by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
After a stunning upset of Keith Jardine, light heavyweight upstart Houston Alexander will make his return to the Octagon. The heavy-handed striker from Nebraska will head over to the United Kingdom to take on Alessio Sakara at UFC 75, as confirmed by Alexander’s trainer, Mick Doyle.
Alexander has been rumored to fight a number of different opponents, but Sakara is the choice the UFC has put in front of him and his camp gladly accepted the challenge. Alexander has been focused on weight training since the fight with Jardine as he normally walks around at 205 lbs. and his camp feels like putting on some extra weight now and then cutting to 205 will help his muscle strength in future bouts.
Sakara has had an up and down career since coming to the UFC, posting a 2-2 record with one no contest. This match-up with Alexander could be a make or break fight for Sakara if he hopes to maintain exposure in the Octagon.
Also confirmed to MMAWeekly is that Houston Alexander just re-upped with the UFC for a new three fight deal that will start with this fight. Alexander had a standard three fight deal with the UFC going into his fight with Jardine, but after such a successful debut the organization started the contract over again and the fight with Sakara will be the first of the new deal.
The fight with Sakara is currently slated to be a main card bout for the event taking place in England on Sept. 8.
Bouts already announced for UFC 75:
Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Hednerson
Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Cheick Kongo
Rumored participants, not announced by the UFC: