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Sagaz Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:03:25 from    

U guys posted this fight in a record time!!!!! As far as Houston Alexander I think he should re-consider about fighting in the UFC at the professional level. What a Joke….

huston Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:06:23 from    

Bull s*** once again Steve Mazagatti f**** up another on….

Bizzy209 Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:13:28 from    

James Knocked his Ass Out!

WAR Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:15:51 from    

i hate steve mazzagatti he all wats is calling fights to soon i reallythink houston could come back from that he might not of won but that not my point. now he will be kick from the ufc because he lost twice.

mma1 Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:21:32 from    

steve mazagatti…worst mma ref ever. he either lets fights go on for too long and not call the stoppage, or he calls the stoppage too early like he did on this fight and parisyans. his eyes are too damn small, can’t see s***!

PooCocktail Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:22:21 from    

Houston Alexander is WAY over rated.

Not to take away from James Irvin, but Irvin isn’t even top 10.

That sucked. I wanted Houston to come back and kick some ass.

spence Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:23:30 from    

knocked the F*** out!!!!

MMAwatcH Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:26:08 from    

KTFO! Houston can whine all he wants, but if he ate any more punches he might not remember anything right now. He definitely didn’t intelligently defend himself, his arms were just in the air as he ate those 2 punches. He actually looked like his body was going stiff a little. “The Sandman” puttin’ people to sleep.

Jef KO Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:27:09 from    

steve mazzagotti sucks, he either takes too long or is too quick. If I had to pick pick him to be either of these this fight it would definetly be too long

jeremyemilio Says, in 4-2-2008 at 21:30:25 from    

Houston Alexandar: Fists like bricks. Glass jaw. Oh well…

zhinii Says, in 4-2-2008 at 22:02:13 from    


Smashmortion_Bar Says, in 4-2-2008 at 22:20:54 from    

It is genuinely scary how quickly you manage to put these videos up. Thank you. Thank you very much.

“Are you kidding me” is right. Does this set a new UFC record?

I like to think the guy in the audience with the Houston Alexander cut-out cuddles in bed with it every night.

death_tower Says, in 4-2-2008 at 22:47:58 from    

that was amazing,jajajajaja…it was very weird,but mazzagatti’s decision was the correct,in my opinion…

AuSteve Says, in 4-2-2008 at 22:59:39 from    


MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN……..maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan……anyone says he wasnt out is kidding em selves gotta love Houston but man he got KTFO!

mefninja Says, in 4-2-2008 at 23:06:47 from    

alexanders fights always end early…

im happy about this i called a first round KO

i and knew alexander had a suspect chin compared to irvin

rhetro Says, in 4-2-2008 at 23:22:36 from    

shame that it was a quick fight.
but sick KO. he was definately out, suprisingly.
it was a hard hit but just grazzd the chin. i’d imagine alexander has taken bigger beattings then thats why, i thought, he was able to overtake jardine. you can tell he’s from the hood. check out that roid dome.
that was basically like ramage over liddell.

mmamaster Says, in 4-2-2008 at 23:49:06 from    

I wanted to c alexander win n @ first I thought the ref called the fight 2 early but you can clearly c in the replay that he went limp. I agree that this ref always seems to cause some controversy with his calls but he got this one right.

embracethepain Says, in 4-2-2008 at 23:50:52 from    

im still looking for the banana peel,, he went down so quick…..haha

jordan485 Says, in 4-2-2008 at 23:56:50 from    

definately the quickest fight ive ever seen
alexander has a glass jaw and irvin just broken his fukin face!!!!!!
even though irvin ko’d him mazzagatti stopped it a bit early maybe 1 or 2 seconds more then stop it
mazzagatti fukin cost lesnar his match with mir

alexander mite get dropped from the ufc hes no contest if he a jaw then he would but until he can improve his jaw he is nothin (can u improve ur jaw neway????????) lol

chris jr Says, in 4-3-2008 at 00:16:48 from    

houston got knocked the f out again

Jef KO Says, in 4-3-2008 at 00:22:01 from    

no he was out for a split second the ref should of allowed one or two more punches to prove it though, fights like that are gay, not the knock out, but when at the end I come away feeling like it was a waste of time. Even though it was a tko I still consider this an indecision.

Kaps Says, in 4-3-2008 at 00:33:48 from    

It’s quick stoppage according to me… Ref should have given a chance to Houstan as he is capable of coming back as he did against Jardine…especially he complained about his last fight he should have waited for clean decision

NateDog Says, in 4-3-2008 at 01:10:55 from    

Good Decision from the ref….Irvin connected with the superman and knock alexander flat to the floor….and he couldn’t defend himself!!

adam Says, in 4-3-2008 at 01:35:49 from    

He was out…his arms were straight up in the air…..he was out for 1 second and in mma if your out for 1 second you lose …period. What did the people saying early stoppage want houston to have brain damage? watch it agin, his arms are straight up cause hes unconscious just like that guy Tank Abbot beat a long time ago. Steve Mazzagoti called it just how he should have. Thats why the UFC keeps him.

min Says, in 4-3-2008 at 01:41:43 from    

Too bad the fight ended so soon. Fair stoppage though.

Brandon Says, in 4-3-2008 at 01:49:20 from    

How can you say the ref stopped this fight early? Houston was clearly knocked the **** out and was stiff and didn’t even have his hands up to defend himself.

The ref made the correct decision and IMO perhaps should of called it off a bit earlier then what he did. Houston was clearly seeing stars after the superman punch.

As for the Karo fight it was also the right call, Karo was dazed and wasn’t defending himself.

To those who disagree they should watch the Lauzon fight to see a fighter who was defending himself (for the most part).

Mister Bob Says, in 4-3-2008 at 02:00:49 from    

I can understand why the ref stopped the fight, he did go limp for a second there, but in my opinion he should have allowed it to go for a few more seconds. Many times fighters are KO’d momentarily – Houston wasn’t given enough time to recover. He almost started going after the ref he was on him so fast. I’m disappointed, but whatever – s*** happens.

smack Says, in 4-3-2008 at 02:04:25 from    

s*** stopage, not happy

Master_Bates1289 Says, in 4-3-2008 at 02:21:19 from    

yea I agree with those who have said that Steve should’ve let it go on just a few more seconds before Stepping in

Some Guy Says, in 4-3-2008 at 02:36:26 from    

The announcer Joe Rogan summed it all up pretty well. It doesn’t matter how quick a fighter is to regain composure, the most important thing for a ref to do is to call the fight as soon as they notice that the fighter is no longer consiously able to defend themselves. Watch the fight over and try to invision it continuing without the ref intervening, houston’s hands are flaled out above his head no longer blocking punches, James would of had free reign on Houston’s skull which would most likely cause permanent brain damage. It’s a risk they most certainly can’t take with peoples lives.

D-Rex Says, in 4-3-2008 at 07:39:34 from    

I think it was definitely stopped a little early, we need some Japanese refs in there.

BruceAZ Says, in 4-3-2008 at 07:45:56 from    

damn houston has never been outta the 1st round, lol win or loose

bobinho Says, in 4-3-2008 at 07:46:04 from    

super man, i love that punch. and all you idiots out there it was obviously a knock out and correct stopage, open your eyes

Sam Says, in 4-3-2008 at 10:27:21 from    

He went limp yet his back and/or nexk were up off the ground the whole time? Gimme a f*ckin break! If you take a look at the initial punch when they were standing, it looked like it didn’t even land at all! Houston went to throw a huge right hand at the same time Irvin did, they both missed and Irvin ended up in close while Houston overthrew and was off balance. Irvin took advantage and pushed him to the ground, that’s where he falls, not from a punch! He then keeps his shoulders off the ground at first and then when the second ground punch came from Irvin he still kept his head off the ground! He may have been dazed but SO THE F*CK WHAT? He still gets a chance to keep going! He wasn’t knocked out, he didn’t tap out and he was still aware of what was going on whether he was guarding his face or not. The ref’s call was complete garbage, not even a standard boxing match would’ve ended with that kind of fall because IT WASN’T A KNOCKOUT!

Mike Says, in 4-3-2008 at 10:53:15 from    

I thought it was the right call, maybe could have let one more punch go, but Houston was limp and could not defend himself. However, I thought that Parisyan fight shouldn’t have been stopped, he got rocked but he was defending himself.
Someone else mentioned that
“mazzagatti fukin cost lesnar his match with mir”. I don’t agree with this, the rule says no hitting in the back of the head so Mazzagatti made the correct call (although I think they should get rid of the rule, it makes it too hard to hit from the bottom)

Sunfish Hero Says, in 4-3-2008 at 11:07:58 from    

Fair stoppage, Irvin landed another punch on the button right before Steve pulled him off. If he would have been allowed to keep punching him it would have been just like Thiago Silva and Houston all over again. Silva hit him like 6 times while he was KO’d. And of course Houston complained, he’s a douche bag. He probably doesn’t even remembered getting knocked to his ass, most people who get KTFO like that don’t even realize it happened until they see the replay.

Good job Irvin and steve, you can all get off Alexander’s nuts now, he’s not very good.

Dude Says, in 4-3-2008 at 11:12:49 from    

Houston is a can

djmma1 Says, in 4-3-2008 at 11:14:34 from    

houston was a sleep!the out come would not have change! he would have gottin delt wit worse! he better thank the ref for saving his life!

been knocked out Says, in 4-3-2008 at 11:29:38 from    

Those of you idiots who feel the fight should have continued have no idea of how delicate the tissue of the brain is. knockouts can and have caused large blood clot to form, putting pressure on the brain surface.
A head injury traumatic enough to cause unconsciousness can result in widespread, permanent destruction of brain tissue. The finding is the result of research recently published in the journal Neurology — the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology — and helps to explain why some people who suffer Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) often experience irreversible personality changes following their injuries.

field_negro Says, in 4-3-2008 at 12:54:38 from    

that’s great how you guys bag on steve. have you know shame…
just cuz macho puff got up all quick and stuff, doesn’t mean he wasn’t out… look at his hands when he’s palms start turning upwards all weird that’s neuroligical stuff going on.. he could of been killed, … you ever had a 200lbs. athlete unload on you (that sounded gay) but seriously, his hands were at his side.. i’m sorry you guys are the type of people that go to indy car races to watch the crashes. you guy rubberneck on highways for accidents i’m ashamed of you guys… i’m black by the way so stop thinking i’m a skinhead. tossers..

Xouki Says, in 4-3-2008 at 13:09:01 from    

thats too bad. houston is a good entertainer. fun to watch. my brother thinks he was fine. but when i saw the reply and saw his hands stiff like a dead raccoon. i think he was out for a split second. maybe there should be new rules in the ufc to make it more dangerous for the fighters but at the same time make it more entertaining for the fans. ref gotta count to 3 after they think it’s a knock out. how many of you guys out there would like that if you’re in the ring. or opponent is allowed 3 seconds to pound your face in while you’re knocked out so the fan will be pleased?

E.R Says, in 4-3-2008 at 13:12:56 from    

houston alexander sucks. sure , he has punching power,but see why he won the previous matches. when he fought against jardine ,he beat him because jardine didnt know about his punching power , he got caught. next fight , he fought against a can like alessio sakara ,who is negative? in his UFC record and also got knocked out against leben which isnt a top fighter too.
That was all the hype about alexander.And if you see the way he walks ,even he doesnt have any footwork.
I dont deny he has punching power ,but this is MMA not boxing ,if it was all about punching power ,we can stuff the UFC with boxers and we will get boxers as champions.
Thats not how it works. You need to be well rounded to be in the ufc ,if you put tyson in the ufc, he can knock some guys out with punching power ,but not for so long , because even the punching strategy in mma is different as in boxing.
And no to mention the ground game ,which houston knows nothing about .he even doesnt know how to put the butterfly guard in the fight vs thiago silva.
Plus , and finally ,he is too old to get well rounder , that would take at least one year and a half or more , in the mantime he will be 40 years old.
He is done.

KieranMac Says, in 4-3-2008 at 14:34:19 from    

That was a good stoppage. It’s completely clear in the replay that Alexander’s hands were sticking straight out into nowhere, he was NOT in control of them. Good recovery for him, but if Mazzagatti hadn’t stopped it, he wouldn’t have recovered at all.

Normally I wouldn’t side with Mazzagatti since he’s pretty much the worst I’ve ever seen in the professional arena, but I think he saved Alexander from a more serious head pounding.

huh Says, in 4-3-2008 at 14:35:42 from    

He was dazed there for a second but that was bullshit refs generally should let the fights go on for a little longer. Case and point Nog Vs Herring, there fighters right now the refs are being a little over prtoective. Houston recovered fast it was basically a sucker punch, but i guess those are the rules right now.

Dogg Says, in 4-3-2008 at 14:46:55 from    

Right decision, Houston was out!

Albanianrulles Says, in 4-3-2008 at 15:16:35 from    

Everybody who thinks that ref. did stop the fight early…Come on guys,he was out man!!
Houston your ass doesnt belong to UFC,sorry…it not just the power but the strategy allso

jack M Says, in 4-3-2008 at 16:06:59 from    

houston was knocked out, his body went stiff, if the ref have let it go longer he would be retarded right now.

Mike-C Says, in 4-3-2008 at 16:23:47 from    

Wow! Who ever would’ve thought James Irvin would Knockout Houston Alexander in 8 seconds tying the record for Fastest UFC Knockout. That s*** was unbelievable when i was first watchin in last night on Spike T.V, Houston has been exposed it is a known fact he has a glass chin and no ground game. James Irvin is a motha f***** Gangsta for that s***, bitched Houston out. lol.

houston sux Says, in 4-3-2008 at 17:02:33 from    

houston what a waste of light heavyweight space in the UFC bring ice cold igor to the octagon NOW!!!

renzeo Says, in 4-3-2008 at 17:17:51 from    


RSparrow506 Says, in 4-3-2008 at 17:40:56 from    

I told all you guys about Houston Alexander a long time ago, when everyone thought he was such a badass. The guy has no talent, period.

As for the stoppage, great stoppage. The guy went limp, much like shamrock did against tito. They can act like they are fine all they want, but their bodies told a different story.

Great strategy by Irvins corner, to come out with an unorthadox punch. Alexander doesnt know how to defend such things, because of his poor one dimensional style.

Good card all around. Thanks admin for the videos once again.

tom Says, in 4-3-2008 at 17:47:25 from    

great call by steve. great call

Felix Vu Says, in 4-3-2008 at 18:15:14 from    

houston needs less offense and more defense

good stoppage, great superman punch

blackout Says, in 4-3-2008 at 18:31:58 from    

James Irvin hits hard he would have really hurt Houstn if it wasnt stopped.

blong vang Says, in 4-3-2008 at 19:27:07 from    

Why people keep arguing the call? Houson went limp when the superman punch landed and then he went limp when the last punch landed. What, you guys want Houston to go out in a stretcher or something? Cause that’s exactly what would have happened if Irvin kept throwin bombs at him. Get off Houston’s nuts man! He made a mistake and paid the price.

SSJ4 Says, in 4-3-2008 at 19:31:50 from    

Ya,Steve Mazagatti f***** up on this and the Karo VS Alves fight.I think two punches after hitting the floor is not good enuff for a victory,i mean its kinda bullshit how they both loss, did you see how fast they got up after Mazagatti stopped both fights?BULLSHIT,I WANNA SEE BOTH REMATCHES HAPPEN WITHIN THIS YEAR….other then that all the other fights were amazing.yaaaaaaaaaa Mat Hamill rules

Polosurfer27 Says, in 4-3-2008 at 19:38:42 from    

Dude, look at the fight, watch it in slow mo if you have to. Houston froze up like an ice cube when he got that second punch. Dont deny it accept it.

You know, Says, in 4-3-2008 at 20:27:47 from    

sometimes you get caught slipping, and unfortunately for Houston, he got caught.

Jake Says, in 4-3-2008 at 20:45:31 from    

cmon..houston was out. if steve let the fight go on too much longer houston could have taken some serious damage taking cleans shots from someone like james irvin. he gets up complaining just like he did when thiago was pounding him. ive been saying this ever since his first fight. he isnt that good. way over-rated…the only thing he has going for him is that hes really strong.

Huan Says, in 4-3-2008 at 20:50:40 from    

Good call… Houston would be out with a coma! still limping when he got up.

NDUB Says, in 4-3-2008 at 20:55:40 from    

Houston is a very entertaining fighter to watch, never a dull moment it seems…He is very 1 dimensional and i think mozagatti made the right call in stopping it but i wish it woulda went on for longer..Houstons run in the UFC IMO is over hes to old to learn anymore aspects of the game….:(

nick Says, in 4-3-2008 at 23:55:11 from    

Anyone who doesn’t agree with that stoppage is an imbecile. If Steve doesn’t stop that fight Houston would have continued taking direct shots to the face with no ability to defend the punches. That’s how someone gets seriously hurt and ends up in the hopsital or even worse in a f****** casket

Step back and look at the fight. Houston went limp, his arms went straight out. I mean are there seriously people that dumb or are you guys Houston fans who are mad he lost?

silk432 Says, in 4-4-2008 at 00:10:39 from    

shut the F*** up with the steve mazzagati bad call s***..everyone wants to point fingers at everybody else cuz the fighter they were cheerin for got dealt with. there’s no way he would have recovered from that, if steve hadnt stopped him he would still be landin blows to the face.

sebastian Says, in 4-4-2008 at 01:13:57 from    

the ref did the right thing man,houston was out…

Niv Says, in 4-4-2008 at 02:04:36 from    

I think the guys that say Mazagatti stopped that fight too soon are nuts.

Alexander was out cold when the ref stopped the fight. He was flat on his back, head straight back with chin up, and with his arms straight out to his side as if he was being crucified, how can anyone question that call?

Give Irvin his due, he came in and kicked the crap out of the way overrated Houston Alexander.

The Parysian fight on the other hand was stopped too soon.

Steamer Bean Says, in 4-4-2008 at 03:39:12 from    

Tough call man…..that was awfully quick but dude was doin the Frankenstein, arms all straight out and stiff and s***, true he probably could have recovered but most likely he would have just got the F*** beat out of him, while unconcious, which we all know can do permanent dmg….i don’t envy the ref in situations like this

maid’n Says, in 4-4-2008 at 04:06:58 from    

if the ref hadnt stopped the fight Houston would have got his ass kicked, BIG time – he was on his back already, unable to protect his face! who says he could have come back from that? an elbow was to follow the fist on that face -

mma75 Says, in 4-4-2008 at 04:30:02 from    

i dont care wat ne body says, he didnt stop the fight 2 early. if huston wasnt knocked out then he would have been cuz if the ref didnt jump in then he would have ate more punches and been knocked out. but still he got f***** up!

brian kenny Says, in 4-4-2008 at 06:37:47 from    

irvin got lucky

richey G Says, in 4-4-2008 at 08:08:22 from    

I have followed both fighters for some time and must say a rematch should be considered. i just recently watched the fight again and,hey,Houston Alexander got knocked out. If it wouldn’t have been stopped, Irvin would have hurt him badley. Great KO !!!

scootie Says, in 4-4-2008 at 10:22:58 from    

that bitch was sleeping stop making excusses for houston getting KTFO he got owned let it go …

yourmother Says, in 4-4-2008 at 11:13:54 from    

All of you cry babies talking about the ref this and that. Stop bitching, the ref did his job and prevented some ignorant amateur fighter some real brain damage. The end of the clip shows it all.. that man was down and out.

Shawn M Says, in 4-4-2008 at 11:14:44 from    

Good call, no one wants to see a fight end in 8 seconds, but if you are an Alexander fan, you should be happy with this stoppage, otherwise your boy could have been eating the rest of his meals through a straw.

I for one would rather see a fight ended early due to a ref call than the other option of a career ending because a ref let it go too long. That would be horrible for the sport of MMA that is now garnering respect as a “true” mainstream sport.

This IS a proffesional sport and like all pro sports rules are in place, and these rules are enforced by a ref, these refs do not have the benifit of replay( like football and Hockey refs have) so yes the ocassional mistake will be made, this is not one of those mistakes.

Cheers till UFC 83


RobWhiskey Says, in 4-4-2008 at 11:34:20 from    

Houston will be back! ..he has 1 fight left on his contract so he will fight but if he does not win in dramatic fashion he will be let go of the ufc and they will not re new his contract.

th3sh3ph3rd Says, in 4-4-2008 at 11:55:11 from    

I think Mazzagatti is the best ref around. I agree totally w/his decision. Alexander got KTFO’d. Plain and simple. I can’t believe Mazz is getting this disrespect when clearly Herb Dean should be th one sent back to reffing school. Letting Ken Flo get away and cause huge damage w illegal blows to the back of the head?????? Totally out of line and should have had a point taken. or even a DQ, I would agree with. boo herb yay Steve!

babaganush Says, in 4-4-2008 at 12:22:44 from    

yea it true his arms were up like when rich franklin knocked out nate quarry

and he was getting blasted by shots irvine later stated gave him pain in his hand. you know he wasnt going to get up while eating those type of pushes having his eyes starring into the audiance and his arms pointing out like he is wearing an invisble cast. he was blocking the pushes with his jaw.

get real, he was out

ace Says, in 4-4-2008 at 14:24:26 from    

too much body building not enough skills, he should go get a real job and take care of his kids. he is a bit too old to start climing the ufc ladder. good stoppage, he could have been seriously hurt!

The Sophisiticated Inferno Says, in 4-4-2008 at 19:22:17 from    

Houston defence sucks, good for him!!! I like houston, but his defence smells like cheese, he should atleast work on defence and submission to. If you ask me, he still needs work(his submission sucks, defence smells and kicks stinks, ya hes strong and ya he has a good body. But if hes so over rated. Look how fast he got KTFO! and how how easy thiago silva owned and boned him!I seriously dont believe this ball head geak has fought 200 fights!!!!!!!Houston you need to get better coaches!!!!!!

Huan Says, in 4-4-2008 at 20:00:39 from    

lmao… dude in the audience with a red t-shirt, should’ve rip Houston mini size image before he walk out that stadium.
Who comes to a MMA with that sh!t? Is this Hannah Montana concert?

dude Says, in 4-4-2008 at 23:03:42 from    

F*** Steve Mazagatti!!!! I f***** HATE HIM!!

The Sophisiticated Inferno Says, in 4-5-2008 at 13:10:05 from    

DUDE STFU! Steve Mazagatti made the right call, after James Irvin knocked his ass down with one shot, Houston wasnt even doing nothing to block the rest of the James shots. All Houston did was put his hands up in the air, but he wasnt even able to block the rest of them. So if Steve hadn’t ended the fight, Houston could have been seriously hurt!!!

ATTLE Says, in 4-5-2008 at 14:07:47 from    

The Sandman put his ass to sleep…good stop…irvin hits unbelievably hard and only knocks people out…alexander would have had bad damage if steve didnt stop it

johnny “cage” Says, in 4-5-2008 at 22:17:53 from    

houston was out man it’s true. I wanna see Sandman vs. Iceman!!! I mean face it Irvin knocked a lot of ppl out in da ufc.

they should put sandman up against shogun, iceman can fight rashad (w/e), & when forrest loses to rampage, forest should fight wanderlei. then the ultimate winner out of all of that mess can face rampage for the belt.

Dude Says, in 4-6-2008 at 11:46:36 from    

It was a KNOCKOUT – When your body goes limp and your arms arm dead on the sides you are KTFO. Even if it for a few seconds it doesn’t matter – more damage can be done

Steve did the right thing

the beast Says, in 4-7-2008 at 11:14:01 from    

he got knock the F*** out

KNiGHT Says, in 4-7-2008 at 12:27:32 from    

Alexander got knoked da fuk out. haha dat was a beautiful superman punch.

kodiak Says, in 4-7-2008 at 18:58:41 from    

he may have got knocked out but only for like a split second, he snapped back into it right away, so F*** mazagatti, he always screwing s*** up.

Smashedyoface Says, in 4-7-2008 at 19:32:02 from    

A lot of you guys are dumb! Most of you probably have never even stepped foot in a gym and don’t know first hand of how dangerous this sport actually is. That was an excellent call by Steve. Houstons hands were at his side and he wasn’t defending himself. His jobs is to prevent serious injury and that is exactly what he did. James Irivin hits very hard (obviously) and punches from him to a defenseless person are extremely dangerous. Houston got caught with a great superman punch, the fight was over, he got knocked out. Period.

ukiyo Says, in 4-8-2008 at 16:48:22 from    

wow irvin spanked him …. ouch..

Houston’s Fan 4 Life Says, in 4-9-2008 at 16:46:42 from    

To the critics please note…”It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

humus101 Says, in 4-12-2008 at 22:26:58 from    

wow owned …

Miguel Arrindell Says, in 4-26-2008 at 23:51:21 from    

I believe this houston alexander deserve a fair chance. The fact that he is up on his leg so quick proves he could of fight more. The referee surely stop the fight to early. This sport is to see who is the best man, and how fast we should stop the fight.

Miguel Arrindell Says, in 4-26-2008 at 23:54:15 from    

I mean and not how fast we should the fight. Real man take and give hits. He did not get a fair chance, i would like to see a rematch.

PATD Says, in 5-16-2008 at 21:20:42 from    

I agree the fight was stopped too soon – I would have liked to see Alexander’s unconscious head pummeled a few more times before it was stopped….
Alexander’s a punk for pretending he was never hurt and anyone that thinks he had a chance to recover is blind or stupid. He was KTFO!!!!!

bk Says, in 5-18-2008 at 18:16:02 from    

Alexander’s black; he could’ve taken a few more shots to the noggin with no ill effect :D

But, in all seriousness, he was out and would have ended up mangled if Irvin was allowed to just hammer the s*** out of him for X number of seconds while he (Alex.) hit the snooze button on the canvas.

leif Says, in 6-14-2008 at 10:08:26 from    

dame i like houston i think hes a good fighter i whould like 2 see him redeem himself houstonx3

James Says, in 7-9-2008 at 12:42:03 from    

Houston was out like a light. Mazzagati called it right in this fight so stop whining biootches.

Kham Says, in 7-16-2008 at 08:05:16 from    

Let me make this clear:

The rule isn’t “Does he look like he’s asleep”. The rule is “Is he intelligently defending himself?” and it’s clear that he wasn’t.

In a fight against someone this dangerous if you aren’t defending yourself, you will receive serious injury or worse.

For those of you who haven’t fought, knockouts are a complex thing… Sometimes you get hit and your body keeps going due to reflexes, even though your brain is disconnected. So that’s why the rule says that if you aren’t defending yourself, the fight is over.

Anybody who says that putting your arms to the side with your face exposed is defense…

Educate yourself

hoplite301 Says, in 7-18-2008 at 09:43:00 from    

Whoever said that Mazzagatti messes up the Lesner and Mir fight clearly was passed out for the final two fight of that card. Mir took all that ground and pound Lesner had, and used his small man Jitsu to tap him out with an Achillies leg lock,not a heel hook. Lesner tapped faster than s***. Watch it on this site. The truth does hurt.

James Says, in 7-18-2008 at 09:43:43 from    

Some people are just unreasonable. I’m talking about the people talking trash about Steve Mazzagati. He made the right call on this one and anyone with half a brain and a sense of fairness/neutrality will see that Alexander got knocked the hell out. So stop friggin whining people.

hoplite301 Says, in 7-18-2008 at 09:58:53 from    

Whoever said Mazzagatti messed up the Lesner Mir fight, simply did not watch it. Mir survived the ground and pound, Lesner made a fatal mistake by standing up(Mir already secured his left ankle), then wrapped his legs perfectly using his Lightweight Jitsu skills and secured a Achillies leg Lock. Lesner tapped as soon as he hit the mat. How can a ref mess up a fight when you TAP OUT???? Watch it on this site.

hoplite301 Says, in 7-18-2008 at 10:17:39 from    

Thanks James, glad to agree with an intelligent MMA Fan.

bbb Says, in 7-18-2008 at 11:47:11 from    

ppl who think that this fight was stopped too early are not true fans of mma, probably ppl who started watching mma after the ultimate fighter show, because if they were true fans and had any f..ing idea, they would know that this fight was stopped at the right time.

Sunfish Hero Says, in 7-18-2008 at 13:04:12 from    

Oh shut up with that “true fans of MMA” you pretentious jack ass. They’re probably just Houston Alexander fans and can’t think of another excuse for him to lose to someone like Irvin. Alexander is over hyped and sucks. That’s why he lost to Irvin, because Irvin is better. Honestly who cares when people started watching MMA, get over yourself bbb.

RoyalBeatz07 Says, in 7-18-2008 at 13:15:02 from    

First off, I want to say that I think all fighters should be in agreement to take a little more punishemnt in fights.
In my eyes, I see Alexander getting hit with a nicely angled superman punch that caught him off gaurd, and messed up his equilibrium and subsequently he went down.
As Iriving comes down, Alexander is regainging composure and IMO didn’t really have time to adjust his position. Irving was smothering him, but check this scenario. Say Alexander pulled gaurd, and Irving escaped to attack. Now you have the two men in the same position. If what followed in the fight was to happen in that situation, the fight would not be stoppped. The ref would wait to see if Alexander would defend himself. Same difference. Give people a chance to recover. Just because he wasn;t in the right position to shoot up, and grab a single leg and hold on for dear life to have the chance to recover, doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be given the chance. He’s a fighter, in a fight, taking punches. What’s 2 or 3 more? Sure they may cut or bruise him, but at least there will be no questions.
Also I think 3 5 minute rounds should be re-evaluated. Too many B.S. Judges . I think UFC should instill 3 min rounds, and either go to 5 or 6 rounds. 8 or 10 for championship. That way they only work for 3 min, they getmore chances to rest, and more rounds to finish the fight instead of going to decision. What do you all think about that?

you’re all morons Says, in 7-18-2008 at 15:12:12 from    

Lol, stopped early? Are you kidding me? If he would’ve given irvin 3 more seconds on a fighter who’s clearly not covering, then none of you would be complaining.

Niv Says, in 7-18-2008 at 15:28:49 from    

RoyalBeatz07, I believe every fighter who enters the ring or cage has accepted the fact that they are going to take punishment. The fact you might be missing here is that rules and sporting commissions exist to ensure no one gets killed.

When a guy gets hit with a hard shot, falls flat on his back and has both arms straight out to the side as if he’s being crucified he’s in serious need of being saved. It doesn’t matter if he appears to be coming out of it, the fight was rightfully stopped as Alexander could have been seriously hurt.

There is one more factor for a ref in a situation like this to see if he will give a fighter a little extra wiggle room, and that is past performance. Alexander showed absolutely zero ground defence against Thiago Silva when he was knocked out last time. Consider that against a Big Nog fight where he is legendary for being able to be beaten to a pulp and submit someone out of nowhere. These things must factor into a refs mind when calling a fight and I think Mazagatti made the right call.

As for your suggestion on changing rounds to 3 from 5 minutes and having more rounds, I think that’s a great idea, that in itself would ensure higher action fights as there is more rest and less fatigue during each round.

paddedummy Says, in 7-18-2008 at 16:44:16 from    

That rule about stopping a fight if a fighter is not intelligently defending himself needs to be re-worded because anybody who throws punches like a boxer and stands toe to toe in the pocket eating one to give one isn’t intelligently defending himself,lol! People who think that it was stopped early are used to boxing were a guy gets knocked down with a concussion and as long as he can get back up before the count of ten, he can get a second concussion and end up dying later that night. That doesn’t happen in mma. And btw that wasn’t technically a superman punch because Irvin didn’t jump through the air, he just faked a kick then threw the KO punch.

Trucecity Says, in 7-18-2008 at 22:01:08 from    

W O W … the fastest fight i have ever seen, good post my main man !

theres fight in him yet Says, in 7-19-2008 at 12:17:29 from    


AllDay Says, in 7-19-2008 at 17:26:13 from    

“Mazagatti has small eyes”. thats funny!

bbb Says, in 7-19-2008 at 19:57:09 from    

he took a punch to the face when he was on the ground, while both of his hands were on the floor, not defending himslef, thats a rap. Im tired of taking about this s***. On to another topic, i think george st pierre should move up a weight class and face silva for the belt, he is so much bigger than ppl in his weight class man, its not even fair. I think his natural weight is 190, anyway i would love to see that fight, who would win? i would give the edge to silva but i dono

Dober238 Says, in 9-11-2008 at 04:37:41 from    

I love watching Houston fight

YOu will always see a knockout
whether houston wins or not!

whatinthegoddamnedfuckingshit Says, in 10-13-2008 at 00:27:44 from    

Seriously, stop shitting on Mazagatti! It was stopped so Houston didn’t get a hospital visit. He was done from the first f****** punch you noobs.

fg182 Says, in 10-13-2008 at 20:39:01 from    

dude if steve mazzagatti let it go any longer, then alexander still wouldve been knocked out. just like rogan pointed out that houston went limp after irvin made contact, if irvin stayed on top still serving him punches after he was already limp then alexander still wouldve been K.O’ed. plain and simple you idiots

TheIceMurderer Says, in 10-31-2008 at 13:44:39 from    

What you guys need to realize that when houston alexander was getting hit on the ground and he went flat on his back what do you think would have happened if Steve Mazzagatti didn’t step in James irvin just would have kept hitting him and if he wasn’t knocked out he would have been.

mmaMNman Says, in 11-3-2008 at 15:15:35 from    

Of course he is going to stay in the UFC.
A hard striker who can have huge exciting knockouts, an already big name for himself and a glass jaw ready to get knocked out ALL make for big TV draws. Big TV = $$$ for UFC
Of course he will keep fighting.

Kyle Says, in 1-5-2009 at 01:01:52 from    

Good call by the ref. Houston was stiff and was out, he came back to after the ref already stopped it.

mrbk211 Says, in 4-7-2009 at 13:05:50 from    

houston is tough but he got rocked hahahaha..

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LOL at the fan with the houston alexander poster! he must be thinking “wtf? i spent all nite printing and cutting this poster!”

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