Sherman Pendergarst

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Sherman Pendergarst
Born (1967-02-01)February 1, 1967
Baltimore, Maryland
Died July 20, 2012(2012-07-20) (aged 45)
Davenport, Iowa
Other names The Tank
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight (2010-2012)
Heavyweight (2005-2010)
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Bettendorf, Iowa
Team Miletich Fighting Systems
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2005-2012
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 11
By knockout 2
By submission 8
By decision 1
Losses 18
By knockout 11
By submission 2
By decision 5
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Sherman Maurice Pendergarst (February 1, 1967 – July 20, 2012) was an American professional mixed martial arts fighter. He competed in the UFC, Bellator, Adrenaline MMA, King of the Cage and YAMMA Pit Fighting.[1]


Pendergarst was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was raised in Virginia along with four other siblings. He attended and graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy where he excelled in football and wrestling and then attended Old Dominion University where he competed in collegiate wrestling. After college he worked as a mortgage broker but soon began practicing martial arts and boxing before moving to Bettendorf, Iowa to train with the Miletich Fighting Systems.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Pendergast made his professional mixed martial arts debut on April 2, 2005, winning by submission in the first round. He would then go on to win his next fight also by submission in the first round before being handed his first professional loss in his next bout at the hands of future Bellator and WEC veteran Eric Schambari, via decision. In his next bout a month later, he was again defeated via decision, this time by future UFC veteran, Carmelo Marrero.

Pendergarst then went on to win his next three fights before facing UFC veteran, the late Justin Eilers who defeated Pendergarst via knockout, the first knockout loss of Pendergarst's career. However, he would continue to pick up wins in small US organizations and compiled a record of 8-3 before being signed by the UFC.


Pendergarst faced Dutch professional kickboxer Antoni Hardonk at UFC 65 on November 18, 2006 in Sacramento, California. Pendergarst lost the bout due to a powerful leg kick from the K-1 kickboxing veteran 3:15 into the fight.[3]


After losing his UFC bout, Pendergarst won his next bout via rear-naked choke submission before losing four of his next five fights, the fifth being a knockout loss at the hands of future UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion, Shane Carwin. His next win would be two fights later in 2008 where he won via rear-naked choke submission. However, this would be the last win of his career as he dropped nine of his final ten career fights, although at the hands of fighters such as Houston Alexander, Tim Hague, Abe Wagner, Joey Beltran, and Razak Al-Hassan. Pendergarst's last bout was ruled a no-contest on February 18, 2012, after he was hit with an accidental groin strike.

Personal life[edit]

On July 20, 2012, Pendergarst died at the age of 45 from colon cancer. He fought the last professional bout of his career one year after his diagnosis, providing a testimony to the reputation he had earned in MMA as a very tough fighter.[4][5]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
NC 11–18 (1) Bruce Nelson NC (groin kick) CFX/Crowbar MMA: Winter Brawl February 18, 2012 1 3:31 Fargo, North Dakota, United States Nelson landed an accidental groin strike
Loss 11–18 Razak Al-Hassan TKO (punches) North American Fighting Championship: Unstoppable June 5, 2010 1 1:21 Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, United States Light heavyweight debut
Loss 11–17 Brian Heden KO (punches) SD Total Combat 6 February 20, 2010 2 1:14 Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States
Loss 11–16 Justin Lemke TKO (punches) GCF: Strength and Honor November 7, 2009 1 N/A West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 11–15 Houston Alexander TKO (leg kicks and punches) Adrenaline MMA 4 September 18, 2009 1 1:51 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 11–14 Joey Beltran TKO (punches) Bellator 5 May 1, 2009 1 2:24 Dayton, Ohio, United States
Loss 11–13 Mike Marrello Decision (split) Xtreme Fighting Organization 28 February 27, 2009 3 5:00 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Loss 11–12 Josh Barnes Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Challenge: The War at the Shore January 23, 2009 1 0:32 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 11–11 Abe Wagner Decision (split) VFC 25: Primetime December 5, 2008 5 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 11–10 Tim Hague TKO (punches) KOTC: Unrefined September 18, 2008 2 N/A Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 11–9 Brian Heden Submission (rear-naked choke) Xtreme Fighting Organization 24 June 8, 2008 1 2:10 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Loss 10–9 Oleksiy Oliynyk Submission (ezekiel choke) YAMMA Pit Fighting 1 April 11, 2008 1 4:18 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 10–8 Shane Carwin KO (punch) ROF 31: Undisputed December 1, 2007 1 1:41 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 10–7 Kyle Olsen Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 85 October 6, 2007 1 3:54 Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
Loss 9–7 Patrick Castillo Decision (unanimous) CCCF: Showdown 2 July 20, 2007 3 3:00 Concho, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 9–6 Jon Murphy KO (punch) Extreme Challenge 75 March 23, 2007 1 2:16 Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Loss 9–5 Tony Sylvester TKO (injury) FightFest 10 February 3, 2007 1 1:19 Canton, Ohio, United States
Win 9–4 Brett Stevens Submission (rear-naked choke) ECF: Winter War January 27, 2007 1 1:42 Spirit Lake, Iowa, United States
Loss 8–4 Antoni Hardonk TKO (leg kick) UFC 65: Bad Intentions November 18, 2006 1 3:15 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 8–3 Pat Stano Decision Xtreme Gladiators 3 September 23, 2006 3 5:00 Richmond, Virginia, United States
Win 7–3 Aaron Brink Submission (rear-naked choke) PF 2: Live MMA August 18, 2006 1 0:54 Hollywood, California, United States
Win 6–3 Tony Nelson Submission (kneebar) ISCF: Rampage in the Cage 2 June 3, 2006 1 0:51 Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Loss 5–3 Justin Eilers KO (punches) Combat in the Cage 2 May 20, 2006 2 4:34 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–2 Glen Sandull KO (punches) SF 3: Beatdown April 22, 2006 1 N/A New Jersey, United States
Win 4–2 Jason Cadima TKO (strikes) WFL - Real: No Fooling Around April 1, 2006 2 0:43 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 3–2 David Woolby Submission (forearm choke) WFL: Mortal Conquest December 3, 2005 2 2:15 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 2–2 Carmelo Marrero Decision (unanimous) Reality Fighting 9 August 6, 2005 2 5:00 Wildwood, New Jersey, United States
Loss 2–1 Eric Schambari Decision (unanimous) Inferno Promotions: Meltdown July 22, 2005 3 5:00 Garland, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Mike Dexter Submission (rear-naked choke) WFL: Judgement Night May 14, 2005 1 3:42 Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Chris Dippolito Submission (guillotine choke) Reality Fighting 8 April 2, 2005 1 1:05 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States


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