MMAWeekly.com on Thursday spoke with light heavyweight Houston Alexander, who faced Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson at "The Ultimate Fighter" season 10 finale on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas. In a fight widely criticized by fans and UFC president Dana White, Alexander talks about his thoughts on the experience and his future in the sport.
(This is part one of an exclusive two-part interview with Houston Alexander.)
MMAWeekly: Let’s start from the beginning. How did you feel going into the fight and what were your expectations going in versus what happened?
Alexander: I felt really good going into the fight. My coaches said this was the most prepared I’d been for a fight. Even I was going through a lot of... cause what I do, I visualize a lot. Right before the fight, I went down to the auditorium, and I felt myself coming out and going down the walkway, so I felt really good. I’ve probably never felt as good as I did coming into this fight.
MMAWeekly: You paused there for a second. Were there any distractions leading up to this camp?
Alexander: No, there were no distractions. I’ve been doing this for 10 years, so I was real relaxed and I was well prepared for this fight. It was not that I wasn’t prepared, I was prepared to a T.
MMAWeekly: What about your cardio? Most of your fights have ended really quickly, and obviously you went the distance and both of you looked exhausted. I think that’s where some fans criticized your performance. Were you prepared for three rounds?
Alexander: It’s funny, because no one’s in there with us doing the actual fighting. You’ve got a lot of people doing this talk about, ‘aw, this guy’s cardio.’ I could have went another round, to be honest. I could have went a couple more rounds. You have to fight through fatigue, and it was more of a mental thing than anything. You’re exhausted because you’re mentally exhausted. I don’t think it was that we were both exhausted; fighters think about the fight constantly, and when it’s finally over, it’s over. My thing was more relief than anything.LINK