Great beats are only dropped during the entrance of MMA combatants in the cage, on their promotional videos and some slow motion recaps. But, there is one fighter who combined his love for music and mixed martial arts.
Houston Alexander is known as one of the most unique mixed martial artists in the world, fighting under some of the biggest promotions namely Shark Fights, Primus Fighting Championship, Bellator and of course, the UFC.
While the “Assassin” has a great career in the sport, it’s only one facet of a greater whole. The 46-year-old fighter is also a community activist, sketch comedy artist and — the tastemaker of Omaha’s hip-hop scene.
During his 6-fight career in the UFC, the loving father won two against combatants Alessio Sakara and Keith Jardin both in 2007. He lost to the likes of Kimbo Slice, Thiago Silva, James Irvin and Eric Schafer before leaving the promotion in 2009.
Since then, Alexander (16-15) fought for Bellator and other huge MMA companies, developing his mixed martial arts career until today. However, the celebrated fighter has not lost his heart for hip-hop and groove all those years.
“My first rap song was ‘The Breaks’ by Curtis Blow. I remember being a kid just riding around in the back of my dad’s Oldsmobile Cutlass listening to that song. The first song that really got me interested in though hip-hop was ‘Pack Jam.'”
Alexander’s passion for music started early. But, ‘The Assassin’ makes it clear that he is not just a fan of rap, he’s a fan of music in general.
The hip-hop DJ slash MMA fighter was discovered by a couple of friends and became an easy selection for Omaha’s first station dedicated to hip-hop. He kicked off his musical career on the promotions side of the business and never looked back.
“I’ll listen to anything man, as long as it’s good music I really don’t care.”
“We’re in the middle of the country and we’ve always been studying the history of other places: New York, California, down South, but I wanted something that was gonna track the history and the culture of what was going on here. We’ve got so many great artists here that just aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.”
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Houston Alexander