I will never forget the first time I saw Houston Alexander fight. It was back at UFC 71 in 2007 when he literally exploded his fists all over Keith Jardine face like a string of 500 Black Cat firecrackers. I blame this fight for Joe Rogan’s overuse of the term ‘explosive’ when describing black mma fighters. Just kidding, Joe.
Unfortunately, I will never forget the last time I saw Houston Alexander fight, either. That was the uber-hyped Kimbo Slice fight back in December of 2009. I know we all remember that one and there’s no need to rehash what went on there. After being cut by the UFC, Alexander has had one loss and is on a current 3 fight win streak. Fighting isn’t the only thing Houston has going on though.
Houston Alexander is also a former B-boy known as FAS/ONE, graffiti artist known as Scrib and a hip-hop radio DJ known as Strongarm. Whoa, no wonder he doesn’t have a fighter nickname-he’s already got three nicknames and anything more than three nicknames is just too much to keep track of. Along with his hip-hop DJing he also is part of a program called the ‘Culture Shock School Tour’ that teaches kids and teachers about the origins of the hip-hop culture.
MMADiehards.com talked to Houston this week about how he manages to juggle a fighting schedule and DJing and this educational tour, here’s a bit of what he had to say:
“I keep a tight schedule like a pair of butt cheeks. The Culture Shock School Tour is a thing we do every school year. We go in and teach the kids about hip-hop culture. We have this theatrical thing where we go inside the gym (and) we have the entire school, including the teachers and administrative (staff), and we teach them where the hip-hop culture began”
“I’m still good at (hip-hop), like I’m still good at this fighting game.”
“I go into each fight thinking I want to put pressure on this guy and I want to put my hands on him. I’m not going in to hug this guy, I’m not going in to wrestle this guy down, I’m not going in to submit this guy. I go into every fight thinking I want to knock this guy out.”
This weekend he is getting ready to get back in the cage to throw some hands with Razaak Al Hassan at MMA fight Pit Genesis in Albuquerque New Mexico. You can check out this event via PPV here. [source]