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UFC’s Houston Alexander Recovers From Hand Injury, Plans To Make Octagon Return In The Fall

UFC light heavyweight fighter Houston “The Assassin” Alexander is planning to make his octagon return either late Summer or early Fall of 2009.  He was supposed to fight back in late May at UFC 98 against Andre Gusmao, but he was forced off the fight card after suffering a broken hand.  Although his hand was completely injured, Alexander kept going back to the gym like a warrior and would never miss a single day of training.  With three consecutive UFC losses, Alexander understands the importance of winning in his next bout.

Alexander’s main weakness is obviously his ground game as you could see in his last submission loss to Eric Schafer.  He was clearly unprepared for a match on the floor, but his current trainer Mick Doyle has teamed him up with Jeremy Horn to sharpen up his ground skills.

Snip from Alexander’s trainer, Mick Doyle:

“We spent the down time working on techniques and ran him through a six-week speed and agility program, so other than not hitting anything and not getting to fight, we never missed a beat training wise…That is going to continue…We will schedule some more trips out there (to work with Horn) and back to Chicago and Denver for some more ground training now that his hand looks in the clear…He just wants to get back in there and win again, so he is very committed to improving and being able to go wherever the fight goes.”

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