UFC light heavyweight James Irvin, in a letter to the Nevada State Athletic Commission obtained by Sherdog, has confirmed his use of painkillers in advance of his 205-pound main event bout against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 14 in July.
â€œIn the days leading up to my fight with Anderson Silva, I experienced some residual pain in my foot from a previous injury,â€ wrote Irvin in the letter. â€œI made the extremely poor choice to take some pain medications that I did not have a prescription for. I realize this was an ignorant and dangerous decision.â€
Irvin faces a fine and suspension for the failed drug test which will be determined at a future NSAC hearing.