James Irvin Out of UFC 102 Battle Against Wilson Gouveia

Written by Tom Ngo
August 5th, 2009

It is being reported that a knee injury will force James Irvin out of his light heavyweight match-up against Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon.

Carmichael Dave was first to report the injury, however there has been no official word from the organization as well as no replacement named for the August 29th pay-per-view broadcast.

According to the report, Irvin is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery within the next few days and will be sidelined between six to 10 months.

The injury is the latest in a long line of setbacks for Irvin. He was suspended in 2008 after a post-fight drug test revealed he had methadone and oxymorphone in his system, both banned substances. Following that debacle, he was also forced out of his UFC 98 scrap due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.

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