FIght Night." IM glad they kept him around, hes exciting to watch even if he probally has reached his peak at 37 or 38.

I heard people say "he has a good story" what is it?



He's a single father of 6 kids (?) I think.
emfleek
9/4/08 3:02:38PM

Alexander is a single father raising six children.

Houston donated one of his kidneys to his oldest daughter in 2000.


wiggum
9/4/08 3:05:34PM

Posted by RMFG_187

ive said this since thiago.

take away his last 2 fights, and hes arguably the most feared LHW out there. I really hope he gets back into the mix. Hopefully a future fight with Wandy. Would be the best 30 second fight anyone had ever seen.





uh no he wasnt....more feared than rampage, chuck etc? ....also, we cant take away his last two fights..hes been exposed and the "invincibility" is gone.....hes a one trick poney and its not a very good trick
Twenty20Dollars
9/4/08 3:07:20PM
I just want to see houston face rampage down the line if he can string some wins together.

Just think about that staredown and the crazy stand up brawl they would have.
Mchubb316
9/4/08 3:10:06PM
This is good news. The UFC needs guys like this in the org. He is an exciting fighter, and has a good story. I hope he wins his next fight, and puts on a good show.
Wolfenstein
9/4/08 4:27:45PM
He's exciting but his chin is really questionable. I like the guy. He has a real fiery attitude in the cage. The problem is he needs to be matched up with guys that aren't going to take him down.

I want to see Houston win his next fight but I don't see it happening. Houston looks terrible off his back and he's going up against a guy that has some pretty good wrestling and ju jitsu. Schafer was able to take Stephan Bonnar down so I'd imagine he should be able to take Houston down as well and finish it pretty quickly from there.

It's kind of funny that a guy who just got knocked out in record time is signing a five figt contract extension.
Zekeil
9/4/08 5:15:57PM

Posted by Mchubb316

This is good news. The UFC needs guys like this in the org. He is an exciting fighter, and has a good story. I hope he wins his next fight, and puts on a good show.



I like him to and not everyone can be champ but Houston comes to fight everytime.
I'm glad we get to see him for at least 5 more fights.
jakeiceman
9/4/08 5:49:59PM

Posted by gsquat

The UFC likes Houston because:

1: You know he's going to stand and brawl.

2: He's good for building up real stars. Visually he's impressive, so it gives uneducated fans a favorable impression of those who beat him.

3: Despite being completely one-dimensional, he's shown some promise.




Hmmm reminds me of the guy in your avatar
wolfman
9/4/08 6:10:57PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

I just want to see houston face rampage down the line if he can string some wins together.

Just think about that staredown and the crazy stand up brawl they would have.



It would be a one-sided affair that would last maybe one minute.....Wouldn't be much of a brawl. Quinton would own him.
JackHammerXXX
9/4/08 9:46:18PM
Being from Omaha,myself. I have to say that seeing Houston beat the s#%$ out of Jardine was spectacular. I didn't know about him fighting that card, until that night! When he came out with the Nebraska hat.....oh man...

I'm telling you, I thought he got caught(he really did, and still denied months after, to me, in person) and was done, but he got up and gave Keith a right from hell. And so, it was amazing, somewhat flukish, but only cuz Jardine didn't fight him seriously, wisely. Sakara, was and is, a bum, saw that coming. Thiago is a killer, and exposed Houston. Irvin was flukish cuz it was one punch, and it was just one of them things. By the way, Alexander didn't believe that punch either. I don't know if he just doesn't remember getting hit or what....?

I thought, and believed that the fight with Schafer was win or go, well stay home, it's in Omaha. Now, with 5 fights, he's got to have a clause in there saying if he gets knocked out, in the first round, two more times, he's done, or something. Dana loves the dads though, take care of your kids, and be a humble dude, most importantly, put on exciting fights, you'll have a home with the UFC.
I got Alexander, first round KO/TKO. Hopefully something good, send him to 92 against Silva, or Shogun. Hell, imagine Soko/Alexander?!,

Anybody think he should drop to 185? He comes in at 203,204.
Boo_Radley21
9/4/08 10:32:06PM

Posted by balack_o-bama

I believe he will take KenFlo's spots as "The King of FIght Night." IM glad they kept him around, hes exciting to watch even if he probally has reached his peak at 37 or 38.

I heard people say "he has a good story" what is it?



I thought Leben was king of fight night haha considering he fought at fight night 1-6 and also Florian vs Thomas
Related Topics