(Looks like somebody’s heading to the glue factory. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
Seriously, the Amir Sadollah Curse doesn’t even come close. Carmichael Dave broke the news yesterday that James Irvin, who was scheduled to face Wilson Gouveia later this month at UFC 102, has been forced to drop out of the match due to a serious knee injury suffered in training which will likely require surgery. And that means it’s time 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.
— 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.
— 8/3/09: Irvin is forced to pull out of a UFC 102 match against Wilson Gouveia due to another knee injury. Please, James, tell us that this one is a career-ender. We just can’t handle the disappointments anymore.
Currently, UFC 102‘s lineup looks like this:
Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (HW)
Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva (LHW)
Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt (MW)
Nate Marquardt vs. Demian Maia (MW)
Brandon Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (LHW)