Seven kids. Three jobs. 39 years of age.
If there's anyone you'd expect to drop dead from exhaustion, it would be Houston Alexander (12-6).
But the fighter said he still has the motivation to keep going and ultimately prove he belongs in the big show.
"I can do this Randy Couture long," Alexander, who on Saturday fights Razak Al-Hassan (11-3) at "MMA Fight Pit: Genesis," recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio
). "Randy went almost until he was 50. I can go for as long as he's gone, if not longer because my body isn't worn out.
"I can go as long as I take care of my body and eat right."
Well, at least most of the time. During his interview, he noshed on some Panda Express. A few days out from his fight against Razak Al-Hassan, Alexander is trying to keep his energy up. In addition to his job as a fighter, he's a DJ at a local radio station and has recently taken to mentoring young fathers in his adopted hometown of Omaha, Neb.
It's a draining grind. Physically, there's no way Alexander can train as much as other athletes. With all the demands on his time, he has to make do with the schedule he keeps. Luckily, he has seven reasons to be on point.
"The desire is still there every single day, brother," he said. "When you have children, the desire is always there. I've always been self-motivated, anyway."
And he said that's actually a good thing when he has to bear down for a fight camp.
"I think the fact that I do other things and don't think about MMA all the time actually helps me out," he said. "Because people who focus on MMA too much, it kind of takes away from them. When I have to come back to MMA, it's strictly MMA. But the discipline is there for all aspects of the game."
Alexander has been defeated but once since his departure from the UFC in late 2009 and enjoys a three-fight win streak. So, for now, things are going pretty well, and they could get even better.
"To be real, I'm in a big show right now," he said. "This Saturday is as big as they come. But for me to be in another big show, which could possibly be in the UFC, hopefully I can get to that point where the wins speak for themselves."