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Houston Alexander Booked for Do-or-Die Match

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(Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

We give the UFC props for not shredding Houston Alexander’s contract as soon as he took his second consecutive first-round knockout loss last month against James Irvin, but even the most compassionate among us would agree — if it happens again, he’ll be heading out the door. D-Day for “The Assassin” is now looking like September 17th; MMA Junkie reports that Alexander has agreed to a bout against Eric Schafer at UFC Fight Night 14. Schafer made his Octagon debut at UFC 62 with a submission win over Rob MacDonald, but lost his next two bouts via TKO to Michael Bisping and Stephan Bonnar. “Red” has since rallied in the Gladiators Fighting Series organization, where he’s posted back-to-back wins. Alexander had reportedly been offered several fights in August and September before settling on the Schafer matchup.

In other UFC fight-booking news, MMAMania passes along a rumor that a middleweight match between Ed Herman and Alan Belcher will also be on the UFN 14 card. Both men are coming off losses, to Demian Maia and Jason Day, respectively. And speaking of middleweights, a fight between Alessio Sakara and Rob Yundt has been added to the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter 7 finale on June 21st. Rob Yundt lost his Octagon debut to Ricardo Almeida at UFC 81 after taking the fight on very short notice. Sakara is 3-4 with one no-contest in the UFC, and was most recently dropped by Chris Leben at UFC 82.

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sol- May 22, 2008 at 8:19 pm
I remember when my mate was nut-hugging houston leading into the Silva match and i said that Silva would win in the first round. Love being right, but for me the greatest moment in ufc in 2008 so far is Houston Alexander getting superman punched.
Boneman- May 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm
If you looked up "One Dimensional Fighter" in the MMA dictionary....

There would be be big-head alexander...

Hey Houston...gain some weight and fight the likes of Heath Herring!
Marley Marl- May 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm
I like Houston he's a good guy, I hope he can get a win.
Old, Bald and Irish- May 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm
Whoops...forgot to mention the 7:54 mark of the video where Yundt's opponent is completely asleep, the dumb ref doesn't stop the fight and Yundt keeps bombing the poor dude's torso with his knee.

Old, Bald and Irish- May 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm

....I love this guy. He's got an awesome highlight real:

(I promise, this does not link to a "Rick Roll")

Check out the crazy fight at the 4:32 mark.

He's fast, agile, strong, has great wrestling and killer takedowns. I give him a lot of credit for taking the fight against Almeida. How much prep time did he have: two weeks? And let's face it: Almeida is a warrior. He's a tough challenge for ANYBODYS first UFC bout.

Keep your eye on him. I think this guy has some skills. And he's from Alaska, so you know he's got nothing to lose and he probably wrestles bears.
VEe- May 22, 2008 at 2:47 pm
Too bad for Houston Alexander. He's great to watch win or lose just like Wanderlei. The only difference with Alexander is his inability to make it past the first round in his previous losses. The real good news for both Alexander and Wanderlei is if they both drop their next UFC fight and subsequently are ousted from the organization they will be able to possibly earn more money fighting more frequently in other organizations or more fighting in bigger organizations.

If they are to return to the UFC, they may be able to negotiate for more money.