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James Irvin Pops Positive For Methadone, Oxymorphone

You thought it couldn’t get worse for James Irvin after his 61-second destruction at the hands of Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 14. You were dead wrong. Turns out Irvin’s post-fight urine sample was positive for both methadone and oxymorphone. That’s right, methadone, as in what they give to help recovering heroin addicts. And that’s also right, oxymorphone, the semi-synthetic opiod that is 6-8 times more potent than morphine. Damn, James Irvin. Sup?

Because this is undoubtedly a rough time for “The Sandman” we’ll refrain from jokes suggesting that if he was on these narcotic pain relievers before the bout with Silva, he may have to rob a pharmacy to get through his recovery afterwards. Instead we’ll just say that we’re very curious to hear an explanation and to see what steps the UFC and Nevada State Athletic Commission will take with something like this. Irvin has twenty days to respond and contest the results, or else it’s likely to be fine and suspension time.

Both drugs are considered “banned substances”, but are they performance enhancing? Will he suffer a suspension and fine similar to Nick Diaz, who the NSAC accused of being so doped up (on weed, no less) that he was virtually impervious to pain?

Guess we’ll wait and see. In the meantime, let’s just be glad that everyone else who was tested on the card came back clean.

Update: Justin Levens also tested positive for oxymorphone before the Affliction card that he didn’t even fight on (his bout was scratched due to time issues). He’s been fined $1,000 and is suspended until January 15. All without stepping into the ring.

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babcock- December 19, 2008 at 9:24 am
FYI it is not impossible to maintain a sculped physique while on heroin i was a junkie for a few years and you would have no idea if i hadnt told u. Also remember Mark Ker can?? Pretty sure he was a heroin addict in the Doc Smashing Machine. Eihter that or he was shooting himself with morphine or something. So that could kind of make you impervious to pain, but can also cause severe drowsiness. You would have terrible condition because your heart rate slows down but whatever..... oxymorphone (brand name Opana) is a new drug that doctors are prescribiing in place of oxycontin because of OC's hghly addictive nature. It is preferred because it is supposed to have a less euphoric feeling. It has a short half life,
Bootylam!- July 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm
Dad was a heroin addict and sis was on crystal meth for a minute and they are entirely different. On crystal Irvin might have had a chance.[haha JK] I just stick with that funky, skunky, smelly green shit. And if you got a good connection you are NOT fighting while high or stoned [there's a difference] you're trying to remember all the ingredients to that BOMB sandwich you ate three months ago while watching the Street Fighter 2 anime for the 9th time.
kablamo- July 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm
Tryin' to catch me fightin dirty.............(to the tune of ridin dirty, get it?)
ClownBaby- July 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm
then i'm the green lantern :)
gracies suck ass- July 29, 2008 at 10:49 am
shhhit if diaz became impervious to pain cause he smoked so much weed, I must be god damn super man.
Razor Sheldon- July 29, 2008 at 4:46 am
Sandman horribly mangled his knee vs. Thiago Silva at the Liddell Jackson fight. I was at that fight, and the way he was writhing around and convulsing, we thought something far worse had happened. Apparently his recovery included a lot of pain management meds, because that is the only way you'd have methadone in your system besides trying to rid yourself of a nasty heroin habit...
Marcel- July 29, 2008 at 12:14 am
Just as an fyi... Methadone is used to treat opiate addiction including heroin, but aslo includes a sh!tload of narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin (aka hillbilly heroin here in Canada), Percocet, Endocet and countless other narcotic painkillers which contain hydrocodone like Vicodin in the US. When you are in a methadone treatment program, they make you pee-test once a week and if you p!ss dirty (meaning you have any opiate other than synthetic methadone in your system) you face severe repercussions including getting kicked out of treatment for repeated compromised urine samples. These results show oxymorphone in Irvin's system, so consider that strike one if he in fact is in treatment for opiate addiction... Also, it would be pretty near impossible to maintain his sculpted physique on heroin. Atrophy (muscle waisting) is extremely prevalent in heroin users, plus the oxymorphone suggests the narcotic pain med route.... it's possible he got hooked trying to treat pain, that's how I got hooked... I wish him all the best! It's a tough road ahead!
Drugs for Sale- July 28, 2008 at 11:51 pm
Obviously I know nothing about drugs. Meth meant Meth to me and I have seen cops with the meth heads and I just could not believe a guy with a blood test coming up would be out cranking it out in an alley peeing his pants and stealing a battery off a car to sale for more meth. Then he would get arrested and tell the cops he'd S their D if they gave him $5 bucks. I've seen it time and time again.
Than- July 28, 2008 at 11:48 pm
@glza: as someone who smokes alot of weed and trains, it actually makes you perform worse, and certianly does not make you impervious to pain.
the glza- July 28, 2008 at 10:49 pm
bfowlkes speaks the truth -- don't go confusing methadone and crystal meth - they're complete opposites in the drug spectrum.

i've smoked a LOT of weed in my life... and i find it freaking ridiculous that diaz could have been so high he was impervious to pain. in my experience, you can't use weed for pain management... it just doesn't work that way.

freakin drug hysteria, seriously.

so disappointed.
bfowlkes- July 28, 2008 at 9:57 pm
To clarify, methadone and methamphetamines are two different things. Methadone can be used as a pain reliever, but it also helps ease symptoms of withdrawal for opiate addicts. That's the most common usage, but it can also work as a pain reliever. Definitely not the same as meth, though.
Fedor Emelianenko instructional DVD- July 28, 2008 at 9:52 pm
Man, what was he thinking?! "Recovering heroin addicts"?? Wtf?
Drugs for sale- July 28, 2008 at 9:50 pm
Man. I had 20-1 on This emo punk for $100. Meth? Seriously? Is that Crystal Meth or a different meth? Doesn't meth make you skinny and tweak? He definitely wasn't tweaking. Maybe he should have been. It would have been harder for Silva to put that hole in his face. Meth???? What The Fuck?
TPark- July 28, 2008 at 9:45 pm
The sandman was just doing his job.... as the sandman.
Xamot- July 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm
screw the drug test, that no fear tatoo should have been a dead give away that he was a meth head.
Tsname- July 28, 2008 at 8:57 pm
Maybe he needed the meds for his foot? Didn't he break his foot not too long ago, and maybe it's giving him trouble.

Or he can't get over his love for drugs.
shutupandfight- July 28, 2008 at 8:52 pm
sounds like Ervin was just planning ahead.
walrus- July 28, 2008 at 8:29 pm

The Sandman shoulda tested positive for cocaine.
The Bloc- July 28, 2008 at 8:26 pm
I have information from a reliable source* that Tim Sylvia was doped on Prozac against Fedor.

* My girlfriend's brother's friend's cousin who bought an affliction shirt at the big event told me so.