Seeing as how I’m a big fan of MMA (mixed martials arts), and have become a fan of legendary Miami-based street fighter turned Professional
If you’re not up to speed with Kimbo and Houston, check out this pre-fight promo video:
The Kimbo v Houston fight was set up to be a battle between brawlers, each armed with one-hit knockout power. Sadly, the fight didn’t end up nearly as intense or entertaining as it should/could have been.
To say that I (and millions others) were disappointed with the performance (or lack thereof) of Houston Alexander is an understatement. Houston spent practically ALL or round 1 and much of round 3 shuffling counter-clockwise around the ring. Of course I can’t say what was going on in his head, but it sure seemed as if Houston was simply scared of Kimbo’s knockout power.
Kimbo was not as ferocious as I had hoped he would be either, but he seemed ready to fight and even egged Houston on in an effort to get him to stand toe-to-toe and scrap. But Houston would have none of it which, you could easily tell, aggravated Slice.
I’ll summarize Kimbo’s unanimous victory this way: Kimbo looked much improved over his loss on The UFC’s Ultimate Fighter reality show, but he still has quite a bit of work to do. Although his stand up (boxing) game is great and his ground game is now decent, he still has to learn how to do things like defend leg kicks… and throw leg kicks for that matter. I also think he needs to mentally relax a bit and let his normal ferocity come
But for Kimbo to beat an MMA veteran like Houston Alexander certainly legitimizes his quest to become a legitimate MMA fighter.
Whether you love Kimbo or hate him, you gotta respect the guy for humbly recognizing his flaws and working as hard as possible to become the best he can.