Houston Alexander won the first round of his TUF 10 Finale fight against Kimbo Slice based on octagon distance traveled. Dude put a clinic out there for all future New York marathoners. Houston Alexander pulled a NASCAR and circled left the duration of the bout, a strategy that only Jeff Gordon could be proud of. A few kicks were thrown, Kimbo landed that devastating slam and the fight was over. Kimbo won the unanimous decision and a few days later, Houston Alexander was released from the UFC. Dana White had the opportunity throw a Kalib Starnes vs. Houston Alexander match so that third-world countries could use the energy produced from their feet to power small villages across the world.
In this interview with Beyond the Beat, Houston finally breaks down his gameplan at the TUF 10 finale.
“In the third round when I finally kicked him and knocked him down, but I thought he might be pretending he was hurt. We were so far into the round that I wanted to make sure he was hurt, and then I was going to go after him. He could have been playing possum, but that wasn’t our game plan. He tried to pound me, but he maybe hit me once on the ground. The one time he took me down was because I was out of position.
People thought he did some power move on me, but I do that when I break dance. People just don’t understand that. I’ve done moves break dancing and gotten hurt versus fighting. You might get hit in the face or get kneed, but that’s it.
Break dancing is hard. Fighting is easy to me.
If I had that fight over again, I would fight him the way I’ve always fought. That’s why I had to change it up. Because if you go into the third round, you want to have enough juice to last the entire fight. But you want to do something to your opponent immediately. And that’s what I’ve been doing over the past 10 years. Once you start learning different techniques and philosophies, then it can deter you from the animal you are supposed to be in the ring. Now I have to go back to being that animal.”
Props to Houston Alexander for somehow incorporating a break dancing mention in there. I’m sure Genki Sudo is somewhere in Japan smiling…in the 3.5 dimension. [Source]