The first time Houston Alexander ran into James Irvin in a cage it was 2008 at UFC Fight Night 13 and the bout lasted less than ten seconds after Irvin landed a fight-ending Superman Punch in the opening sequence of strikes. It appears he will now have an opportunity to avenge the loss as Shark Fights has announced Alexander will face “The Sandman” as part of co-headlining action on March 11 at Shark Fights 14. The show will emanate live from the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas.
Alexander previously fought at Shark Fights 13 last September where he beat Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via TKO in the second round of their match-up. It was the second win for the hard-hitting Nebraskan in as many outings and brought his overall record to 11-6. In addition to Sokoudjou the 38-year old striker holds wins over Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara.
“I am definitely looking forward to fighting under the Shark Fights banner again. (They are) a class act organization and take a lot of pride in putting the fighters and the fans first, and I have to say that Texas is home to some of the greatest MMA fans on the planet,” Alexander began when asked about the upcoming card. “At Shark Fights 13 the fans came out in full force to support the fighters and showed their love for the sport. We do what we do for the fans, so it’s always great to fight in Texas! I am more than ready for this fight. When I step into the cage with Irvin, it’s on! Fans will not be disappointed.”
The 15-8 Irvin shared Alexander’s enthusiasm about the company as well as belief the bout will end in highlight-reel fashion.
“(Shark Fights has) a great reputation within the industry and have a proven track record of putting on stellar shows. Fans can definitely expect to see more of me in the Shark Fights arena in the future. As for Houston, he better be ready, because I plan to end this fight the same way I did that last time we stepped into the cage.”
The in-ring appearance will be the first for Irvin since an illegal knee prematurely ended a January 29 fight against Mike Crisman causing things to be ruled a No Contest. Known for his aggression and night-ending stand-up, Irvin has emerged victorious in the past against the likes of Scott Smith, Terry Martin, and Luis Cane.
As initially reported by Five Ounces of Pain, Shark Fights 14 will also feature a middleweight match-up between talented grapplers Matt Horwich and Danillo Villefort in the main event. The promotion is expected to announce more bouts in the near future.
UPDATE: It was also just announced Shark Fights 14 will be shown live on HDNet as part of a newly agreed upon deal between the two companies.
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