Alexander Out of His UFC 98 Fight

Written by Tom Ngo
May 4th, 2009


With less than three weeks until game time, the injury bug continues to haunt May 23rd’s UFC 98 show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Light heavyweight Houston Alexander will be forced to withdraw from his bout against Andre Gusmao due to a broken hand.

The UFC posted Alexander’s status on their official Twitter account, and also confirmed they are scouring the globe in search of his replacement.

Alexander exploded onto the UFC scene back in 2007. He started his Octagon career by putting Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara to sleep, however currently has his head on the chopping block after posting three consecutive losses to the likes of Thiago Silva, James Irvin and Eric Schafer.

Earlier this month, controversial welterweight Josh Koscheck and James Irvin announced they would be forced to pull out of their respective UFC 98 bouts due to injuries as well.

As of now, here is the lineup the fans inside of the MGM Grand Garden will play witness to:

Preliminary Bouts:

Andre Gusmao vs. TBD
Chris Wilson vs. Brock Larson
David Kaplan vs. George Roop
Brandon Wolff vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Kyle Bradley vs. Phillipe Nover
Pat Barry vs. Tim Hague

Main Bouts:

Xavier Foupa-Pokam vs. Drew McFedries
Frank Edgar vs. Sean Sherk
Dan Miller vs. Chael Sonnen
Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra
Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)

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