Posted on: March 21, 2010 9:14 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2010 10:01 pm
Up first is a middleweight bout pitting James "Sandman" Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara.
This is Irvin's first fight since his infamous one-minute KO loss to Anderson Silva in July 2008. Sakara has won his last two UFC fights (vs. Thales Leites and Joe Vedepo).
This one should be all-standup, unless one of them views the other's lack of submissions prowess as too much of a temptation and can't resist the urge to try their luck on the ground. Don't bet on that.
Round 1: Both guys stalking each other slowly. One-two combos from both guys, but nothing much landing. Sakara misses a spinning backfist. Sakara connects with a combo. Left hook by Sakara. Irvin counters with a leg kick. Sakara with a straight left to the gut. Nice right hand by Sakara connects with Irvin's jaw. Sakara mixing up his punches here, landing a left hook to the eye. Irvin starts complaining of an eye poke and the referee separates Sakara from Irvin.
Irvin says he got poked in the eye, but several replays show that it was clearly a punch to the eye socket, so if Irvin got poked, it wasn't by an extended finger, but possibly part of the glove or knuckle. Referee Josh Rosenthal notes that it was a punch rather than an errant eye poke (i.e., a legal blow), and therefore, if Irvin can't continue, Sakara wins the fight.
Doctors evaluate Irvin, and the fight is waved off. The crowd boos the decision, but there isn't much that can be done about stuff like this.
Winner: Alessio Sakara defeats James Irvin via TKO due to injury stoppage (eye) at 3:01 of Round 1.
Posted on: August 22, 2008 12:27 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2008 12:28 pm
The California State Athletic Commission announced on Thursday that EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva tested positive for the banned substance boldenone, stemming from his 7/26 fight with Justin Eilers on Showtime.
Silva and his co-manager Alex Davis claim he never took the substance and vow to appeal what they insist is a false positive.
Meanwhile, EliteXC head of fight operations Jeremy Lappen issued a statement that the promotion will stand by Silva through the appeals process.
In a written statement released Thursday, Lappen said the following:
"We respect the California commission and the job they do. We always enjoy working with them and work very well together. The illegal use of steroids is a problem in all major sports, including mixed martial arts. We certainly do not condone the use of steroids.
“But we also support, trust and have confidence in our fighter, Antonio Silva, who has denied ever taken any illegal substance, including steroids, and is prepared to challenge the results of the California Commission.
“So until all the facts are known and a final decision is rendered, EliteXC will reserve making any further comments at this time."
Silva has been suspended for one year, retroactive to July 26, and fined $2,500 by the CSAC, pending the appeal.
There was some speculation that if Silva did not appeal the punishment with the CSAC, that EliteXC would be forced to strip him of the heavyweight title. With company superstar Kimbo Slice fighting a still-unnamed opponent on the Oct. 4 Saturday Night Fights for CBS -- in front of a hometown crowd in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- it seemed logical that EliteXC might consider putting the vacant title up for grabs in the Kimbo Slice fight. However, Lappen's committment to stand by Silva in his appeal will probably nix that idea, even if Silva does eventually surrender the title.
Boldenone is an anabolic steroid used primarily for treatment of horses. It is not intended for human use, but frequently pops up in test failures for banned substances in MMA. Stephan Bonnar, Josh Barnett, Kit Cope and Phil Baroni have all tested positive for boldenone at various times.
The CSAC also announced that Edwin Dewees, who lost to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the undercard of Affliction: Banned on July 19, tested positive for nandrolone. Like Silva, Dewees has been fined $2,500 and suspended for one year retroactive to the date of the fight.
The recent string of drug test failures are not exclusive to EliteXC and Affliction. On July 29, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that UFC fighter James Irvin tested positive for painkillers methadone and oxymorphone stemming from his KO loss to Anderson Silva on July 19.
In a written statement to the NSAC, Irvin has since admitted taking the substances without a prescription to alleviate pain in his foot. He is likely to be suspended for six to nine months and fined, pending a hearing by the NSAC.
Posted on: July 19, 2008 11:30 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2008 11:43 pm
The main event is up next, as reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva ventures into the light heavyweight division to fight James "The Sandman" Irvin.
Silva told me this week that he thinks this fight is "gonna be great." I sure hope he's right.
Round 1: Silva throws some low kicks. Irvin throws one to the head and misses. Irvin throws another kick. Silva catches his leg, levels him with a straight right to the chin, and Irvin crumbles to the ground. Silva smashes him with a series of rights on the ground, and Irvin is completely out. Well, that was quick.
Winner: Anderson Silva defeats James Irvin via KO due to strikes at 1:01 of Round 1.
This guy is downright scary. He just makes it look so easy.
Irvin has a gigantic gash under his right eye. It's about a .8 on the Marvin Eastman scale.
Posted on: July 19, 2008 10:30 am
We will have dueling live blogs of both the UFC and Affliction shows starting tonight, with this one covering the UFC event, round by round, starting between 8 and 9 p.m. ET. Todd Martin will cover all the action from ringside of the Affliction event in his own CBS blog, starting closer to 7:15 p.m. ET.
Everybody made weight for UFC Fight Night 14, but it was a close call for James Irvin, who initially weighed in at 207.5. He came back an hour later weighing 206, so the fight is on at the scheduled weight.
James Irvin (206) vs. Anderson Silva (206)
Reese Andy (206 vs. Brandon Vera (204)
Frank Edgar (155) vs. Hermes Franca (155)
Jake O’Brien (236) vs. Cain Velasquez (236)
Kevin Burns (171) vs. Anthony Johnson (170)
C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Jesse Taylor (184)
Brodie Farber (171) vs. Rory Markham (170)
Johnny Rees (183) vs. Nate Loughran (183)
James Giboo (170) vs. Brad Blackburn (170)
Dale Hartt (156) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156)
Cale Yarbrough (186) vs. Tim Credeur (185)
Join us later today for a complete rundown of the action.