Houston Alexander, fresh off of his quick TKO of Keith Jardine, will return to the UFC this September to face Alessio Sakara on the London card.
Alexander came into his fight with Jardine at UFC 71 as not just an unknown who had never fought in the UFC but also one who was a massive underdog. Whether it was Alexander who stepped up or Jardine who took him too lightly Houston caught Jardine and pounded him until referee stoppage just 48 seconds into the first round. Alexander lost his first MMA fight and hasn’t looked back since winning 7 fights in a row without a loss.
Sakara debuted at UFC 55 in 2005 against Ron Faircloth. Sakara was kicked in the groin which resulted in a no contest. He bounced back with a win over Elvis Sinosic via unanimous decision. The success wouldnâ€™t continue as he would go on to drop his next 2 fights in the UFC to Dean Lister and Drew McFedries, both in the first round. At UFC 70 he added another win to his UFC record topping Victor Valimaki with a TKO in the first round.
Earlier this week rumors abounded that Alexander had made comments at a smaller MMA show that his next opponent would be Forrest Griffin although he has clarified that, while he is interested in a fight against Griffin, his fight with Sakara will be his next UFC fight.