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Former UFC fighter Sherman Pendergarst Succumbs to Cancer

Written on July 20, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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45-year-old Sherman Pendergarst has been battling rectal and colon cancer for two years

veteran Sherman Pendergarst has died this morning, after his two-year battle with rectal and colon cancer. He was just 45.

Pendergarst was born in Baltimore. He left his job as a mortgage broker to train under Pendergarst coach and settled in Bettendorf, Iowa.

He only fought once for UFC, where he lost to Antoni Hardonk in UFC 65. He also made a lone Bellator appearance where he fought current UFC fighter , last May 2009 at Bellator 5. He has an overall record 11-18 and boasts of a 7-year MMA carreer. He fought many big-show vets, including Shane Carwin.

Via text,  Coach Pat Miletich said good words about Pendergarst:

“He always cared for others more than himself. He told me a few months ago that he had lived a great life and reached his goals and was at peace.

Just 5 months ago, Pendergarst fought at a local event in Fargo, N.D., though he was still suffering from the effects of cancer.

Longtime Miletich Fighting Systems teammate, Tim Sylvia, wrote via text:

“He should have never fought, but that’s him,”

In his Facebook status last April, he wrote about about “the drain of undergoing chemo therapy”. He remained optimistic and said that he would go to the gym once he’s able to do so.

Miletich also wrote that when things got bad, Pendergarst was ready for the journey.

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