James Irvin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced today that James Irvin has tested positive for banned painkillers following his devastating knockout loss to reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at the UFC’s recent July 19th event in Las Vegas.
Irvin reportedly had two different kind of drugs in his system - Oxymorphone, a powerful opiate which is primarily used to alleviate severe pain and Methadone, which is alternatively used to treat recovering drug addicts. Irvin has been temporarily suspended by the commission pending a disciplinary hearing in the coming weeks. An official length of the suspension and fine is expected to be handed out following the meeting.
The loss to Silva snapped a two-fight winning streak for Irvin, who had quickly shot up the ranks of the UFC’s light heavyweight division following a quick stoppage of upstart Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13 in April. Irvin took the bout against Silva on short notice despite recovering from a broken foot that forced him to withdraw from a scheduled bout against Rashad Evans in May. The injury could possibly answer the question as to why the drugs were in his system.
Meanwhile, the California State Athletic Commission also announced today that Justin Levens has tested positive for Oxymorphone as well following his planned participation at Affliction Entertainment’s “Banned event” on July 19th in Anaheim. He has been suspended for six months and fined $1,000.
Levens was slated to take on Ray Lazama at the popular clothing company’s debut show two weeks ago but the bout was scrapped at the last-minute due to time constraints. However both fighters were reportedly paid their full purses including half of the bonuses they would have been paid for winning.