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UFC’s Most Cursed Fighter Will Try to Return in March Against Alessio Sakara

It’s kind of crazy to think about it, but UFC fighter James Irvin hasn’t been in the Octagon since his 61-second knockout loss to Anderson Silva, way back in July 2008. Since then, the Sandman has served a nine-month suspension for unauthorized painkiller use and pulled out of two different fights due to knee injuries. (This is the same guy who blew out his knee during a match against Thiago Silva in May 2007, broke his foot while training for a UFC 85 bout against Rashad Evans, and once fell out of the cage during a fight against Bobby Southworth.) And yet the UFC has stuck by Irvin, continuing to offer him fights that he very likely won’t show up for. Everybody cross your fingers, because Irvin will reportedly make his long-delayed middleweight debut at "UFC on Versus" (March 21st; Broomfield, Colorado).

If he can avoid injuries or other major misfortunes for the next two months, Irvin’s opponent will be Alessio Sakara, who most recently won a split-decision over Thales Leites at UFC 101, effectively beating him out of the UFC. Sakara was scheduled to face Rousimar Palhares at the TUF 10 finale, but was forced to withdraw due to injury. This has to be Irvin’s last chance to save his job — will he return to his old superman-punching, flying-knee’ing form, or will he get hit by a bus on the way to weigh-ins?

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MostDiabolicalHaterThisSideOfTheMississippi- January 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm
^^^^ case and point
UFC fan- January 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm
oh mostdiabolical.......I couldnt care less what you think. thanks for playing along.
MostDiabolicalHaterThisSideOfTheMississippi- January 16, 2010 at 10:19 am
Oh UFC fan, you never miss an opportunity to say something completely retarded.
Organ Donor- January 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm
James is crying in the picture because he's also a CP commenter, and he just found out that Arianny is going to get interviewed Ben Fowlkes.
iDestroy- January 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Wow. The sandman dodged a bullet by getting injured before the palhares fight. I'll take injury over death any day.
Jim- January 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm
James combined fight time over the last 3 years is 4 minutes. Against Sakara, I think he gets the job done somewhere around the 20 second mark, depending on the referee. should be a good fight though!
kangerpang- January 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm
I cant believe nobody has said anything about the fact that James is crying in that picture.
Get Off Me- January 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm
It will be a good fight simply due to future implications for both guys.
I would like to see Irvin fight Kimbo if he wins v. a catchweight or something, that would be great.
UFC fan- January 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm
I think Irvin, and Bones jones should fight for "biggest douchtard" of the decade, and then both get fired.
MMA42- January 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm
I really hope this guy can fight. He seems like someone you can have a drink with. Hope for the best for, "The Sandman"
LBo- January 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm
Him vs. Sakara is like a contender bout for Dana's #1 get-hitman. Winner will have a superfight against Elvis Sinosic.
NateGetsIrate- January 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Man... i almost forgot all about this guy.
Hulk Smash- January 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm
he needs another pirate tattoo. yar.
skeletor- January 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm
He could actually win this fight. But so could Alessio. Congratulations guys one of you will still be in the UFC after this fight.