by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Houston Alexander disposed of Keith Jardine in his UFC debut at UFC 71, and plans to do the same to his second UFC opponent, Alessio Sakara, Saturday night at UFC 75 in London, England.
“I’ve been training three times a day, even after the Jardine fight, about a day or so after the Jardine fight, and haven’t stopped training since then, so this gentleman coming up might be in trouble. I’ll probably look a lot leaner and probably a little more powerful than I did in the first fight,” Houston Alexander told MMAWeekly.
Asked about the match up with Sakara, and whether he may want to take the fight to the ground, Alexander said, “I’m not for sure. I think whatever Sakara gives me, that’s what I’ll go with. I mean if the guy wants to wrestle, or do anything that requires any type of ground anything, I think I’ll be ready. My ground game is as good as just about anybody in the UFC. I think I’ll be ready for whatever any opponent brings to me, and if this guys particularly wants to stand up, we can stand up. If he wants to kick, we can kick. It all depends on what the opponent gives me, so whatever he gives me we can go with.”
He added, “No one wants to see it go to the ground. It would be great for us to stand up the whole time and pound each other because that’s what the fans want to see. They really rarely like to see something go to the ground unless there’s something exciting when you’re on the ground pounding the guy. I think the fans want to see people slug it out. That’s my personal opinion.”
Alexander’s first fight with Jardine lasted only 48 seconds. Questioned how long this one will last, Houston responded, “I don’t know man. Again, it all depends on what the situation is. If the guy wants to go hard for the first few seconds than that’s what’s going to happen. If he wants to try to drag it out, we’ll drag it out. If it were up to me, I don’t like to sit around. I don’t like to wait too long. Hopefully I can get a few second victory this time because it gives people less to know about me.”
Houston provided a prediction, saying he expects, “The same thing as the previous fight. I’m going to bring passion to the fight. I’m going to bring the intensity to the fight, and I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a lot of action out of both fighters. As far as I’m concerned, I’m going to go after the guy. I’m not going to back down. I’m not going to back up. I’m always moving forward.”