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Video: James Irvin’s Comeback Hits a Roadblock at ‘Tachi Palace Fights 7′

(Props: TachiPalaceFights. Fight starts at the 2:03 mark.)

Two months after he barely survived his first post-UFC outing against Angel DeAnda, James Irvin was back in action last night at "Tachi Palace Fights 7: Deck the Halls" in Lemoore, California — and he wasn’t so lucky this time. In the main event of the evening, Irvin took on 5-2-1 Chute Boxe product Jorge "Van Damme" Oliveira, who holds victories over Shonie Carter and Mike Van Arsdale. After failing on a takedown attempt, Oliveira wound up on his back, and did his best to defend Irvin’s ground-and-pound. At the video’s 3:24 mark, Irvin’s gets enough space to rain down some nasty blows, and Oliveira kicks him off. Irvin dives back in, and is immediately caught in a triangle/armbar. Fun fact: Irvin hasn’t been out of the first round in over four years.

Maybe Oliveira is just an affectionate guy in general, but the dude lays it on a little thick in his post-fight show of respect, hugging and kissing Irvin on the mat, raising the Sandman’s arm in faux-victory, bowing to him in a "we’re not worthy" pose (dude, it’s James Irvin, you’re worthy), getting up to hug him some more, then hugging him again after a brief visit with his corner. Now we know why they call him "Van Damme."

The Tachi Palace event also featured an insane bout between TUF 11 castmember Seth Baczynski and WEC/UFC vet Tim McKenzie, which ended with Baczynski getting his left arm snapped in an armbar, then elbowing McKenzie into unconsciousness with his non-broken arm. 2010 Finish of the Year candidate, for sure. Check it out after the jump…

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Canadian Chronic- December 4, 2010 at 6:07 am
didnt think it was all that weird to buddy started to touch Irvins feet like he's some kida MMA Christ figure, WTF?
dude- December 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm
That's a lot of hugging and kissing and caressing don't you think? If i were the Sandman I'd shove that dude off me. Ok, u won, now leave me alone.
Viva Hate- December 3, 2010 at 11:56 am
No coverage for the John Alessio vs. Phil Collins fight? I threw on my vinyl copy of No Jacket Required and was let down when some black dude showed up.
bcpjkell- December 3, 2010 at 11:47 am
Was Baczynski wearing UFC compression shorts?
easy21- December 3, 2010 at 11:43 am
Haha that gif of JCVD was hilarious and disturbing! I'll never be able to watch The Quest again without thinking of that image, thanks CP
HEY- December 3, 2010 at 11:36 am
Fighter elbow-KOs opponent after broken arm allows him to escape submission attempt. Awesome.
Fried Taco- December 3, 2010 at 11:09 am
Just watched the Irvin fight, and noticed how Oliveira takes his mouth guard out so he can nibble on James' ear.
Elentius- December 3, 2010 at 10:43 am
I am a fan of Irvin. He will be back. Anyone who says he lost it just because he got caught does not know MMA. It happened to AS and GSP and now look at them.
Second fight was excellent.
Goat- December 3, 2010 at 9:52 am
Can we get CP to do a timeline of all the crazy loses and unfortunate happenings that have happened to Irvin?

I'd like to read that laundry list.
NorthSouthDudesOnly- December 3, 2010 at 9:22 am
Van Damme was 4-2-1.
You wrote the article after the fight and forgot to subtract the Irvin win from his record.
Morningwood- December 3, 2010 at 9:17 am
Poor James Irvin. Another guy who hasn't had a big payday and needs to keep fighting after his skills have left him.

I've always like him. But, maybe he and Chuck should open a car dealership together somewhere.
Morningwood- December 3, 2010 at 9:14 am
josh rosenthal makes fights exciting! tells the guy winning to stop either verbally or posture and then lets him take a beating from his opponent.

But, hey McKenzie, you got to fight until the fat lady sings! Can't let up bro, got to Paulo Fihlo suckas!
The Fresh One- December 3, 2010 at 9:12 am
Still a Sandman fan.
NomadRip- December 3, 2010 at 9:01 am
That upkick knocked Irwin silly. He was half out, which is why he didn't really defend that much.

It also looked like the mohawk guy gave up the broken wrist because Rosenthal was almost laying on top of them. He even looked like he started to push them apart right before the elbows started flying.
vaicavalo- December 3, 2010 at 8:59 am
when the fight finished, Irvin laid down, Oliveira went on the top and i thought "oh that's it, they'll gonna love each other right there"

thank god they were just making out a litte bit

the sub was like training, after the upkick Irvin did nothing to get out, just saw Oliveira moving his legs to connect the triangle armbar
Goog- December 3, 2010 at 8:58 am
I still like this dude, no matter what he does. Can't figure it out. But I remember the early days of the programs growing and seeing him knee Terry Martin and stroll off like he was just doing a dry run. Then he superman punched Houston Alexander and his cool factor went up again.

Keep at it, James. Lord knows why... but I'm a fan.
danomite- December 3, 2010 at 8:56 am
where would we be with out Josh Rosenthal? we have him to thank for this comeback, the lesnar v. carwin comeback, and Faber choking Mizugaki into a living death. Did he win ref of the year?
Fried Taco- December 3, 2010 at 8:45 am
Good ole Josh, always protecting the fighters.
steampunk22- December 3, 2010 at 8:37 am
Sad to see.

I think Irvin got staggered a bit by that last upkick actually. his balance goes a little funny and he has little to no reaction when he goes down to his knees, he's sort of just frozen there. Easy finish after that. Definitely think that upkick caught him though, it clearly connects on his chin.
Merlin- December 3, 2010 at 8:35 am
Damn ... I used to love the Sandman.

"I could've been a contender"
MoTropolis- December 3, 2010 at 8:27 am
No retreat, NO SURRENDER!!!
mikesioda- December 3, 2010 at 8:25 am