Houston Alexander has signed a new 3 fight deal with the UFC according to published reports. The deal replaces a smaller 3 fight deal he had signed with the organization prior to his fight with Keith Jardine. The upset earned him the new deal which is likely simply in increase in base salary and fight bonuses. His rumored UFC 75 fight with Alessio Sakara will be the first fight on his new contract.
Alexander came into UFC 71 as a complete unknown with fans struggling to even find a picture of the fighter online let alone much background on him but Alexander put all of that to rest when he quickly defeated Keith Jardine with a TKO in the firt round of their main card fight. Prior to coming to the UFC Alexander was on an impressive streak. After starting his career with a loss but came back to win 6 straight. His last fight before the Jardine TKO was a no contest. He is currently in the midst of a 7 fight win streak.
Several days ago MMAFrenzy.com announced that Jardine would be facing Sakara at UFC 75 in London. We have now learned that the fight is expected to be broadcast on the PPV portion of the card.
Many worried as to whether Alexander would be enough to make a card worthy of one of the five PPV slots but the UFC apparently think he can in just his second UFC fight. The organization will surely want to put him in front of as many faces as possible right now as he is one of the most recognized names and is highly marketable. With UFC 71 garnering so much main stream attention his knockout win received plenty of coverage around the world.