|Current VFC Light Heavyweight champion|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in|
|Listed weight||203 lb|
|Born|| March 22, 1972|
East St. Louis, Illinois, United States
|Fighting out of||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Team||Grudge Training Centre, HIT Squad|
Mixed martial arts career Edit
He has since trained full-time; three times a day and seven days a week.
Alexander then signed a new three-fight contract with the UFC. At UFC 75, Alexander beat Alessio Sakara. Just like his previous fight, Sakara threw a couple of early shots before Alexander countered with close-contact strikes. "The way I was taught was that all your strength is inside versus outside,” Alexander said before the fight of his explosive ability when close to an opponent. "My short strikes are really, really good, and that’s from lifting weights and doing a lot of reps."
At UFC 78 Alexander faced then undefeated contender Thiago Silva. Silva won by TKO after the referee stopped the fight at 3:25 in the first round. In the fight Silva achieved mounted position on top of Alexander and landed punches until the referee called a stop to the contest. Many people have criticized Alexander's ground defense.
On April 2, 2008, Alexander fought "The Sandman" James Irvin as the first fight on the televised portion of UFC Fight Night: Kenny Florian vs Joe Lauzon in Broomfield, Colorado. Irvin led off with a superman punch to the jaw that knocked Alexander down. He followed with three more devastating punches to the face that appeared to render him temporarily unconscious and Steve Mazzagatti rushed in to stop the fight. Alexander immediately got to his feet and protested the quick stoppage. The 8 second knockout tied the record for the fastest knockout in the UFC alongside Don Frye's Knockout at UFC 8. The loss was officially ruled as a TKO due to strikes, although some sources list it as a KO. This has generated some controversy as some fans felt that the fight was stopped too quickly.
Alexander fought Eric "Red" Schafer at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. After landing some effective knees early in the fight, Alexander lost the fight via arm triangle submission in the first round.
With the permission of the UFC, Alexander fought Sherman Pendergarst in a Heavyweight fight at Adrenaline MMA's Fourth Event. Alexander defeated Pendergarst using leg kicks followed by knees from the Muay Thai Clinch and strikes on the ground.
Alexander made his return to the UFC at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale against Kimbo Slice at a catchweight of 215 pounds. Alexander was defeated by Kimbo Slice by unanimous decision in a bout that many thought would not make it out of the first round. The fight was characterized by Alexander circling away from Kimbo instead of directly engaging him. While the first and third rounds were largely spent at a distance, the most spectacular moment of the fight arguably came in the second round when Slice administered a suplex.
Shortly following the loss, Alexander was cut from the UFC after losing four straight inside the octagon. His overall record with the UFC is 2–4.
Following his cut from the UFC, Alexander then fought Joey Beltran at 5150 Combat League's "New Year's Revolution" on January 16, 2010, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Alexander lost via TKO (Strikes) at 3:49 in the 2nd round. Alexander then faced Justin Grizzard. The fight ended in a no contest due to a eye poke. On June 11, 2010, Alexander defeated David Griffin by unanimous decision before getting a 2nd round TKO over "The African Assassin" Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou on September 11th. In Alexander's next two fights, he faced Brian Albin and Razak Al-Hassan. He finished both fights via TKO.
Houston Alexander made his debut in Canada against Steve Bossé on October 7, 2011. Alexander was knocked by a standing elbow to the jaw in round two. In his next fight, Alexander was KO'd by Veteran Gilbert Yvel four minutes into the first round. Houston lost a unanimous decision to Jan Błachowicz at KSW XX on September 15, 2012. Marking his 3rd loss in a row.
Houston got back in the win collum with two KO/TKO wins over Dennis Reed and Chuck Grigsby in the Victory Fighting Championship organization. Alexander made his debut in Bellator MMA on September 13, 2013, against Vladimir Matyushenko. Alexander lost a unanimous decision.
Alexander made an appearance on the Fox Sports Network's "Sports Science" in 2009.
Music career Edit
Alexander, aka Scrib, Cone-Dome, or FAS/ONE, has long been a bastion of Omaha's underground hip hop scene. In the 1980s he led a hip hop movement in North Omaha called the Scribble Crew as an alliance of graffiti writers who developed a reputation as the top tag artists in the area. The art stands today at 24th and Binney Streets and 16th and Corby Streets among other North Omaha locations, and is still respected by the community. His Midwest Alliance act was active through the 1990s and into the new millennium, and is seen as influential on the Omaha scene.
Today Alexander is a DJ on KOPW 106.9, a local radio station in Plattsmouth. He hosts an independent music show featuring hip hop and facilitates an elementary school program called the "Culture Shock School Tour" which teaches students about hip hop. Alexander has also been vocal about Omaha's lack of support for its hip hop artists.
Personal life Edit
Alexander is a single father raising six children.
Mixed martial arts record Edit
|Professional record breakdown|
|5||0 wins||0 losses|
|Win||16-10 (2)||Matt Uhde||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 117||April 18, 2014||2||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||15–10 (2)||Vladimir Matyushenko||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 99||September 13, 2013||3||5:00||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||15–9 (2)||Chuck Grigsby||KO (punch)||Victory Fighting Championship 40||July 27, 2013||4||1:39||Ralston, Nebraska, United States||Won VFC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||14–9 (2)||Dennis Reed||TKO (punches)||Victory Fighting Championship 39||March 30, 2013||1||1:01||Ralston, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||13–9 (2)||Jan Błachowicz||Decision (unanimous)||KSW XX||September 15, 2012||3||5:00||Gdańsk, Poland||For the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||13–8 (2)||Gilbert Yvel||KO (punch)||RFA 2: Yvel vs. Alexander||March 30, 2012||1||3:59||Kearney, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||13–7 (2)||Steve Bossé||KO (elbow)||Instinct MMA 1||October 7, 2011||2||4:11||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||13–6 (2)||Razak Al-Hassan||TKO (doctor stoppage)||MMA Fight Pit: Genesis||August 13, 2011||2||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||12–6 (2)||Brian Albin||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Caged In The Coliseum: Albin vs Alexander||June 25, 2011||3||0:26||Jackson, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||11–6 (2)||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||TKO (punches)||Shark Fights 13||September 11, 2010||2||1:31||Amarillo, Texas, United States||Fight of the Night & Knockout of the Night|
|Win||10–6 (2)||David Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||UFA 1: The Clash at the Coliseum||June 11, 2010||3||5:00||Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|N.C||9–6 (2)||Justin Grizzard||NC (eye poke)||Extreme Challenge: The Aftermath||March 27, 2010||2||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States||Alexander poked Grizzard in the eye|
|Loss||9–6 (1)||Joey Beltran||TKO (punches)||5150 Combat League/XFL: New Year's Revolution||January 16, 2010||2||3:49||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States||For the 5150 Combat League Heavyweight Title|
|Loss||9–5 (1)||Kimbo Slice||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale||December 5, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fought at catchweight of 215 lb|
|Win||9–4 (1)||Sherman Pendergarst||TKO (leg kicks and punches)||Adrenaline MMA IV: Sylvia vs. Riley||September 18, 2009||1||1:51||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States||Fought at Heavyweight|
|Loss||8–4 (1)||Eric Schafer||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer||September 17, 2008||1||4:53||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||8–3 (1)||James Irvin||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night 13||April 2, 2008||1||0:08||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||8–2 (1)||Thiago Silva||TKO (punches)||UFC 78||November 17, 2007||1||3:25||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||8–1 (1)||Alessio Sakara||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC 75||September 8, 2007||1||1:01||London, England, United Kingdom||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||7–1 (1)||Keith Jardine||KO (punches)||UFC 71||May 26, 2007||1||0:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||UFC Debut|
|N.C||6–1 (1)||Todd Allee||NC (illegal knees)||Extreme Challenge 76||March 31, 2007||1||3:23||Sloan, Iowa, United States||Alexander delivered downed knees to Allee|
|Win||6–1||Jon Murphy||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 76||March 31, 2007||1||0:56||Sloan, Iowa, United States|
|Win||5–1||Demian Decorah||Decision (unanimous)||Downtown Destruction 1||January 12, 2005||5||3:00||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–1||Brandon Quigley||TKO (punches)||Judgment Night 2||November 3, 2004||1||0:41||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–1||Justin Butler||KO (punches)||Gladiators 20||March 15, 2003||1||0:38||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–1||Chuck Purdow||Submission (punches)||Gladiators 17||August 18, 2001||1||0:58||Hastings, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||1–1||Jamie Webb||Submission (punches)||Gladiators 16||June 30, 2001||1||2:18||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Jason Medina||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Extreme Challenge 40||June 16, 2001||2||0:47||Springfield, Illinois, United States||MMA Debut|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 (2007) Exclusive interview with Houston Alexander. MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 6/15/07.
- ↑ Brawl Sports: UFC 71 :: Houston Alexander vs. Keith Jardine. Retrieved on 2007-06-04.
- ↑ Style Wars: An exclusive interview with Houston Alexander at UFC blog for UFC news, results, videos, rumors, fights, pics and tickets — MMAmania.com
- ↑ Alexander Inks New Deal; UFC 75 Fight To Be Broadcast | UFC Daily
- ↑ " UFC 83 in London; Houston Alexander Accepts Fight with James Irvin", MMAjunkie.com. January 10, 2008. Retrieved 1/18/08.
- ↑ Mike Sloan (2008-04-03). Florian Halts Lauzon; Maynard, Diaz Also Win. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-02-21.
- ↑ Ken Pishna (2008-04-02). UFC FIGHT NIGHT 13: FLORIAN BRINGS THE BIG GUNS. MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on 2008-04-07. Retrieved on 2009-02-21.
- ↑ Dann Stupp and Bruce Huckfeldt (2008-04-02). UFC Fight Night 13 Live Results. MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved on 2009-02-21.
- ↑ UFC Fight Night Kenny Florian vs Joe Lauzon. UFC.com (2008-04-02). Retrieved on 2009-02-21.
- ↑ Michael David Smith (2008-04-02). James Irvin TKOs Houston Alexander in 8 Seconds: Fastest Knockout in UFC History. Fanhouse. Retrieved on 2009-02-21.
- ↑ UFC FIGHT NIGHT 13 LIVE RESULTS FROM COLORADO. MMAWeekly.com (2008-04-02). Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved on 2009-02-21.
- ↑ Fight Finder - UFC - Fight Night 13. Sherdog.com (2008-04-02). Retrieved on 2009-02-21.
- ↑ Michael David Smith (2008-04-05). Steve Mazzagatti Deserves Credit for Stopping James Irvin-Houston Alexander UFC Fight. Fanhouse. Retrieved on 2009-02-21.
- ↑ On September 17, 2008, Alexander fought Eric Schafer in front of his hometown Omaha, Nebraska crowd at UFN 15 | MMAjunkie.com
- ↑ http://www.sportsline.com/mmaboxing/story/10982973
- ↑ http://mmajunkie.com/news/15803/tim-sylvia-headlines-adrenaline-mma-iv-against-jason-riley-on-sept-18-in-iowa.mma.
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- ↑ Houston Alexander TKOs Sokoudjou in Shark Fights 13 Brawl. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on September 12, 2010.
- ↑ Steve Bosse vs Houston Alexander: Retired Pro Hockey enforcer knockout video of UFC veteran. October 9, 2011.
- ↑ RFA 2 Results: Gilbert Yvel Resurrected at 205. mmaweekly.com. Retrieved on March 31, 2012.
- ↑ KSW 20 Results: Blachowicz And Pudzianowski Victorious. prommanow.com. Retrieved on September 16, 2012.
- ↑ Bellator 99 results: Patricio Freire stops Diego Nunes in first. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved on September 14, 2013.
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/events/Bellator-MMA-Bellator-117-35267
- ↑ (1999) Midwest Alliance - Rockin' the B-Boy Language. The Reader. 3/19/99. Retrieved 6/25/07.
- ↑ Losa, J. (2006) "On the Town: Fans Should Support Local Hip-Hop." Omaha World-Herald. 11/2/06. Retrieved 7/1/07.
- ↑ You’re a UFC fighter, a radio DJ, a hip hop lecturer and enthusiast, and a single dad of six children. What’s it like balancing all that?
- ↑ MMA WEEKLY - Your #1 Source for Daily MMA News, Interviews, Multimedia, and More: - HOUSTON ALEXANDER IS ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE
- Exclusive interview with Houston Alexander at www.fightticker.com-http://fightticker.com/story_0624081730_qa_houston_alexander