According to MMA Junkie sources close to Houston Alexander can confirm that Alexander has agreed to fight Andre Gusmao at UFC 98 on May 23rd. The event is being held in Las Vegas Nevada and is headlined by the Heavyweight Championship unification rematch between Brock Lesnar and Interim Champion Frank Mir. The co-main event of the evening will be the much anticipated, and much delayed, fight between The Ultimate Fighter 6 coaches Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. The Nebraska native is looking to bounce back from three consecutive losses against LHW contender Thiago Silva, a record tying 8 second KO at the hands of James Irvin and a submission loss to rising LHW prospect Eric Schafer.
For the most part three consecutive losses inside the Octagon pretty much spells death but with Alexander I think his all or nothing and overall exciting fighting style has saved him from being booted by the UFC.In his time in the UFC he has drawn a pretty good fan following for the tenacity and ferociousness he has shown when he fights. I would venture a wild guess in saying that should Houston lose this one he will indeed be let go, and if anything he may be told to go work his games in the minor leagues before he can get another shot at the big times, so to speak. Meanwhile Alexander's opponent, Andre Gusmao, is coming off his UFC debut loss to Jon Jones. He'll look to come back strong from his first professional loss against the always dangerous, although not so much on the ground, Houston Alexander.
UFC 98 is looking great so far with the potential for loads of action. Here is the rumored card so far:
Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir (heavyweight title unification)
Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra
Frank Edgar vs. Sean Sherk
James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries
Houston Alexander vs. Andre Gusmao
David Kaplan vs. George Roop
That is a lot of fire power so far for this show. There is bound to be a lot of exciting matches. You have the heavy hitters in McFederies, Irvin and Alexander. The potential wrestling war between Sherk and Edgar. The grudge match, although a few months too late, between Serra and Hughes and of course the title unification between one of the fastest rising stars in the sport, Brock Lesnar, and the resurgent Frank Mir. Giggity