Thursday, February 24, 2011
by Brian Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Their first encounter lasted all of eight seconds.
UFC exiles Houston Alexander and James Irvin will meet for a second time in a featured light heavyweight tilt at Shark Fights 14 on March 11 at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. Alexander on Thursday announced the rematch via Twitter. Irvin knocked out “The Assassin” with a Superman punch at UFC Fight Night 13 in April 2008.
Alexander (Pictured), who turns 39 next month, will carry a two-fight winning streak into the rematch. He last appeared at Shark Fights 13 in September, when he stopped Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou on second-round punches at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. An East St. Louis, Ill., native, Alexander burst on the scene in 2007 with consecutive first-round finishes over Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative Keith Jardine and American Top Team’s Alessio Sakara. However, he lost each of his next four UFC fights and was cut by the promotion following his unanimous decision defeat to Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale in December 2009.
A former WEC heavyweight champion, Irvin has not competed since Jan. 29, when his illegal knee on Mike Crisman resulted in a no contest under the Gladiator Challenge banner at the Elko Indian Colony Gymnasium in Elko, Nev. The 32-year-old Huntington Beach, Calif., native owns notable victories over UFC veteran Terry Martin, current Strikeforce mainstay Scott Smith and one-time WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall. Irvin has secured 11 of his 15 career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
A middleweight matchup pitting former International Fight League champion Matt Horwich with American Top Team’s Danillo Villefort will headline Shark Fights 14.
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