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James Irvin Made An “Extremely Poor Choice”, Took Pain Medication Without Prescription

James IrvinUFC 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.

“In the days leading up to my fight with Anderson Silva, I experienced some residual pain in my foot from a previous injury,” wrote Irvin in the letter. “I 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.”

Irvin faces a fine and suspension for the failed drug test which will be determined at a future NSAC hearing.

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