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Houston Alexander/James Irvin Fight Booked for UFC 83

MMAJunkie has learned that UFC 83 — likely to go down March 8th in London — will feature the return of Houston “The Assassin” Alexander, who has accepted a fight with James Irvin. Alexander is coming off a loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 78, his first defeat since his pro debut in June 2001. Irvin (13-4, 3-3 UFC) recently fought in the undercard of UFC 79, taking a win by disqualification after Luis Cane kneed him in the head while he was on the ground; he also made Terry Martin look like a bitch at UFC 54.

No offense to the journeyman skills of James Irvin, but this matchup proves that the UFC wants to get Alexander back on the winning track — preferably with another first-round knockout, like he had against Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara in his first two fights in the Octagon. Between his aggressive style and touching personal story (single father, six kids, donated kidney, yada yada), UFC fans love the Assassin, and were bummed when Silva exposed his lack of a ground game and GnP’d his lights out. Putting Alexander up against Irvin basically means handing him the “Knockout of the Night” bonus on a silver platter. Why else would James Irvin get a fight so quickly, after his non-performance last month? And here’s a question — is Thiago Silva being punished by the UFC for derailing Houston Alexander‘s hype train and delaying his path to a title shot? Houston’s getting another fight, and James freakin’ Irvin is getting another fight only two months and change after his last one. But you don’t hear much about Thiago lately…

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sandman relative- January 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm
The sandman has an amazing ability to use his legs, (hence that great flying knee kick), he is very very dedicated to his skills. He has trained from around the world with masters.
Nate- January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm
I think both guys are just two sluggers that suck at grappling. Both guys hit hard, so it could go either way.

Actually Terry Martin was making James Irvin look like a bitch for the entire first round before he took the flying knee.

Lastly it sucks when decent sites goes to shit with commentary by dumb shits doing mama jokes unrelated to the post.
BIG CHRIS- January 10, 2008 at 9:13 pm
You and your mother are a lot alike....I just hope you don't have the same lower back tattoo that she does....cause that would be kinda gay....
BIG CHRIS- January 10, 2008 at 9:11 pm
Ask your mother Chris she knows how old I am....and it's funny cause she was applauding me too....she called me the King also....
Chris- January 10, 2008 at 8:57 pm
Yes, you are -the- insult king. I applaud you. How old are you anyway? Actually I don't need an answer to that one.
BIG CHRIS- January 10, 2008 at 6:56 pm
Now Go back to the corner I left you on and make me that money Ho....before you feel the wrath of my pimp hand once again!!!
BIG CHRIS- January 10, 2008 at 6:55 pm
Hey thanks man!!! You know Chris That means a lot coming from a guy like you....
Chris- January 10, 2008 at 5:53 pm
BIG CHRIS, Please stop posting here. You're a disgrace.
BIG CHRIS- January 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm
Yeah but THe Sandman won't be able to do some flying knee in the second round when he gets knocked out in round 1.....I pick Houston in the first 30 seconds of Round 1!!
andrew- January 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm
haha na i think houston will take this, he'll be back with an unbelievable fire burning under his ass
godzillad- January 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm
Irvin by KO.
TitoG- January 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm
Irvin has got some heavy hands. I wouldn't be surprised if he KOs Houston. Also I wouldn't say he made Martin look like a bitch, Martin whooped his ass the whole first round of the fight. Second round Martin came out and shot right into that sweet flying knee.