A light heavyweight encounter between Houston Alexander and Andre Gusmao is in the process of being finalized for UFC 98 on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The matchup was first reported by MMAjunkie.com, which cites a source close to Alexander.
Alexander, 8-4, is currently in the midst of a three fight losing streak. After beginning his UFC career with first round TKO victories over Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara, Alexander has suffered first round losses to Thiago Silva, James Irvin, and Eric Schafer.
He will look to return to his winning ways vs. Gusmao, a former IFL standout who lost his UFC debut to Jon Jones this past August at UFC 87. The defeat was the first of Gusmao’s career and dropped his record to 5-1. An expert in the Brazilian standup martial art of Capoeira, Gusmao has also developed a strong ground game under the guidance Renzo Gracie.
In addition to Alexander vs. Gusmao, a heavyweight title unification match between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is also expected to headline the card. It should be noted that the Lesnar vs. Mir matchup has yet to be officially announced for the fight card.
Additional matchups for UFC 98 could include a grudge welterweight match between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra; a lightweight bout featuring Sean Sherk vs. Frank Edgar; Irvin vs. Drew McFedries in a battle of middleweights; and a clash between TUF 8 veterans George Roop and Dave Kaplan.