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Shark Fighter’s Houston Alexander: Assassins Never Give Up

Written on September 13, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Houston Alexander proved that he's not the man who quits. When he starts something he finishes it no matter what it takes.

Houston “The Assassin” Alexander (11-6) seem primed to provide the nation with entertaining videos. Unfortunately, in five of his six fights the clips involved someone else whose hand is raised at the end of the coil. But he refused to quit, even if it’s his last option. After the struggle he claimed victory over UFC veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.

“My kids, I always tell those guys never give up,” Alexander said following the win. “I proved that you never give up. Never give up. I think it was a flash (knockdown), I really didn’t see it coming because I was trying to get position. Apparently, he got to the position before I did.It was a flash, but the conditioning got me through it, and I ended up getting on top of him the last part of the round.”

Alexander said he knew and expected a brawl with Sokoudjou. He worked hard in preparation for this.

“We knew that this was going to be a fight,” Alexander said. “The one main thing that we were able to recover fast. Conditioning was key. I got rocked, but I recovered fast because of conditioning.”

He admit uncertainty after the knockdown. He wasn’t 100% sure to find himself upright.

“Did it look like I was wobbly?” Alexander asked with a laugh. “If it looked like I was wobbly, I was probably a little wobbly.”

But the uncertainty was just between frames, it changed when he came out on the second round. He became 100 percent. Sokoudjou paid the price. Punches and a knee sent Sokoudjou to the floor. Alexander gave away 40 punches on top before the fight was stopped.

“The ref was just telling me to keep working,” Alexander said. “If he’s telling me to keep working, I’m going to keep working. I was conditioned enough to do it, so I just kept working. don’t have an opinion. I don’t want to start ripping on the refs. I just did my job. That’s it.”

This win has improved Alexander’s record to 2-1 since his UFC. Emotional and uptight, Alexander said the effort proved that quality can exist beyond the cage of the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion.

“This just showed everyone tonight that no matter who you fight for, as long as it’s a great card, people will see it,” Alexander said. “People will see it – the fans, all the media, and especially the pioneers of MMA because they paved the way.”

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