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UFC On Versus Preview: Can James Irvin Overcome Near 2 Year Layoff?

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The last time we saw James Irvin(14-5-1) in the octagon, he had just been destroyed by arguably the best fighter on the planet in Anderson Silva.  Not only did he get knocked out, but he tested positive for banned substances and got suspended.  However, once he got ready to make his return as a middleweight at UFC 98, he suffered a torn meniscus and had to back out of the fight.  He suffered the same injury again as he was preparing for a bout at UFC 102.  So essentially injuries have taken their toll on James Irvin. 

Alessio Sakara(14-7-1) is a fighter that I used to question how in the world he was still in the UFC.  However, he has quietly won 2 fights in a row with the last fight being a split decision win over Thales Leites at UFC 101 last August.  I suppose one reason he's still in the UFC is because he rarely goes to a decision.  Joe Rogan loves to point out that Sakara is a professional boxer as well.

Neither fighter is close to title contention and both fighters have KO power and that's one of the main reasons this fight is on the televised card in my opinion.  It'll be Sakara's boxing prowess against the muay thai of James Irvin.  one of the main factors will be the long layoff that Irvin has had to endure since the last time he fought.  I think that'll be a factor in this fight.  It should be exciting while it last though.  Who you rolling with?   

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