- HOUSTON ALEXANDER WANTS A SLICE OF KIMBO

December 3, 2009
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by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
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Houston Alexander
will be Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson’s official welcoming party in the Ultimate
Fighting Championship when the two meet on Saturday at the Pearl at the Palms
in Las Vegas on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” finale.

 

Alexander usually competes
in the light heavyweight division, but the fight with Kimbo will take place at
a catchweight of 215 pounds. The 37-year-old fighter walks around at 208, but
doesn’t think size or weight will be a factor.

 

“As far as dealing
with anyone or fighting anyone that is heavier than me, I’ve been fighting guys
twice my size over the past 10 years, so it doesn’t matter if the guy is 250,
230, or 240. I’ve seen it and done it,” Alexander told href="http://www.mmaweekly.com/">MMAWeekly.com content partner
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“It don’t matter
what size. I’ve fought guys 300 pounds before. I’ve seen it and done it. You
don’t have that many fights without the experience with guys that are short,
tall, fat, and small.”

 

Stylistically,
both are strikers with knockout power not known for their ground games, but
Alexander doesn’t think the fight will play out as many envision.

 

“I think what’s
going to happen is probably going to surprise everybody,” said the father of
six. “I think it’s going to be a well thought out fight. I don’t think it’s
going to be the pounding of the two individuals like people think. I think it’s
actually going to be a well thought out fight with both camps actually having a
strategy.”

 

Kimbo, famous for
his Internet street fight videos, has been criticized from day one since making
the transition to professional mixed martial arts for his lack of experience
and the fast track to big paydays and fame. But Alexander isn’t buying into the
critics. He’s anticipating a different Kimbo than we’ve seen as mainly a
brawler.

 

“It’s a process.
I’ve seen fights where Kimbo actually throws knees and he actually attempted a
kick or two, so it’s a process. I’m sure he’s still getting better just like I
had to get better. I’m expecting something different from him because, again,
he’s still learning,” commented the Nebraskan.

 

Kimbo competed on
the tenth season of the UFC Spike TV reality show, losing his first fight to finalist
Roy Nelson, but his drawing power was evident when the episode drew the highest
ratings in the series’ history with 5.3 million viewers tuning in.

 

Questioned about
being a part of potentially one of the most ever viewed MMA bouts, Alexander
replied, “I’ve thought about that possibility and that will be kind of exciting
to happen because call it what you want, you can’t be mad at Kimbo for bringing
in the ratings.

 

“He made a name
for himself on the Internet. He’s got good promotions behind him, and he’s got
a great team down in Miami behind him. You can’t knock him for his hustle. This
could be one of the most watched MMA fights possibly ever. If that be the case,
I’ll be proud to be a part of it.”

 

Saturday marks
Kimbo’s official UFC debut. For Alexander, it will be his sixth bout inside the
Octagon.

 

(Click
here to watch Houston Alexander’s Ultimate Fighter finale pre-fight video interview.)

 

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