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Alexander, Irvin to Rematch at Shark Fights


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Former UFC light heavyweights Houston Alexander and James Irvin have agreed to meet again nearly three years after their eight-second encounter, this time in a featured bout at Shark Fights 14 on March 11 in Lubbock, Texas.

Alexander announced the bout on Twitter earlier today.

The two originally met at UFC Fight Night 13 in March 2008, where Irvin knocked down Alexander with the first punch he threw and followed up with a flurry that caused the end of the fight in just eight seconds, which was then a UFC record for the fastest finish.

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Sylvia and Alexander to Co-Headline Updated Adrenaline IV Fight Card


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Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and heavy-handed fan-favorite Houston Alexander will co-headline Monte Cox’s “Adrenaline MMA IV” show, which is slated to take place on September 18 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The event will be televised live in North America on HDNet. UFC veterans Chad Reiner, Forrest Petz,  and Joe Vedepo will also compete on the event’s televised main card.

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Quick Hits: Alexander, Sylvia to Headline Adrenaline III, UFC Undisputed News & More


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— Monte Cox will likely hold his fourth “Adrenaline MMA” show on September 18 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The card is expected to feature some familiar names in the form of UFC veterans Houston Alexander, who is being permitted to take a tune-up fight in a smaller show, former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, and Jeremy Horn. A venue for the event has not yet been secured. [NWI.com]

— “UFC Undisputed”, the hit video game put out by the UFC and THQ, will be headed to the Nintendo Wii early next year. THQ CEO Brian Farrell revealed the news during a recent conference call with the media. “UFC Undisputed” has sold over two million copies on the XBOX 360 and PS3 platforms since its release this past spring. [MMA Junkie]

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Alexander Injured, Forced Out of UFC 98 Bout


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The injury bug as continued to riddle UFC 98 of some of its biggest draws. Just days after Yushin Okami and James Irvin were replaced by Chael Sonnen and Xavier Foupa-Pokam in their respective bouts, fan favorite Houston Alexander has been forced out of his light heavyweight matchup against Andre Gusmao as well.

From the UFC’s new Twitter account:

Houston Alexander broke his hand. A new light heavyweight opponent for Andre Gusmao at UFC 98 to be announced quickly.

Not included with the aforementioned fighters was Josh Koscheck, who withdrew from a welterweight bout against Chris Wilson after suffering a foot injury during training. The event seems cursed in a way. Credit goes to the UFC though for replacing the injured participants with quality names that will still be able to draw interest.

Houston Alexander Remains With UFC


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Despite the strong possibility that he would be released from the UFC following his third consecutive loss at the hands of Eric Schafer last month in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, Houston Alexander has revealed that he remains on the active roster.

From his blog on Fight! Magazine’s official website:

People keep asking me what my plans are, they have read things all over the internet about my future with the UFC and how I am firing my coaching staff. So I thought I would address the rumors and my upcoming plans.

NO – I have not lost my UFC contract. NO – I have not fired my coaching staff. NO – I am not going to step down and fight for smaller organizations.

The loss last month was tough, but life goes on.  People need to remember that I have only been fighting professionally for a year and a half.  I have made great strides during that time, as well as faced some setbacks.  My training will continue and we are looking at visiting some of the larger camps for additional training and strategy for my next fight.  I have a lot to learn and am hoping to have everything straightened out before I enter the cage next time.

After three straight losses, one would think that the UFC would potentially throw Alexander a bone in his next fight and attempt to have him work his way back up the light heavyweight ladder against a lesser opponent. Examples: Brad Morris or James Lee.

UFC Fight Night 15 Live Results

We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with live results of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 15 event, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. The broadcast of the show’s main card starts at 8 PM ET on Spike TV and will be followed by the eighth season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

The event is headlined by Nate Diaz taking on Josh Neer. Mac Danzig will face fan-favorite Clay Guida in the co-main event. Additional featured bouts include Nebraska native Houston Alexander against Eric Schafer and Alan Belcher meeting Ed Herman.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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Video Hype: UFC Fight Night 15

Here’s some preview videos for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 15, courtesy of NBC Sports. Nate Diaz and Josh Neer talk about their main event fight in the above video. Previews of Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida, Houston Alexander vs. Eric Schafer, and Alan Belcher vs. Ed Herman are after the jump.

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UFC Fight Night 15 Weigh-In Results


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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 15, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event is headlined by Nate Diaz taking on Josh Neer. Mac Danzig will face fan-favorite Clay Guida in the co-main event. Additional featured bouts include Nebraska native Houston Alexander against Eric Schafer and Alan Belcher meeting Ed Herman.

Main Card:

Josh Neer (155 lbs) vs. Nate Diaz (155 lbs)
Mac Danzig (155 lbs) vs. Clay Guida (155 lbs)
Houston Alexander (205 lbs) vs. Eric Schafer (205 lbs)
Alan Belcher (185 lbs) vs. Ed Herman (185 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Joe Lauzon (155 lbs) vs. Kyle Bradley (155 lbs)
Ryan Jensen (185 lbs) vs. Wilson Gouveia (185 lbs)
Drew McFedries (185 lbs) vs. Mike Massenzio (185 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (185 lbs) vs. Joe Vedepo (185 lbs)
Rob Kimmons (185 lbs) vs. Dan Miller (185 lbs)
Brad Morris (205 lbs) vs. Jason Brilz (205 lbs)

Report: Alexander Signs Extension With UFC


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Upstart light heavyweight contender Houston Alexander has reportedly signed a five-fight contract extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship according to the latest print edition of Dave Meltzer‘s Wrestling Observer.

The first fight of Alexander’s new deal will likely take place on September 17, when he takes on Eric Schafer one of the featured main card bouts at UFC Fight Night 15, which takes place in Alexander’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Despite the signing an extension, a loss to Schafer could send Alexander out of the UFC pretty quickly under the organization’s new policy of releasing fighters that have lost two or three fights in a row. Since knocking off Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara in his first two UFC fights, Alexander has fallen in his last two.

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Report: Two Bouts Set for UFC Fight Night 14


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A pair of fights between a quartet of fighters desperately seeking a win have reportedly been signed for the yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night 14 on September 17th.

Hard-hitting light heavyweight upstart Houston Alexander will return to action against Eric Schafer, who took the first half of this year as an opportunity to fight in smaller shows and bounce back from recent losses in the UFC according to our friends at MMA Junkie.

After surprising many in winning his first two UFC fights in dominant fashion, Alexander has lost his last two bouts. He most recently was the victim of a first-round knockout at the hands of James Irvin, just eight seconds into the fight. Irvin’s knockout tied the UFC record for the organization’s fastest finish in history.

Schafer picked up a pair of victories in separate Gladiators Fighting Series shows earlier this year. He bursted onto the UFC scene with an impressive submission win over Rob MacDonald but has since dropped his last two bouts in the Octagon, losing to Michael Bisping and Stephan Bonnar respectively.

Exciting middleweights Ed Herman and Alan Belcher will also reportedly collide at the event according to MMA Mania.

After dropping his first two UFC bouts, Herman went on to rack up three straight victories, including an impressive knockout of veteran Joe Doerksen, before ultimately being defeated by submission expert Demian Maia last month. Belcher snapped a two-fight winning streak in losing to Canadian newcomer Jason Day in April, lowering the Biloxi, Mississippi native to an even .500 record inside the confines of the UFC.

The event is expected to precede the debut of the upcoming eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV.

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