How quickly things can change in just one year. After Houston Alexander knocked out Keith Jardine in his UFC debut, and followed that up with another devastating knockout of MMA veteran Alessio Sakara, most MMA enthusiasts thought that the UFC had found yet another talented fighter to add to their already deep light heavyweight division. However, as impressive as Alexander was in his two wins, he has been on the wrong side of the highlight reel in his last three bouts. Rumors circulated that the UFC would cut ties with Alexander, however the struggling fighter states that those rumors are simply not true.
“NO – I have not lost my UFC contract,” Alexander emphatically stated. “NO – I have not fired my coaching staff. NO – I am not going to step down and fight for smaller organizations. The loss [against Eric Schafer] 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.”
He makes a very legitimate point, as he has come a long way in such a short time. However Alexander will be turning 37 this March, and as the division continues to get younger better, an older and unproven Alexander might find himself as the odd man out.
He is doing all that he can to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“I have a lot to learn and am hoping to have everything straightened out before I enter the cage next time. So no worries, I am not going anywhere!,” proclaimed Alexander.
That may be true now, but the UFC is keeping the bus running in case there is a fourth consecutive “L.”