James Irvin will be eligible to return to action on April 19th after serving a 9-month suspension for testing positive for the banned painkillers methadone and oxymorphone following his first-round TKO loss to Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19th.
Irvin discussed the suspension, his return, and plans to drop to middleweight in a recent interview with Warrior Fight Store.
“My suspension’s up April 19th so I’ll fight on the first card after April… I’d love to fight Wanderlei [Silva]. There’s a few guys actually, but I’m gonna try to get to ’85. I plan on fighting at 185 in April. There are a bunch of guys down there that I really want to beat up,” said Irvin.
“The Sandman” is 14-5 in his career, including a 4-4 mark in the UFC. Since returning to the promotion in late-2006 Irvin has scored victories over Hecotr Ramirez, Luis Arthur Cane, and Houston Alexander while dropping bouts to Thiago Silva and Silva.