James 'The Sandman' Irvin

James Irvin is a fighter known for his knockout power and his strange tendency to get injured strangely before and during many fights. He has fought at heavyweight, (he was the WEC heavyweight champion), light-heavyweight and currently at middleweight for the UFC.

He lost most recently in his short-lived middleweight debut against Alessio Sakara and went back up to light-heavyweight to face Igor Pokrajac losing once again via rear-naked choke to the Croatian. Irvin was cut after the fight.

In his first fight out from the UFC, Irvin had early trouble with Angel DeAnda before knocking him unconscious a minute into the bout.

He next fought Jorge Oliveira in the main event of Tachi Palace Fights. After getting stunned with an upkick near the end of the first round, Irvin tapped out to an armbar submission. Irvin next faced Mike Crisman, knocking him out with a knee that turned out to be illegal. The win was overturned to a no-contest. Irvin was next set to fight a rematch against Houston Alexander. Unfortunately he tested positive for steroids following his loss to Oliveira and the Alexander fight in Shark Fights was canceled.

Despite the suspension for the steroids, Irvin next faced powerhouse Mamed Khalidov. Khalidov defeated Irvin via quick armbar submission. It was a suspected work. Regardless, Irvin was next set to face Alavutdin Gadjiev.

Irvin instead next fought Geovantie Davis defeating Davis knocking out Davis in the first round. He then fought Mike LaFlair defeating LaFlair via first round armbar submission.

Irvin next faced Scott Rosa losing via second round technical knockout.

Irvin signed in late May 2014 to make his Bellator debut at middleweight against skilled contender Brennan Ward.


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