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Houston Alexander to (Hopefully) Break His Losing Streak at Adrenaline MMA IV

(Sherman’s the guy on the left. Get used to that face, you’ll be seeing it again next month. Photo courtesy of osirisshoes.)

MMA Mania passes along the full lineup for Adrenaline MMA IV (September 18th; Council Bluffs, Iowa) and while we’ve already covered the Tim Sylvia/Jason Riley main event, we now know that UFC light-heavyweight Houston Alexander will be taking on Sherman "The Tank" Pendergarst (11-14) in the co-main event. Alexander’s three-fight losing streak may be a major bummer — and the reason he has to take a tune-up fight outside of the UFC — but Pendergarst has lost his last five matches, and has only won two of his last twelve. Competing mostly as a heavyweight, the Tank has suffered KO/TKO losses against such notables as Shane Carwin, Antoni Hardonk (at UFC 65, Pendergarst’s only Octagon appearance), Justin EIlers, and Tim Hague, and was one of the unfortunate fighters to experience the YAMMA pit first-hand; he lost to Alexey Oleinik by submission.

In other words, this could be just the sacrifical lamb that heavy-handed Houston needs to get his confidence back. Then again, eight of Pendergarst’s 11 wins have come by submission, meaning that Alexander should still be on high alert. So, dude with no ground game (Houston) vs. a guy who gets knocked out a lot (Sherman) — who will be able to impose their gameplan?

The full lineup for Adrenaline IV is after the jump…

Main events:
Tim Sylvia (24-5) vs. Jason Riley (6-1)
Houston Alexander (8-4) vs. Sherman Pendergarst (11-13)

Main card:
Chad Reiner (19-8) vs. Forrest Petz (13-7)
Alonzo Martinez (23-10) vs. Ryan Williams (10-4)
Jeremy Lang (15-1) vs. Matt Delanoit (13-6)
Joe Vedepo (9-2) vs. Webster Farris (1-0)
Jimmy Siepel (1-0) vs. Bob Tuttle (1-0)

Todd Meneely (0-0) vs. Corey McDonald (1-1)
Dustin Smith (5-0) vs. Marcos Marquez (3-0)
Matt Bentley (4-2) vs. Danny Black (7-5)
John Hansen (10-2) vs. Gregg Van der Creek (4-1)
Dakota Cochrane (6-0) vs. Bill Holcombe (12-4)
Ryan Shell (15-4) vs. Robert Rojas (13-1)

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ArmFarmer- August 25, 2009 at 6:32 am
"So if I take a crap in the Octagon, does that mean I can be a main event in some other promotion?"

No, but the crap can.
provrorsbarn- August 25, 2009 at 1:53 am
ftw bumrush kimbo style Houston!!!
Lysol- August 24, 2009 at 6:54 pm
Who did Siepel and Tuttle have to blow to get on the main card? Two guys with a combined two fights worth of experience in a "SOMEONE"S 0's GOTTA GO" match? Fucking please.
Jay Smith- August 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm
I thought HA was going to be the real deal when he first came out, but after he started gettin KO'd so freakin easily and was exposed for his nonexistent ground game, I was like "get him outta here". The UFC is no place for fighters that are not well rounded.
iFight831- August 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm
nice to see houston back in a ring
Polish- August 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm
Anyone else notice the only guy on the card with a losing record is the one facing Alexander... And it's one of the main events. I wonder if the announcer will mumble the 13 to sound like three or some shit.
Da Spied Her- August 24, 2009 at 2:41 pm
So if I take a crap in the Octagon, does that mean I can be a main event in some other promotion?
KidDinomite- August 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm
He's crunked right now, real crunked. WTF does that mean?
Hammtron- August 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm
throw in the broken arm and i start to see your point
One Two- August 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm
Bob "the teenage mutant ninja" Tuttle. if that isn't his nickname it should be. who are these people Sylvia and houston sure have fallen. I used to hate tim sylvia but after seeing him get rejected on blind date embarrased by fedor and then even more embarassed by mercer i just kinda feel bad for the guy.
agentsmith- August 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm
That guy needs to learn to punch with the OTHER knuckles. Looks like it worked that time, though.
Gogo The Plata- August 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm
Isn't Bob Tuttle the short, fat teacher from Saved By The Bell who taught almost every class?
MMAComments- August 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I hope he wins and the UFC didn't cut him...apparently it's up to him if he fights in the UFC again.
agentsmith- August 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm
I hadn't even heard that the UFC cut Alexander. Not that he didn't deserve to be, though.