UFC 98 News: James Irvin Injured, Xavier Foupa-Pokam Steps In


James Irvin has no luck, his manager Mike Roberts confirmed Irvin tore his meniscus in his knee and will be forced out of his UFC 98 bout with Drew McFedries.

James Irvin was scheduled to make his UFC return following a 9 month suspension for pain killers after his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 92.

Xavier Foupa-Pokam has agreed to replace the injured Irvin. Foupa-Pokam is coming off a decision loss to Denis Kang at UFC 97.

The middleweight bout is slated to be on the PPV portion of the card, it is unclear if the UFC will drop the fight down to the preliminary card in light of Irvins injury.

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James “The Sandman” Irvin Dreaming Of A Run At Middleweight, Wanderlei Silva

James “The Sandman” Irvin looks forward to his future UFC career, following a suspension for testing positive for painkillers (Methadone and Oxymorphone) after his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 14.

Saying goodbye to 205, The Sandman looks to start climbing the UFC ladder as a middleweight. Irvin also mentions a fight with Wanderlei Silva as a good match.

UFC News: James Irvin Test Positive For Pain Killers

The California State Athletic Commission has announced that James “The Sandman” Irvin test positive for the substances Methadone and Oxymorphone, following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19th.

Oxymorphone is a pain killer prescribed to help with severe pain.

Methadone is most commonly prescribed to treat heroin addiction or as a pain killer, due to its low cost, non-addictive qualities and long duration.

Irvine will have 20 days to challenge the findings, or he could face a maximum 12 month suspension and fines up to $20,000.