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James Irvin Suspended for Positive Steroid Test, Houston Alexander Rematch Canceled for Shark Fights 14

James IrvinUFC veteran James Irvin faces a one-year suspension after testing positive for steroids following his first-round submission loss to Jorge Oliveira at Tachi Palace Fighter 7 in December, the California State Athletic Commission confirmed Wednesday.

Irvin can appeal the suspension and accompanying fine.

Irvin (15-8) previously tested positive for banned painkillers after a July 2008 loss to UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and was cut by the promotion after returning with losses to Alessio Sakara and Igor Pokrajac in 2010.

“The Sandman” won his first fight outside the promotion, but followed up his loss to Oliveira with a no contest in January after hitting his opponent with an illegal knee.

Irvin had been scheduled for Shark Fights 14 on March 11 in a rematch with fellow UFC vet Houston Alexander, who he knocked out in just 8-seconds in 2008, but the matchup has been scrapped after Alexander was also forced off the card with an undisclosed injury.

Shark Fights 14 marks the promotion’s debut on HDNet and features Matt Horwich vs. Danillo Villefort and Tara LaRosa vs. Carina Damm.


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