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Oddly Compelling Rematch Alert: James Irvin vs. Houston Alexander II Booked for Shark Fights 14


(“And now *you* are cursed with my bad luck! And now I am free! Hahahahahaaaaaa!!!)

Things were different back in April 2008. Houston Alexander was still a scary up-and-comer in the UFC light-heavyweight division, trying to rebound from a TKO loss to Thiago Silva, and James Irvin was known as only a mildly cursed fighter. The two strikers first met at UFC Fight Night 13, and Irvin stunned the crowd by scoring an eight-second knockout via superman punch. The match represented Irvin’s high-point in the Octagon, as well as the beginning of the end for Alexander as a UFC fighter.

These days, they’re both trying to scrape together a career in smaller promotions. Irvin is coming off his controversial no-contest against Mike Crisman, while Alexander is riding a two-fight win streak, including a TKO victory over Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Shark Fights 13. And according to the Assassin via Twitter, the two will meet again in the co-main event of Shark Fights 14 (March 11 at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, TX).

In Irvin vs. Alexander II, Shark Fights has a match with a number of things going for it. First off, it’s a guaranteed smash-up. Irvin’s last nine fights have ended in the first round, and aside from his weird dance-off with Kimbo Slice at the TUF 10 finale, Alexander can also be counted on for an entertaining performance. The fight has a built-in storyline, and brings some old UFC heat to the Shark Fights card. Also, it involves two fighters who really need a win to continue their comeback. The loser of this fight goes back to square one. The winner gets a tiny bit of redemption — especially if it’s Houston who gets his hand raised at the end.

We have to admit, we’re interested in seeing what happens. Shark Fights 14 will be headlined by a middleweight bout between UFC vets Matt Horwich and Danillo Villefort. And if Don Frye is doing color-commentary again, shit, you can’t afford not to watch it.

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Smitty- February 25, 2011 at 6:42 am
Can't wait to see the video of this fight on here. I'm goin with HA on the rematch. Shark Fights could prolly stand to make some good money on the rubber match should HA win.
@ myklhoey
Shuttin the fuck up now......
myklhoey- February 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm
shut the fuck up
Fried Taco- February 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm
@skeletor - yeah, it would be more like that double-knockout video, each holding the others head and delivering a single blow, then both falling to the ground. And that would be cool!
skeletor- February 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm
@Fried Taco,
as awesome as that would be neither of these guys own that kind of chin. Any one of those flush punches would have ko'd either of these guys. But I'll still watch.
Waxedpants- February 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm
More interested in seeing this fight than many of the fights on the UFC card this weekend.
closedminded- February 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm
If I were a degenerate gambler(which I am) I'd put money on this fight never happening due to the Irvin curse.
Bob Reilly- February 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm
The only Fitch fight I ever enjoyed was when GSP smashed him for 5 rounds.
omunto- February 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm
I'll watch only if you promise me Frye will make a "bucket full of buttholes" comment again.
AndyInflammatory- February 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm
@ Juggernaut

"and aside from his weird dance-off with Kimbo Slice at the TUF 10 finale, Alexander can also be counted on for an entertaining performance"

comprende
ReX13- February 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm
i'm sold. If only HDNet picked this one up....
Fried Taco- February 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm
I'm hoping it ends up being a Frye/Takayama battle. And it probably will.
TheJuggernaut- February 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm
"Irvin’s last nine fights have ended in the first round, and aside from his weird dance-off with Kimbo Slice at the TUF 10 finale"...if im not mistaken, it was alexander who fought kimbo.
Morningwood- February 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm
^ so you don't tune in for Fitch fights?
Bob Reilly- February 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Thats always the reason I watch fights.
Morningwood- February 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm
I'd watch this if for nothing more to see which one gets ktfo by the other one.
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