UFC Quick Quote: Houston Alexander feels pressure to win for himself, not keep his job, at UFC 98

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"Of course I wasn't nervous [about losing my job after the loss to Eric Schafer in Sept. 2008]. I wasn't nervous at all. Number one, I have been in the business for 10 years and second, it's great to be in the UFC, man, but it's not going to make or break me. The UFC is a great event to be a part of, but as far as me being a man, it's not going to make or break me ... of course, there is pressure to win your upcoming fight. First of all, I hate losing. We have to make sure that the mechanics, the training and all that stuff coincides together. So, you know, of course I want to win. So, there is some pressure on this next fight because I, personally, want to win. Other than that, that's it."

-- Light heavyweight Houston Alexander talks to MMA Fanhouse about nerves, job security, single parenthood and more as he prepares to take on Andre Gusmao at UFC 98: "Evans vs. Machida" from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 23. The "Nebraskan Assassin" has suffered three straight defeats inside the Octagon since bursting onto the scene with big back-to-back knockouts over Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara back in 2007. UFC President Dana White appears to be giving the charismatic father of six at least once more chance to prove he belongs with the top mixed martial arts promotion in the world. Can he can make the most out of it or is he better suited for the DJ booth?

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