HOUSTON “THE ASSASSIN” ALEXANDER AND RAZAK “THE RAZOR” AL-HASSAN READY TO EXECUTE AT MMA FIGHT PIT: “GENESIS”
Albuquerque, New Mexico – The main event of “MMA Fight Pit: Genesis” features two UFC® veterans known for finishing their opponents in Houston “The Assassin” Alexander and Razak “Razor” Al-Hassan. Both light heavyweights have enjoyed success since their release from the UFC®, and both are hungry to electrify both the local New Mexico crowd and the national Pay-Per-View audience.
“The Assassin” is a realist when it comes to his perception of the fight with Al-Hassan. “Every fight is important in my career …not just one single fight …every fight,” says Alexander. “Whenever I get in the ring [or cage], it’s important.”
For “Razor,” a grappling whiz, many MMA pundits expect him to try to take the fight to the mat as soon as possible. He feels differently. “I feel very comfortable on my feet or on the ground in a fight,” states “Razor.” “I don’t dictate where the fight goes…I let my opponent do that.”
As for the fans, both fighters plan to bring the electricity to the cage. “The fans can expect nothing less than the aggressive style they are used to [from me],” promises “The Assassin.” “They will see an exciting standup fighter with some strikes and kicks you don’t normally see. Don’t blink, because you might not see it twice,” concludes “Razor.”
Houston “The Assassin” Alexander (12-6-0-2) is one of the most unique competitors in mixed martial arts (MMA) today. As a teenager, Alexander joined up with an alliance of graffiti artists, and has long been involved with Omaha, Nebraska’s underground hip hop scene. He continues to keep up his love of music as a DJ in the Omaha area. When he’s not spinning tunes, “The Assassin” is busy training and fighting as one of the hardest-working athletes in the sport. A noted slugger, he began his career with a 6-1-0-1 record, which included five strike-related finishes. This string of performances earned Alexander a shot in the UFC®, and he made the most of it. In a signature win, “The Assassin” dispatched Jackson’s MMA competitor “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine in under at minute at UFC® 71, earning himself a three-fight contract with the promotion as a result. He punched out Alessio Sakara in his next bout, and quickly garnered a reputation for his “kill or be killed” mentality in the cage. Unfortunately, Alexander endured a rough stretch where he suffered defeats at the hands of Thiago Silva, James Irvin, Eric Schafer, and Kimbo Slice, which saw him released from the UFC® as a result. However, since his exodus from the promotion, Alexander has rebounded, winning his three of four bouts, with two coming via TKO. During that time, he faced former WEC®/UFC®/Strikeforce® fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Shark Fights 13, “The Assassin” blasted his foe for a TKO win in the 2nd round. At “MMA Fight Pit: Genesis,” “The Assassin” will look to make it four straight wins. Beyond the cage, Alexander is a devoted family man, raising his six children as a single parent.
At “Genesis,” Alexander will face a fellow UFC® vet in “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan (11-3). A submission specialist, Al-Hassan started off his MMA career with seven straight wins, with five coming via submission. His reputation as a tapout authority was cemented, and the UFC® came calling. In “Razor’s” first bout with the promotion, he locked horns with Steve Cantwell at “UFC®: Fight For The Troops” in North Carolina. Cantwell caught the Roufusport fighter in an armbar late in the 1st round, but the tough Ghanaian competitor refused to tap out, despite the fact that his arm dislocated at the elbow. After recovering from the injury, Al-Hassan next faced Kyle Kingsbury at UFC® 104. A back-and-forth battle ensued. In the end, Kingsbury had his hand raised in a somewhat controversial decision loss for “Razor.” Though Al-Hassan had suffered losses in both his fights with the UFC®, and was released as a result, the young fighter had proved his could compete with top fighters. After he left the promotion, “Razor” went on a tear, knocking out or submitting four straight opponents, including another UFC® veteran Sherman Pendergarst. In his latest fight, Al-Hassan lost a hotly-contested and controversial decision to Dwayne Lewis at a Maximum Fighting Championships event. Now looking to rebound, “Razor” will face arguably the toughest test of his career in Houston “The Assassin” Alexander at “MMA Fight Pit: Genesis.”
About MMA Fight Pit
A fledgling promotion headed by respected Albuquerque-area businessmen Torry Crooks and Nick Montoya, MMA Fight Pit is focused on bringing a new level of MMA to fans in New Mexico. The region is known for producing some of the very best fighters in the world, and as a result, the demand for high-quality fight action is high. MMA Fight Pit will put on its first event at “The Pit,” a world-famous sports venue, when it presents MMA FIGHT PIT: “GENESIS.” The event will feature many UFC® and WEC® veterans, as well as local stars. The lineup includes Houston “The Assassin” Alexander, “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan, Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver, Coty “Ox” Wheeler, Junie Browning, Lenny Lovato, Jamie Yager, Angelica Diaz, Diana Rael, and others. This incredible fight event will be available on Pay-Per-View. For more info on MMA Fight Pit, please head to http://www.mmafightpit.com/