Irvin Confirms Painkiller Use
Light heavyweight James Irvin
(Pictures) admitted to allegations of
painkiller use prior to his July 19 UFC bout with Anderson
Silva (Pictures) in a letter received by the
Nevada State Athletic Commission Monday. Irvin said he took the
medication without a prescription.
The Sacramento native tested positive for the non-approved
analgesic painkillers methadone and oxymorphone, according to a
post-fight urinalysis collected after his TKO loss to UFC
middleweight champion Silva.
Irvin lasted just over a minute with the stealth Brazilian fighter
during their 205-pound contest broadcasted live on Spike TV.
“In the days leading up to my fight with Anderson
Silva (Pictures), I experienced some residual pain
in my foot from a previous injury,” wrote Irvin in an Aug. 14
letter. “I made the extremely poor choice to take some pain
medications that I did not have a prescription for. I realize this
was an ignorant and dangerous decision.”
Irvin, 29, accepted the bout with Silva only days after re-entering
the gym following a six-week recovery period from a broken foot.
Irvin had sustained the injury last May in preparation for a
proposed co-event bout against “The Ultimate Fighter 2” winner
Evans (Pictures) at UFC 85 “Bedlam,” which was
held on June 7 in London.
Irvin was temporarily suspended by the NSAC on Aug. 12 pending a
separate disciplinary hearing that has yet to scheduled. Irvin
plans to address the five-board commission in person.
NSAC-administered suspensions for non-approved drugs or stimulants
(apart from steroids) have ranged from six to nine months on
average. Irvin also faces a potential fine, which would constitute
a percentage of the 20,000 dollar purse paid in his loss to
Mike Roberts, Irvin’s manager, said a public statement from his
client is forthcoming.
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