James Irvin has beed forced to withdraw from his scheduled middleweight debut against Wilson Gouveia, which was to take place on August 29 at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon, after suffering what is being called a “massive” knee injury.
From radio host Carmichael Dave on The Underground:
Sacramento based fighter James Irvin has suffered another massive setback in his oft-injured career, this time with a massive knee injury.
He will obviously not be able to face Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102.
Irvin is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery sometime in the next few days, and is also expected to miss 6-10 months.
Irvin (14-5) had won 3 of his first 4 UFC fights, including a UFC record-tying 8-second KO of Houston Alexander in April 2008, before suffering a first-round knockout to Anderson Silva at light heavyweight in his most-recent bout last June.
“The Sandman” tested positive for several banned painkillers following the loss and was issued a 9-month suspension. He was to return from the suspension in May but another knee injury, a torn miniscus, forced him out of the matchup with fellow-slugger Drew McFedries.
A replacement has not yet been named to fight Gouveia (12-6) on the UFC 102 preliminary card. The pay-per-view event is headlined by Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.