Alexander, Irvin to Rematch at Shark Fights


Houston Alexander. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Former UFC light heavyweights Houston Alexander and James Irvin have agreed to meet again nearly three years after their eight-second encounter, this time in a featured bout at Shark Fights 14 on March 11 in Lubbock, Texas.

Alexander announced the bout on Twitter earlier today.

The two originally met at UFC Fight Night 13 in March 2008, where Irvin knocked down Alexander with the first punch he threw and followed up with a flurry that caused the end of the fight in just eight seconds, which was then a UFC record for the fastest finish.

Both fighters have since been released from the organization and have gone on to produce mixed results.

Alexander has won two out of three since his departure, falling to Joey Beltran and picking up wins over David Griffin and former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.

Irvin meanwhile, has fought three times in the last four months. His most recent fight against Mike Crisman in a return to Gladiators Challenge where he started his career earned Irvin the second no-contest of his career.

A middleweight bout between Danillo "Indio" Villefort and former IFL middleweight champion Matt Horwich is scheduled to headline the event.

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