Irvin also said he thinks Alexander is a perfect opponent and the numbers tend to agree. These two together create the perfect storm for a stand up brawl.
667 Percentage (66.7) of the 21 combined victories between Houston Alexander and James Irvin to come by way of (T)KO. Alexander is 8-2 with five (T)KO's and Irvin is 13-4 with nine (T)KO's.
120 Record 12-0 of Thiago Silva. He handed both Alexander and Irvin their last loss. Irvin due to an early knee injury and Alexander by TKO due to what his coach considered a "too technical" game plan. This has prompted Irvin to say in an interview at UFC.com that he just wants to stay healthy for two or three minutes because that's all the fight is going to last and Alexander to offer, "We're just gonna go after the guy, just that apply the pressure, pressure busts the pipes."
1 The number (1) of kidney's and "sledgehammers" Houston Alexander carries around. He gave one of his kidneys to his daughter. He's keeping the sledgehammer and Irvin knows it. In the same UFC.com interview he said, "His right hand his like a sledgehammer he carries around so my first objective is to stay away from that." He went on to say, "I'm going to find out if he looks as strong as he really is, the guy looks like a million bucks, I mean he looks like a pro bodybuilder how big he is. I'll probably know the first time he puts his hands on me if I'm like oh (expletive) get away from this guy. Or if I feel comfy because I like clinching and I like knees."
Both of these strikers are going to come out swinging so take your restroom break and get your coke, beer, popcorn, chicken wings, or whatever else well before this one starts. Most likely it's going to be fast and spectacular!
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