It's a battle of UFC castaways as Houston Alexander (9-6) is reportedly considering a return to action againt Seth Petruzelli (11-4) at the upcoming Moosin MMA event on May 21 from the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Event promoter Corey Fischer told MMA Fighting today (March 8) the event will be pushed forward a month from April 23 to May 21 to accommodate television scheduling.
The beantown brouhaha has been rumored to be headlined by a contest featuring former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim "The Maniac" Sylvia and five-time World's Strongest Man champion Mairusz Pudzianowski.
That match however, may still hinge on Pudzianowski's appearance against Robert Paczkow at KSW XIII on May 7. An official announcement and fight card are expected on Friday, March 12.
"The Assassin" has dropped five of his last six bouts -- including a rather forgettable performance against Kimbo Slice at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale last December. Alexander made a huge impact when he debuted under the Zuffa banner with a first round knockout over Keith Jardine at UFC 71.
Unfortunately his superstar status would be short lived. Despite following up the Jardine win with a TKO over Alessio Sakara at UFC 75, Thiago Silva eventually laid the blueprint for stopping the Nebraskan and Alexander would go on to lose four straight, finishing 2-4 inside the Octagon.
His run of bad luck continued when he was finished in the second round by Joey Beltran at the 5150 Combat League's "New Year's Revolution" earlier this year.
It's safe to say that from a career standpoint, it's do or die for the aging mixed martial artist.
Petruzelli would also get quite a bit of attention for a televised fight with Kimbo Slice -- though under very different circumstances. "The Silverback" upset Ferguson in just 14-seconds at EliteXC: "Heat" in October 2008.
Since his UFC release in 2007, Petruzelli has won three straight fights, including a TKO stoppage of Chris Baten at Art of War 4: "Damage" this past August.
After his Mexican fight with Ken Shamrock fell apart, the TUF 2 contestant and smoothie king has been lobbying hard for a fight with Josh Barnett overseas; however, "The Babyface Assassin" was unable to negotiate a deal in time for an upcoming appearance under the DREAM banner.
Petruzelli later tweeted that he had "a contract in hand" and then confirmed the bout earlier this evening.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details regarding the Boston area's first major MMA event as they develop.