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James Irvin flees to Poland, bad luck vows to follow

“Why does this keep happening to me?!”


In case you haven’t heard, James “Sandman” Irvin has had a pretty bad run of luck in recent years.  Well, really for most of his career, but the last couple years have been particularly frowny-face.

First he got blasted by Anderson Silva in a minute flat back in 2008, then he pissed hot for painkillers.  A 20-month layoff followed due to the resulting suspension and multiple injuries.  When he finally returned to the Octagon in early 2010, he looked scary skinny in his first (and last) attempt at middleweight against Alessio Sakara, and was taken out in the first round by a single punch directly to the eyeball.  His last last-chance with the UFC came and went with yet another first round loss to Igor Pokrajac in August, that time by RNC.

He did manage to win his first scrap back in the bushleagues by first round KO, but not before getting dropped and ” target=”_blank”>TKO’d Jorge Santiago in the first round of a non-title bout at Sengoku 11.  Khalidov lost the rematch by decision, but it’s worth noting that it’s still his only loss since 2005.

Though Khalidov is a middleweight, this fight will be at 205 lbs, but suffice to say the weight advantage most likely won’t help Irvin a whole helluva lot.  After all, we’re talking about a guy who’s 1-1-1 in his last three fights against D-league scrubs, taking on a dude who’s only lost once in nearly six years and is widely considered to be top-20 in the world.  Plus, athletic commissions tend to frown upon fighters who ignore their suspensions, so it’s practically guaranteed that the CSAC will extend his time in the penalty box for this.

So in a nutshell, besides a couple thousand Euros in his pocket, all signs point to Irvin coming home with another loss, a sore face, and a few months tacked onto his suspension to boot.  You know when people complain about their bad luck, but it’s plain to observers that they kinda cause a lot of it themselves?  Yeah.

  • Reverend Clint

    James better not go gambling in Vegas… he might end up burried in the desert

  • frickshun

    Smithwick–>caption is awesome!!


    “Though Khalidov is a middleweight, this fight will be at 205 lbs,”

    Sounds like it was scheduled for 185lbs. or a catch weight because MMA Mania says he missed weight. He weighed in at 200 lbs. and Khalidov came in at 191.8.

  • agentsmith

    That’s weird, Sherdog now says it was supposed to be at 185, but they knew Irvin wouldn’t make it, so Khalidov didn’t bother either.

    But just a couple days ago they said it was to be at 205:

    I forgot to note that Irvin also took this fight on only a couple weeks notice, so no wonder he didn’t even come close to 185.

  • Reverend Clint

    who cares what weight it was supposed to be at… what happens in Poland stays in Poland

  • iamphoenix

    irvin always had the sexiest body in the UFC.

  • Letibleu

    Poland, where the men are men and the sheep are nervous.

  • glassjawsh

    armbarred in 33 second HA!!