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James Irvin Getting One More Chance, Back at Light-Heavyweight

(Well, he certainly has his mother‘s cheekbones. Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

Adding to the long list of horrible stuff that has happened to him in his career, James Irvin‘s last fight at UFC of Versus: Vera vs. Jones was an utter disaster. The Sandman looked painfully emaciated in his first attempt at middleweight, and crumpled to the mat after taking an eye-punch from Alessio Sakara. It was the fourth time in his last five appearances that Irvin has ended a fight on the mat writhing in pain or otherwise immobilized. (See also: Anderson Silva slicing him up, his blown out ACL/MCL against Thiago Silva, and the DQ victory via illegal knee he endured against Luis Cane.) Truly, the Octagon has become a dangerous place for James Irvin. Unfortunately, quitting doesn’t seem to be an option.

Despite the fact that he hasn’t won a fight in over two years, MMA Weekly is reporting that Irvin will get one last shot to redeem himself at UFC on Versus 2 (August 1st, Salt Lake City). Irvin will be heading back up to 205 — thank God — to face Igor Pokrajac, the Cro Cop disciple who has gone 0-2 in the Octagon, dropping fights to Vladimir Matyushenko and James "Hey, Tuna" Te-Huna. Obviously, it’s a must-win for both guys, though if Irvin can make it through the fight without any serious injuries, you have to consider that a victory in itself.

Related: UFC on Versus 2 will also host a middleweight contest between Yushin Okami and Mark Munoz. Rebounding from his UFC 104 loss to Chael Sonnen, Okami turned in one of the most impressive performances of his career when he beat down Lucio Linhares at "Florian vs. Gomi" in March. Munoz is a perfect 3-0 at middleweight, and most recently scored a TKO over Kendall Grove in UFC 112′s Fight of the Night.

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ghostboner- May 8, 2010 at 10:41 am
A quick list of things there is nothing wrong with:
missile nips
having a face like a mummy but a super ripped bod

I say power to ya James "the Mummy" Irvin. Because nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
If you want to clown on someone, try George Roop for fighting at 135. Dude is 6'1", and fighting at 135??
Ratel- May 8, 2010 at 6:41 am
Irvin is finished. His body can't take it and is always breaking down. He's hopped around in weight classes, and look how well that's going for him. Guy needs to get a job as a bartender somewhere where his fighting experience can still score him some chicks.
Gladheateher- May 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm
Irvin had another good knockout VS Terry Martin, 9 second of round 2 by way of flying knee. Martin was seen as an up and coming KO artist with the comparisons of Mike Tyson.

Before Scott Smith had a comeback victory and won TUF4 he only had two losses, 1 was to James Irvin. At the time Smith was 5-0.

James Irvin just looks like a fighter who has great potential based on his entertaining fights from the distant past. The UFC obviously want to do good by him and see a proper return on their investment before dumping him.
justscrappin- May 7, 2010 at 11:27 am
Don't deny Paul Rubens ability to indecently expose himself in the clinch. I'M ON THE PHONE!....DUH UH UH UH DUH DUH DUH...TEQUILA!
iDestroy- May 7, 2010 at 11:21 am
Man I really hope this guy cab get back to his winning ways.

War Sandman..
Barc- May 7, 2010 at 11:11 am
B. Nasty
I would love to see Pee Wee Herman Vs. Andy Dick. Start a promotion, make it happen, and give me tickets. For what it's worth, I take Andy Dick by daddy issues and gender clarity in rd 2.
El Guapo- May 7, 2010 at 11:08 am
That picture's just disturbing! If ever the UFC puts on a show in Somalia, pretty sure we know who's gonna headline..
GUI-uh-TEEN- May 7, 2010 at 10:57 am
A small family could stand in the shade under those cheek bones...

Stak40- May 7, 2010 at 10:36 am
I really want to know. Besides beating Houston Alexander (who turned out to be a nobody) who has Irvin beat that is worth mentioning and all the hype that he gets?
justscrappin- May 7, 2010 at 10:15 am
Nealio- May 7, 2010 at 9:57 am
Irvin is still in the UFC cuz he's either handing down a highlight reel knockout, or being carted off on a stretcher. Let us not forget the last fight he DID win was a sub 10 second icing of Houston Alexander, who many thought at the time was the next big thing after he blasted Jardine....
LockDown- May 7, 2010 at 9:26 am
Hey, Rafael dos Anjos will face Clay Guida! You guys should post about it.
1inchdick- May 7, 2010 at 9:22 am
bf is gone and now cagepotato blows!!!! plus this website is slower than shit
1inchdick- May 7, 2010 at 9:21 am
hey which one of u assholes changed my username??

yeah im a dick but at least i was honest, that fuckin article sucked my balls

many others agreed too so fuck you bg and mr
wifey- May 7, 2010 at 9:17 am
dude. I can't wait to see this guy looking like a normal human being again.

I don't know if anything can be done about those missile nips, tho.
Viva Hate- May 7, 2010 at 9:15 am
Hmmm the more his face gets pounded in by various fatighers, the more he starts to look like his tattoo.
BossNasty- May 7, 2010 at 9:06 am
@Get off me--Who gives a rats funky ass about Tito? I'd rather watch pee wee herman fight andy dick. At least Irvin still has respect, Tito's just making a fool of himself, from getting punked by Lidell and the fact that he could barely whoop his own wife.
rlh61- May 7, 2010 at 8:52 am
@justscrappin...still laughing at Irvin's new nickname...
rlh61- May 7, 2010 at 8:43 am
Yeah, bad luck hardly describes it...if I ever bump into him on an airplane, bus, or skyscraper, i'm gettin' the fuck out.
Get Off Me- May 7, 2010 at 8:39 am
"Despite the fact that he hasn't won a fight in over two years"

Tito has not won a fight in 4 years!

I remember Irvin with the bad hair at heavyweight getting served, I remember Irvin doing the peck felxing and gettin' smoked by Silva at 205 and then of course Irvin's epic portrayal of Bill Halleck at 185......
Irvin know's all about weight classes, what he has forgotten is how to win a fight and that he must confront the gypsy who put the curse on him.
justscrappin- May 7, 2010 at 8:37 am
I wouldn't want to stand 10 feet from this guy. It's one thing to have bad luck...but this guy could turn the common cold into the black plague. I just wish he would see the writing on the wall....don't get back into the cage for god's sake James! He is trying to tell you something and your not listening. His new nickname is James " Final Destination " Irvin. You can't run from the reaper bitch.
ScarTissue- May 7, 2010 at 8:03 am
I need a shoop of Irvin as Skeletor, STAT!
ScarTissue- May 7, 2010 at 8:02 am
I need a shoop of Irvin as Skelletor, STAT!
jimbonics- May 7, 2010 at 8:00 am
lmao kimbo.

RearNakedPoke- May 7, 2010 at 7:58 am
i was expecting big things from Irvin...i hope he can turn this into a win streak.