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James Irvin Barely Survives Tune-Up Fight Against Chubby Dude in Sad Gymnasium

(Coulda been worse, I guess…)

Just two months after bouncing out of the UFC following his third-straight loss at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko, notoriously cursed striker James Irvin began his climb back to the big leagues at a Rebel Fights event in Roseville, California, on Saturday. As you’ll see in the video after the jump, it must have been a humbling experience from the get-go. Instead of a deafening, appropriately lit arena, Irvin squared off with a dude named Angel DeAnda for the entertainment of a couple hundred folks in a cinder-blocked space that was as small as it was bright.

It would have been especially depressing if Irvin lost — and he was a ball-hair away of doing just that. DeAnda starts the fight bombing out on Irvin with left hooks, but is floored by a patented Sandman Superman Punch. DeAnda pops back up, quickly scores a knockdown of his own, and starts pouring on the pain from the top. Check the vid’s 1:35 mark to see just how close Josh Rosenthal was to stopping the fight; he basically changes his mind at the last possible moment, which allows Irvin to get his bearings, work his way up, and put the stamp on DeAnda. 

In all fairness, Irvin vs. DeAnda was a ridiculous back-and-forth slugfest that would have won Fight of the Night honors had it taken place at a UFC event. Instead, it occurred in near-obscurity, and served as a reality check that James Irvin needs a lot more tuning-up before he’s ready for the UFC again. And now, the video…

(Props: xSUAVEEx via Fightlinker)

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2DaDeath- October 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm
That's a crazy story about the post-fight antics, hose. Reminds me of when Irvin knocked out Houston with that superman punch of his, but still got booed by the entire audience because of his attitude.
Boo- October 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm
best headline ever
Stak40- October 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Anybody notice Irvin's sponsors or lack there of? Damn Anderson "the career killer" Silva.

Man fuck a stool!
itsgalf- October 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm
damn Rosenthal, don't just stand over the guy. Pull his mouthpiece out and raise his head up
jimbonics- October 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm
I hear ya 2.

On a side note, after fighting at 205 and 185 in the UFC, Irvin is a HW now?

Nevermind. I see he fought at HW in the WEC.

On a side note, the WEC had a HW division?
2DaDeath- October 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm
That's a great list, jim, but i'm talking about Liddell as of recent (which I'm sure you knew). The only thing Irvin is going to accomplish at the end of his "exciting" career is a Liddell-like glass jaw. And that's if he's lucky.
Charming Charlie- October 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Dana White should show this to TUF cast members in the first episode. I haven't seen something that made me question whether I wanted to be a fucking fighter more since Corey "Oh Snap" Hill pulled out his standing rubber guard one fight.
jimbonics- October 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm



Worked well enough to earn the belt, defend it four times, and help launch MMA into the consciousness of America. I hear he's made a fuckton of money in the process as well.
2DaDeath- October 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm
So Irvin's defense is basically the ability to withstand his opponents best punches so he can deliver his own knockout punches. That worked pretty good for Liddell, I hear.
uzithrasha- October 4, 2010 at 11:59 am
irvin always walks away when he gets the k.o. He forgot to shoot him with his finger
MoTropolis- October 4, 2010 at 11:41 am
"He fights outta Oakdale MMA, with the McDonald brothers."

You mean the ones that gave Anderson Silva his black belt in BJJ?
El Guapo- October 4, 2010 at 11:35 am
Irving weighed 237 pounds? Was he wearing a bulletproof vest when he weighed in or what?? Either my eyes are deceiving me or that scale was trippin balls... ORRRR muscle really does weigh more than fat.

One thing's for sure... That was a good scrap! Haven't seen a UFC main event like that in a long time.
frndlylion- October 4, 2010 at 11:34 am

I've always gotten the impression that Irvin is a decent guy. He didnt try to follow him to the ground and beat him some more when he knew he had landed a knockout blow. He just walked away and let the ref do his job. It doesnt surprise me he would show concern for a still downed opponent after the fight. The guy was clearly still out cold even though he was trying to stand up. The lights were on but nobody was home.
As far as the interactions with the guy's fans and family we'll have to see if some upcoming video will show us what really happened.

After that performance, I do hope strikeforce picks him up. He deserves it.
DazedNConfused- October 4, 2010 at 10:11 am
I found the fight pretty exciting. The only problem was that Irvin didn't really seem like he wanted to be in there. If he would've gotten knocked out it would have been because he didn't even have the motivation to put his hands up. Luckily, he managed to last and land a nasty TKO on this guy. Damn, Irvin may be a shell of his old self but he can still hit like a train.

Oh and hose406, please find that video. That sounds like some funny, fill up my boring work day with laughter, shit.
NinjaNerd8- October 4, 2010 at 9:34 am
Lol. Banned from the forums for calling a mod out for saying Fedor has no heart (Randleplex, anyone?). I guess being a mod makes you automatically right.

By the way, kid, I hate Sherdog.
hose406- October 4, 2010 at 8:56 am
I'll try and get the video off of my teammates IPhone, the video that's posted here cuts off way early. There were definatly people outside getting arrested. As we were leaving there were a bunch of cops on there way in. They didn't even announce Irvin as the winner, the just said " ladies and gentleman security has advised us to request that everyone leave the building". It was a mad house.
netterbog- October 4, 2010 at 8:45 am


You could see Irwin was pretty professional afterwards, but some of Angel's guys were clearly talking crap to him while the medics tried to get Angel onto the stool.

"held at taser point" is also the phrase of the day.
BackbaconBilly- October 4, 2010 at 8:38 am
@hose406...LOL, sounds like fun. Looks like Irvin has found his new home.
hose406- October 4, 2010 at 8:25 am
I was there cornering my fighters, and In all acutuality, Irvin was the heavierguy at weigh ins. Angel only weighed 221 and Irvin was 237. You could tell in the back that Irvin looked disinterested to say the least. Pretty sure Angel is 7-2 and the Gladiator Challange Heavy weight Champ. He fights outta Oakdale MMA, with the McDonald brothers. You guys shoulda seen the craziness that happned after words. Ill try and post a video, But sandman flipped off Angels Parents and family sitting ringside, called in security, and then everyone went apeshit. Throwing beers, People outside being arrested and held at taser point. It was a mess.
HEY- October 4, 2010 at 8:23 am
Dayum Sandman, just... DAYUM!
Also, good job Josh Rosenthal.
Prometheus- October 4, 2010 at 7:55 am
That sounded like a baseball bat hitting a raw slab of steak.
Viva Hate- October 4, 2010 at 7:47 am
Angel “I make Roy Nelson look solid” DeAnda
jimbonics- October 4, 2010 at 7:33 am

It was my guess that the various Athletic Commissions paid the refs. If that's the case, I would work every fight I could get my hands on.
jimbonics- October 4, 2010 at 7:32 am
I'm guessing DeAnda missed weight.

Props to him though for surviving that knockdown to get up and knock Irvin down. Props to Irvin for surviving his knockdown and coming back to STARCH that poor bastard.

That was a world-class swing.
Fried Taco- October 4, 2010 at 7:22 am
James "I don't need no stinkin' blocks" Irvin!