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Houston Alexander Keeps UFC 98 Injury Curse Alive

(Does Houston’s abdomen remind anybody else of Kuato? Photo courtesy of jhiner.)

Bad news for fans who wanted to see Houston Alexander‘s do-or-die, for-real-this-time fight against Andre Gusmao at UFC 98 (May 23rd, Las Vegas). As confirmed on, the Assassin has suffered a broken hand and has withdrawn from the match, making him the sixth big-name fighter to be scratched from the event. According to Fightlinker’s records, "Evans vs. Machida" is just one injury away from tying the all-time UFC record for unfortunate pull-outs, which is currently held by UFC 85. To recap the black cloud that has been hanging over UFC 98…

Frank Mir‘s knee problems postpone heavyweight title unification fight against Brock Lesnar to UFC 100 (3/6)
Quinton Jackson turns down offer to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 98 due to hand and jaw injuries (3/10)
Josh Koscheck pulls out of fight with Chris Wilson due to broken toe (4/7)
Yushin Okami tweaks his knee, bails out of his fight with Dan Miller (4/30)
Yet another knee injury takes James Irvin out of his fight against Drew McFedries (4/30)

And now this Houston Alexander thing. It’s enough to make you tear your damn hair out. Here’s what UFC 98′s tattered lineup currently looks like:

Main Card
Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida (for light-heavyweight title)
Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra (WW)
Drew McFedries vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam (MW)
Dan Miller vs. Chael Sonnen (MW)
Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar (LW)

Preliminary Card
Brock Larson vs. Chris Wilson (WW)
Pat Barry vs. Tim Hague (HW)
Phillipe Nover vs. Kyle Bradley (LW)
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Brandon Wolff (WW)
Dave Kaplan vs. George Roop (LW)
Andre Gusmao vs. TBA (LHW)

Note: James Irvin will now be competing at UFC 102 (August 29th, Portland, Oregon) against Wilson Gouveia. Gouveia was originally slated to face Chael Sonnen, until Sonnen stepped in to replace Yushin Okami against Dan Miller at UFC 98. That’s what’s known in the fight game as "flippy-floppy."

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JM- May 5, 2009 at 8:27 am
Sam Cassell called, he wants his skull back.
Justin- May 5, 2009 at 7:59 am
I was really looking forward to seeing both Houston and Irvin fight again....
Anonymous- May 5, 2009 at 5:59 am
so is the long face because of his broken hand or did he have other things emotionally affecting him?
G.reasyS.onofaP.up- May 5, 2009 at 1:47 am
Stop me if you've heard this one.....
Houston walks into a bar.
Bartender says, "Hey Houston, why the long face?"
D Boy- May 4, 2009 at 8:20 pm
Anonymous before you call people out you better know your shit, it was his daughter...JACKASS
Anonymous- May 4, 2009 at 8:08 pm
That's a scar from when he donated his kidney to his ill son. Have some respect you JACKASS.
Houston Alexander- May 4, 2009 at 8:06 pm
Nebraska's still in the house!
D Boy- May 4, 2009 at 6:56 pm
Kryzstof Soszynzki is booked to fill in Houston Alexanders place against Gusmao.
Redmoose- May 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm
Its all good, I got faith that UFC 98 will end up good. UFC 85 had similar problems and I ended up being very pleased with most the fights.
THE 1ST GUY- May 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm
sol- May 4, 2009 at 5:01 pm
id rather watch Phillipe Nover on the main card then Drew McFedries
theKnappyOne- May 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm
Your caption should have read, "I'm ready to fuck, but first I should warn you.. my donkey punch has knock-out power."
T Rex- May 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm

There are more fights on the undercard I'm interested than the main card.
devilmonkey- May 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm
BLAST! foiled by my animation inaccuracies and my unfortunate lack of google initiative.

But you're right, it's one of my favorite episodes.
Ample- May 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm
Houston was great in Coneheads......classic movie.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- May 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm
"devilmonkey Says:
Mon, 05/04/2009 - 13:58

his head looks like that Simpson's episode where Barry Bonds developed gigantism from roids."

It wasn't Barry Bonds or Roids... It was the softball episode where Mr. Burns gave his patented "nerve and brain tonic" to Ken Griffey Jr. who then developed gigantism... One of the best episodes ever...

Darryl... Darrrrryl.... Darrrrrrrryl!!!
hibbity hibbity- May 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm
his head looks like it might have an alien living inside of it. like the guy on mtv's oddities many years ago
Clyde- May 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm
Houston's head reminds me of the aliens from MST3K the movie. But not yellow obviously.
Big Shafty- May 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Houston's head is long like a jenga tower.
Theslothman- May 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm
@HF.......... hysterical.......Hughes IS an ALL TIME TOOL!
My money is on...- May 4, 2009 at 2:26 pm
TBA. You can never predict what he is going to do. He's elusive. He's unbeaten in the cage, and on the street. Gusmao's got nothin' for him.

SCM- May 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm
Lol at the head comments. All i know is that the Sports Science thing Houston did was hilarious. He went crazy.
Darwin- May 4, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Gettum Brock !
devilmonkey- May 4, 2009 at 1:58 pm
his head looks like that Simpson's episode where Barry Bonds developed gigantism from roids.
Houston Alexander- May 4, 2009 at 1:56 pm
Don't make me angry, Mr. McGee... you wouldn't like me when I'm angry. I bring up bad memories and then I cry. Then I smash people for seeing me in my vulnerable state.