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Houston Alexander
Current VFC Light Heavyweight champion
Houston
Nickname "The Assassin"
Listed height 6 ft 0 in
Listed weight 203 lb
Reach 72 in
Division Light Heavyweight
Style Muay Thai
Born March 22, 1972 (1972-03-22) (age 45)
East St. Louis, Illinois, United States
Nationality U.S Flag American
Fighting out of Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Team Grudge Training Centre, HIT Squad
Organization Bellator MMA
Years active 2001-present

Houston Alexander (born March 22, 1972) is an American professional mixed martial artist, who fights as a light heavyweight and heavyweight. He is also a hip-hop artist from North Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Mixed martial arts career Edit

Alexander made his UFC debut at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007 against Keith Jardine. He knocked out Jardine in 48 seconds during the first round.[2]

He has since trained full-time; three times a day and seven days a week.[3]

Alexander then signed a new three-fight contract with the UFC. At UFC 75, Alexander beat Alessio Sakara.[4] 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.[5] 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[6] 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.[7] The loss was officially ruled as a TKO due to strikes,[8][9][10] although some sources list it as a KO.[11][12] This has generated some controversy as some fans felt that the fight was stopped too quickly.[13]

Alexander fought Eric "Red" Schafer at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.[14] After landing some effective knees early in the fight, Alexander lost the fight via arm triangle submission in the first round.[15]

Alexander was scheduled to face Andre Gusmao at UFC 98, but had to withdraw due to a broken hand suffered in training camp.

With the permission of the UFC, Alexander fought Sherman Pendergarst in a Heavyweight fight at Adrenaline MMA's Fourth Event.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] In his next fight, Alexander was KO'd by Veteran Gilbert Yvel four minutes into the first round.[21] Houston lost a unanimous decision to Jan Błachowicz at KSW XX on September 15, 2012. Marking his 3rd loss in a row.[22]

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.[23]

Alexander returned to Bellator MMA in April 2014, defeating Matt Uhde via doctor stoppage in round two.[24]

Television Edit

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.[25]

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.[1] Alexander has also been vocal about Omaha's lack of support for its hip hop artists.[26]

Personal life Edit

Alexander is a single father raising six children.[27]

Alexander donated one of his kidneys to his oldest daughter in 2000.[28] Template:-

Mixed martial arts record Edit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16-10 (2) Matt Uhde TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 117 02014-
April
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 18, 2014
2 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 15–10 (2) Vladimir Matyushenko Decision (unanimous) Bellator 99 02013-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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September 13, 2013
3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Win 15–9 (2) Chuck Grigsby KO (punch) Victory Fighting Championship 40 02013-
July
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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 02013-
March
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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March 30, 2013
1 1:01 Ralston, Nebraska, United States
Loss 13–9 (2) Jan Błachowicz Decision (unanimous) KSW XX 02012-
September
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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 02012-
March
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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March 30, 2012
1 3:59 Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Loss 13–7 (2) Steve Bossé KO (elbow) Instinct MMA 1 02011-
October
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 7, 2011
2 4:11 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 13–6 (2) Razak Al-Hassan TKO (doctor stoppage) MMA Fight Pit: Genesis 02011-
August
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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 02011-
June
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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June 25, 2011
3 0:26 Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Win 11–6 (2) Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou TKO (punches) Shark Fights 13 02010-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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 02010-
June
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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 02010-
March
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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 02010-
January
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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 02009-
December
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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 02009-
September
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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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 02008-
September
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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September 17, 2008
1 4:53 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 8–3 (1) James Irvin KO (punches) UFC Fight Night 13 02008-
April
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 2, 2008
1 0:08 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 8–2 (1) Thiago Silva TKO (punches) UFC 78 02007-
November
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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November 17, 2007
1 3:25 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–1 (1) Alessio Sakara TKO (knee and punches) UFC 75 02007-
September
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September 8, 2007
1 1:01 London, England, United Kingdom Knockout of the Night
Win 7–1 (1) Keith Jardine KO (punches) UFC 71 02007-
May
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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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 02007-
March
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
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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 02007-
March
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March 31, 2007
1 0:56 Sloan, Iowa, United States
Win 5–1 Demian Decorah Decision (unanimous) Downtown Destruction 1 02005-
January
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January 12, 2005
5 3:00 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 4–1 Brandon Quigley TKO (punches) Judgment Night 2 02004-
November
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November 3, 2004
1 0:41 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 3–1 Justin Butler KO (punches) Gladiators 20 02003-
March
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March 15, 2003
1 0:38 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 2–1 Chuck Purdow Submission (punches) Gladiators 17 02001-
August
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August 18, 2001
1 0:58 Hastings, Nebraska, United States
Win 1–1 Jamie Webb Submission (punches) Gladiators 16 02001-
June
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June 30, 2001
1 2:18 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss 0–1 Jason Medina Submission (arm-triangle choke) Extreme Challenge 40 02001-
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June 16, 2001
2 0:47 Springfield, Illinois, United States MMA Debut

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 (2007) Exclusive interview with Houston Alexander. MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 6/15/07.
  2. Brawl Sports: UFC 71 :: Houston Alexander vs. Keith Jardine. Retrieved on 2007-06-04.
  3. Style Wars: An exclusive interview with Houston Alexander at UFC blog for UFC news, results, videos, rumors, fights, pics and tickets — MMAmania.com
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  5. " UFC 83 in London; Houston Alexander Accepts Fight with James Irvin", MMAjunkie.com. January 10, 2008. Retrieved 1/18/08.
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  14. On September 17, 2008, Alexander fought Eric Schafer in front of his hometown Omaha, Nebraska crowd at UFN 15 | MMAjunkie.com
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  27. 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?
  28. MMA WEEKLY - Your #1 Source for Daily MMA News, Interviews, Multimedia, and More: - HOUSTON ALEXANDER IS ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE

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