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Irvin Out, Foupa-Pokam In Against McFedries at UFC 98

Drew McFedries

Drew McFedries

James Irvin has been forced out of his scheduled return at UFC 98 against Drew McFedries due to a knee injury and France’s Xavier Foupa-Pokam has been tapped to fill the vacant spot.

According to MMAjunkie, the bout hinges on Foupa-Pokam’s ability to resolve immigration issues, which could force the UFC to go in a different direction if not resolved quickly.

Barring a “Fight of the Night” performance, the loser of the May 23rd pay-per-view event in Las Vegas is likely to be cut by the promotion. McFedries has dropped two-straight fights to Mike Massenzio and Thales Leites and has won just three times in seven UFC bouts while Foupa-Pokam suffered a unanimous decision loss to Denis Kang in his UFC debut after winning seven-straight fights.

The UFC 98 fight card now features:

MAIN CARD (televised)

  • Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida
  • Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra
  • Dan Miller vs. Yushin Okami
  • Frank Edgar vs. Sean Sherk
  • Brock Larson vs. Chris Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (un-televised)

  • Xavier Foupa-Pokam vs. Drew McFedries
  • Kyle Bradley vs. Phillipe Nover
  • Pat Barry vs. Tim Hague
  • Houston Alexander vs. Andre Gusmao
  • Brandon Wolff vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
  • David Kaplan vs. George Roop

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