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James Irvin Faces Suspension After Positive Steroid Test [UPDATED]

(Wonder if he’ll blame Ken Shamrock for this one too…)

You know, at a certain point you’re just creating your own bad luck. It was reported yesterday that famously cursed MMA fighter James Irvin will not be meeting Houston Alexander in the co-main event of Shark Fights 14, as he was flagged by the California State Athletic Commission for the steroid epitrenbolone following his December 2 loss against Jorge Oliveira. Irvin faces a fine as well as a one-year suspension that would retroactively begin on December 3rd. In 2008, Irvin caught a nine-month suspension for the use of unapproved painkillers following his loss to Anderson Silva.

As it so happens, the Irvin/Alexander rematch wouldn’t have taken place anyway, since Alexander has apparently suffered an undisclosed injury in training. Shark Fights is currently booking a replacement for the match, and plans to re-schedule the fight when the Sandman and the Assassin are available again. [UPDATE: Tara LaRosa vs. Carina Damm has been confirmed as the replacement co-headliner.] I guess it’s as good a time as any to update the James Irvin “Why Me?” Timeline

6/9/06: A Strikeforce match between Irvin and Bobby Southworth ends in a no-contest after both fighters fell out of the cage. Irvin screwed up his left leg during the tumble and couldn’t continue fighting.

5/26/07: Irvin tears the ACL and MCL of his right knee during a UFC 71 match against Thiago Silva, and the fight is ruled a TKO victory for Silva.

12/29/07: Irvin takes an illegal knee from Luiz Cane during their fight at UFC 79; Irvin is awarded the DQ victory when he can’t continue fighting.

5/20/08: Irvin is forced to pull out of a UFC 85 match against Rashad Evans due to a broken foot.

7/19/08: Irvin gets knocked out by Anderson Silva in 61 seconds at UFC Fight Night 14.

7/29/08: Irvin is suspended from competition for nine months after testing positive for methadone and oxymorphone following the Silva fight. Irvin said he was taking the meds to mask the pain of his previous foot injury, and later admitted to a dependency on the drugs.

4/29/09: Irvin is forced to pull out of a UFC 98 match against Drew McFedries due to a torn meniscus in his knee.

8/3/09: Irvin is forced to pull out of a UFC 102 match against Wilson Gouveia due to another knee injury.

3/20-21/10: Irvin drops to middleweight for UFC on Versus 1, comes into the fight looking like this, and leaves the fight looking like this.

8/1/10: The UFC gives Irvin one last chance to prove himself, and he takes his third-straight first-round loss against Igor Pokrajac.

12/2/10: Despite the use of performance-enhancing drugs, James Irvin is submitted in 93 seconds by some random dude.

1/29/11: A tune-up fight against Mike Crisman ends in a no-contest due to an illegal knee from Irvin.

3/2/11: Irvin is hit with the second suspension of his MMA career after testing positive for steroids following the Oliveira fight.

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Fried Taco- March 3, 2011 at 11:05 am
@Viva - just being allowed to snap these awesome shots is payment enough!
DangadaDang- March 3, 2011 at 9:53 am
I'd like to go back through Irvin's life and find out when exactly he read from the Necronomicon.
RwilsonR- March 3, 2011 at 9:33 am
Awesome! The shower cam that I hid in Cris Cyborg's drain has finally paid off.
Viva Hate- March 3, 2011 at 9:06 am
Who knew Fried Taco was a personal photog for Nicole Bass, does it pay well?
Fried Taco- March 3, 2011 at 8:07 am
It's just one of many from my vast collection.
Shatski- March 3, 2011 at 7:50 am
Pass around the brain bleach. Ugh.
KINGMADE- March 3, 2011 at 7:48 am
Thanks taco.. i hadnt fapped one out yet till that picture.
RSparrow- March 3, 2011 at 7:47 am
- 3/3/11 Fried Taco receives a 24 hour suspension from CP for his antics.
kellyman- March 3, 2011 at 7:44 am
@ Fried Taco: Is that a tiny penis or a giant vagina? From this angle, it's tough to tell.
bgoldstein- March 3, 2011 at 7:32 am
@ Fried Taco : You're going to burn in hell for making me look at that thing. But good point on Carina...
Fried Taco- March 3, 2011 at 7:25 am
On an unrelated note, can we get a poll up on who everyone thinks will be the first female MMA fighter to pose nude?
Fried Taco- March 3, 2011 at 7:15 am
So they replace him with the first female MMA fighter to be suspended for steroids. I love Carina, but Damm!
Negativecreep0- March 3, 2011 at 7:01 am
anytime i see a bulky guy who has bad hairloss i immediately accuse them of using steroids, this article proves my point
Turd Furgeson- March 3, 2011 at 5:55 am
If epitrenbolone enhanced his performance, imagine how fast he woulda got beat without it.
rlh61- March 3, 2011 at 5:48 am
James leads a charmed life, doesn't he?

At middlewight he looks like he pissed off some gypsy king who cast a 'thinner' curse on him. The nail in his cursed coffin would be a lawsuit by Stephen King for copyright infringement.
k-onda- March 3, 2011 at 5:46 am
Wait a sec, this guy was hit with an illegal knee, and didn't continue fighting? Pussy!!!