UFC light heavyweight Houston Alexander (8-4) could be making a quick pit stop before returning to the UFC as the Nebraskan has been slotted to face Sherman Pendergarst (11-14) in the co-main event for Adrenaline MMA IV from the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Sept. 18.
In spite of the upcoming bout, Alexander remains under contract to Zuffa.
The hard-hitting radio DJ was relatively unknown to the masses until he burst onto the scene with two destructive performances inside the Octagon, taking out top contender Keith Jardine in his debut back at UFC 71: "Liddell vs. Jackson" in May 2007 and then crumbling Alessio Sakara at UFC 75: "Champion vs. Champion" less than four months later.
"The Assassin," however, quickly returned to Earth — practically crash landing with three straight losses to Thiago Silva at UFC 78, James Irvin at Fight Night 13 and Eric Schafer at Fight Night 15.
The charismatic father of six was on track to slug it out with Andre Gusmao at UFC 98: "Evans vs. Machida" until he broke his hand just three weeks out from the event.
Now it appears he'll get things going again when he faces "The Tank" this September.
Pendergarst had one appearance inside the Octagon back in November 2006 opposite Antoni Hardonk at UFC 65: "Bad Intentions." The Dutch kickboxer sent him packing with a brutal first round knockout.
It hasn't slowed down his progress, but Sherm is in desperate need of a win. In addition to losing five straight, he's just 3-13 since his the loss to Hardonk.
Upsetting Alexander would be the perfect catalyst for a comeback -- if he can stay away from those heavy hands.
Adrenaline MMA IV is expected to feature former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia returning to the cage against Jason Riley. MMA veteran Jeremy Horn will also be in action.
Stay tuned for more information on this developing fight card as it becomes available.