Houston Alexander works out in preparation for his bout against Alessio Sakara at UFC 75. Photo courtesy of Houston Alexander.
It looks like the UFC’s tentative March event is all but cancelled now that one of it’s potential main card fights has been moved to another card.
Powerful light heavyweight Houston Alexander will now take on fellow striker James Irvin at UFC Fight Night 13, which will take place at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado on Wednesday, April 2nd.
It will be the first time that the UFC has held an event in the state of Colorado since the first Ultimate Ultimate tournament in 1995.
Alexander came out of nowhere to knock off Keith Jardine at UFC 71 in May of last year. The win was considered a huge upset considering that Alexander was not well-known at the time. Alexander followed up with another impressive stoppage victory over former professional boxer Alessio Sakara at UFC 75.
Alexander’s rise to the top was halted when the Nebraska native ran into Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva at UFC 78 this past November. The Brazilian punished Alexander on the ground, eventually putting him to sleep with a flurry of punches from the mount position.
To say that James Irvin has had some bad luck lately is putting it lightly. After defeating Hector Ramirez in his return to the UFC, Irvin’s bout against Thiago Silva was stopped when the California native suffered a knee injury in the first round. Irvin recovered and looked to slug it out with Luis Cane at UFC 79 but ended up being knocked out with an illegal knee, ultimately winning by disqualification.
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