James Irvin vs. Houston Alexander II pulled from Shark Fights 14

The rematch between Light Heavyweights James Irvin and Houston Alexander will no longer be a part of the Shark Fights 14 line-up, as each fighter has been forced to withdraw.

The promotion made the announcement after reports indicated that Irvin (15-8) had tested positive for steroids following his loss to Jorge Oliveira at Tachi Palace Fights 7 in December.  Alexander (11-6), on the other hand, sustained an undisclosed injury during training and will also be unable to compete.

“Due to Irvin’s “alleged” steroid allegations and an undisclosed injury that Houston Alexander suffered during training, we were forced to pull the bout from the Shark Fights 14 line-up,” said Shark Fights President Brent Medley. “We plan to reschedule the long awaited Alexander vs. Irvin re-match in the near future and are currently wrapping up negotiations for another very compelling Shark Fights 14 co-main event. Details will be announced soon, so stay tuned!”

While the promotion appears set on scheduling the fight at a later date, if the test is confirmed to be positive, Irvin could face a suspension that would keep him sidelined for a significant period of time.

Irvin and Alexander first met back in 2008 at UFC Fight Night 13, where Alexander was knocked out by “The Sandman” just eight seconds into the fight.

Since losing to Kimbo Slice, and subsequently being released by the UFC in 2009, Alexander has won two of three match-ups and is currently enjoying a two-fight win streak.

Irvin, meanwhile, was cut by the UFC after a first round submission loss to Igor Pokrajac in August.  Most recently, “The Sandman” faced Mike Crisman in a Gladiator Challenge match-up, which ended in a “no contest” after Irvin landed an illegal knee strike to Crisman’s head.

Shark Fights 14 will take place March 11th at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas and is headlined by a Middleweight showdown between Matt Horwich and Danillo Villefort.

Source: MMAWeekly.com

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/BigAlRIz/ BigAlRIz

    Irvin is going down the right road in his fighting career. Steroids, Nice.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/AnAmerican/ AnAmerican

    I think its funny how the recently caught steroids users have lost the fights they tested positive for. Looking for an edge over the competition? Better try something else.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HunterB/ HunterB

    was looking forward to this fight, i think Alexander would take the W now.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/DeadlyIntentions93/ DeadlyIntentions93

    He’s always been a Roided prick anyway, tried it against Silva & still got KTFO!

    Wouldn’t be suprised if 90% of his bouts he was juiced up.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/WingChun/ WingChun

    I cannot believe James Irvin tested positive for steroids.


    Let me take a wild guess, he “just” started using them as some TR therapy for his gonads.


  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/WingChun/ WingChun

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheRealDeal/ TheRealDeal

    James Irvin, one step forward, two steps back…..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Kevin/ Kevin

    I think its funny that people are surprised that these guys juice. This sport is more physically demanding then any other major marketing sport. Of course guys are gonna be taking steroids to help get a competitive edge; whether it be from decreasing recovery periods on injuries, or helping them gain desired weight.

    Might as well just open the door on some of these sports and just let these guys do whatever it is they can to be the best at what they do. I can’t remember which comedian said it, but I agree … I would totally watch MLB if there was one player on each team that was allowed to be roided to shit … bring out Ferrigno in the bottom of the 9th.