UFC light heavyweight Houston Alexander (8-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will look to end a three-fight losing streak when he meets Andre Gusmao (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 98.
A source close to Alexander told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) that both fighters have agreed to the fight and that bout agreements are close to finalized.
UFC 98 takes place May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is expected to feature a title-unification bout between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim title-holder Frank Mir.
After bursting on the UFC scene with swift and brutal knockouts of Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara, Alexander has since suffered first-round losses to Thiago Silva (TKO), James Irvin (KO) and Eric Schafer (submission). Prior to the losing skid, Alexander went 8-0 (with one no-contest) in a nine-fight span.
In what's surely a must-win fight for the Nebraska-based fighter, Alexander will now meet Gusmao, a former IFL competitor who debuted with the UFC at UFC 87. There, he suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Jon Jones, snapping a five-fight win streak he pieced together during the first three years of his career.
Gusmao was then expected to fight Antonio Mendes earlier this month at UFC 93, but he was forced off the card with an injury and replaced by Eric Schafer