Irvin replacing Chuck as Rashads opponent at UFC 85

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Spyderman1074
4/22/08 6:02:49PM
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced that Chuck Liddell had to withdraw from his UFC 85 main event bout against Rashad Evans due to an injury.

"Unfortunately, Chuck Liddell tore his right hamstring during training last week, and being the warrior that he is, he still wanted to fight, which is the reason why everyone in the world loves him," said UFC president Dana White. "But I wouldn't let anyone fight with his leg looking that way. Let him heal and come back and fight when he is 100 percent."

Although the UFC has made no formal announcement, MMAWeekly.com was able to confirm that James Irvin has agreed to step in and face Evans on June 7 in London in Liddell’s absence. Sources close to both fighters’ camps acknowledged the bout.

Irvin competed recently at the April 2 event in Broomfield, Colo., which makes for a quick return by UFC standards. His bout with Houston Alexander lasted just eight seconds though, leaving Irvin tied with Don Frye for the quickest knockout in UFC history.

Following an impressive knockout of Sean Salmon little more than a year ago, Evans enters the bout coming off of a frustrating draw with former UFC champion Tito Ortiz and then a split decision over Michael Bisping.

Neither Evans nor Irvin were available for comment at the time of publication.

Evans on Monday, however, expressed to MMAWeekly his disappointment at the withdrawal of Liddell, but indicated he wanted to remain on the fight card, not wanting to go an extended period of time without a fight.

In Liddell, UFC 85 loses much of the drawing power of its headline bout. The promotion intends to make up for that by loading up UFC 85 with 13 bouts, which is the most that it has had on one fight card in more than a decade.

"We're adding fights to the card and rearranging it so the U.K. fans won't have to worry, we'll still be bringing an amazing card to London and the O2 Arena,” said White.

There has also been recent speculation that popular British fighter and Ultimate Fighter season three winner Michael Bisping – fresh off of a victory over Charles McCarthy this past weekend in Montreal – may become a late addition to the fight card.

masodd
4/22/08 6:12:19PM
That's stupid to put irvin in there. Evans is gonna take him down and lay there for 3 rounds man pitiful
Mchubb316
4/22/08 6:27:32PM
Having him fight Irvin does nothing for Rashad in my opinion. Rashad will just take him down and win a UD. Although maybe we can see another flying knee when Rashad goes in for the shot.
Pookie
4/22/08 7:22:11PM
Shogun vs. Chuck turned into Evans vs. Irvin.

Possibly the best match-up of '08 turned into garbage.
wolfman
4/22/08 7:42:56PM

Posted by Pookie

Shogun vs. Chuck turned into Evans vs. Irvin.

Possibly the best match-up of '08 turned into garbage.



So true, so true....Hopefully, Irvin knocks him out with a flying knee early on, or else we're going to be in for a LONG night.....Evans by Lay N Pray.
Kracker_Jap
4/22/08 10:23:54PM
Am I the only one excited to see the Sandman KO Evans


WAR Irvin
wolfman
4/22/08 10:26:30PM

Posted by Kracker_Jap

Am I the only one excited to see the Sandman KO Evans


WAR Irvin



I wish I could be as optimistic as you, but I think Rashad will take him down with his superior wrestling. I doubt Irvin has improved his sprawl that much, but if he has and he can keep the fight standing he has a good chance at putting Rashad to sleep. Let's hope he does KO Rashad!
Kracker_Jap
4/22/08 10:45:15PM
Remember the knee to Martins head???


it could happen again
pinoymixplaya
4/23/08 1:26:08AM
Don't kill me or anything, but what IF Irvin got the win....and it was a good win via TKO or some awesome KO, where would that put him? Who would he be lined up to fight against?

I dont think he will win, but I love rooting for the underdog...
Kpro
4/23/08 1:33:25AM

Posted by Kracker_Jap

Am I the only one excited to see the Sandman KO Evans


WAR Irvin



15 minutes to land the KO blow? Done and doner.
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