Report: Irvin Agrees to Step In Against Evans


James Irvin weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 13. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

James Irvin, fresh off of his quick knockout of Houston Alexander earlier this month, will reportedly replace former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell against an undefeated Rashad Evans when the UFC travels to London, England on June 7th.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which has confirmed Irvin’s participation with sources close to both fighter’s camps.

Irvin’s stoppage of Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2nd tied the record for the fastest finish in UFC history. Don Frye put Thomas Ramirez to sleep in eight seconds as well in his UFC debut back in February 1996.

Evans was originally scheduled to be fighting Thiago Silva in May before being tapped to replace an injured Mauricio Rua against Liddell. The one-time standout college wrestler has not lost yet inside the confines of his UFC. Evans has been victorious in all of his bouts with the exception of a draw against Tito Ortiz last summer.

Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports reports that the UFC now plans to have a total of 13 bouts on the card in order to make up for Liddell’s absence. UFC President Dana White has confirmed that the card for the event is still in the works.

“We’re adding fights to the card and rearranging it so the UK fans won’t have to worry,” White said in a recent press release sent out to the media. “We’ll still be bringing an amazing card to London and the O2 Arena. The UFC always delivers.”

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