Mixed martial arts is back in Omaha this weekend. Victory Fighting Championship 39 is Saturday at Ralston Arena.
“Fighting out of Omaha, Nebraska.” For the first time in five years, Houston Alexander is fighting in his hometown. “All these people are asking me for tickets, all my people, all my relatives. Momma, I got you, I am going to get you your tickets."
Besides that little problem, he could not be more excited. "It is great to fight in your hometown and have these people support you because they have been supporting me for so long I thought I had to come back."
In 2008, Alexander was part of a UFC card, this time around it is with Victory Fighting. While it is not the top tier like UFC, there is still plenty of talent in the VFC. “Every time I fight on the VFC I think I have fought three or four UFC vets or people that have gone on to the UFC after VFC, so the competition is tough, it is very tough,” says mixed martial arts fighter Jason Brilz, also from Omaha.
It was a packed house at Ralston Arena in December for the Victory Fighting event and these guys say this new arena is the perfect location for a mixed martial arts fight.
“I have fought all over the world and I would compare this to some of the ultimate fight nights and some of the smaller UFC shows I have been to,” says mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Jensen. “It had more energy at Ralston than it did at some of those other events."
With a good performance Saturday, some of these guys could find themselves right back in the UFC. "That is the epitome of MMA right now," says Alexander. "The goal is to get back to the UFC. That is where all the best fighters are. You want to fight against the best fighters.”