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James Irvin vs. Houston Alexander pulled from Shark Fights 14

A rematch between former UFC light heavyweights James Irvin and Houston Alexander has been removed from the line-up for Shark Fights 14 after both men encountered issues preventing them from stepping into the ring on March 11 in Lubbock, Texas at the event. Irvin previously beat Alexander by way of knockout eight seconds into a 2008 bout at UFC Fight Night 13.

According to an official statement from Shark Fights Promotions’ President Brent Medley, the company was forced to withdraw the match-up due to Alexander being injured while training and Irvin facing a possible steroid-related suspension in California. Medley also added Shark Fights was on the cusp of signing a new co-headlining clash to go alongside Matt Horwich vs. Danillo Villefort and expected to announce something soon.

No specifics were offered on Alexander’s health or Irvin’s drug test though an earlier report on Sherdog cited the CSAC’s confirmation of a hit from Irvin’s December 2 appearance under the Tachi Palace Fights banner against Jorge Oliveira (where he ultimately lost via first-round submission). The incident marks the second time “The Sandman” has tested positive for a banned substance in his career.

Read below for a full listing of the Shark Fights 14 card as it stands right now:

Matt Hobar vs. Jeremy Gauna
Cesar Rodriguez Jr. vs. Tommy Gomez
Mark Martinez vs. Jonathen Valencia
Matt Dodgen vs. Gino Davila
Matt Espinoz vs. Ryan Benoit
Larry Garcia vs. Derek Cansino-Davila
Donnie Frye vs. Quaint Kempf
Layne Hernandez vs. Gabe Vasquez
Ben Medina vs. TBA
Greg Huval vs. Kyle Bracey
Sean Shakour vs. Joseph Sandoval
Alex Cisne vs. Eric Davila
Mikel Bronzoulis vs. Todd Moore
Matt Horwich vs. Danillo Villefort

  • Rece Rock says:

    Well that SUCKS…

    Another thought is Brent Medley should be cautious about making statements about a POSSIBLE steroid-related suspension… That’s like your boss saying aloud to the other staff ” Hey John Doe won’t be in today due to a possible illegal drug use related matter”… hmm.

  • MCM says:

    I know James had that issue with prescription pain killers a while ago. I know his career has taken a downturn lately, but I hope he’s not back on the stuff.

    It’s a shame for Shark Fights as this match had a lot of buzz around it with the fans.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I just read a good interview with Irvin a month or so ago that has him talking about how much better he feels now that he is clean. If this turns out to be true that the CSAC finds he did use I will hold him right up there with Barnette and not really give any credit to any of his wins, how can you?

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I used the term “possible” (was listed as “alleged” in the press release) because he hasn’t actually been punished yet – just said by the CSAC to have tested positive for steroids.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Brendan, Has there ever been a time when the CSAC has issued a statement that a fighter has tested positive for a banned substance, then retracted it? I feel that it is a safe bet Irvin had it in his system, BUT before we judge him a complete cheater lets see if there is a medical reason for this IE Sonnen having acual medical excuses for his testosterone.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    On the “positive” side of this, we get to watch quit possably a much better co-main event in Tara Larosa vs Corina Damm. And this event is live on HD-Net.


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