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James ‘Sandman’ Irvin Off Of UFC 98 Card Due To Injury

Light heavyweight James Irvin suffered a torn meniscus in training and will not be able to face Drew McFedries (7-5) at UFC 98. Irvin’s manager, Mike Roberts, broke the news in an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio this past Wednesday, noting that the injury will keep Irvin out for an additional five weeks.

Irvin had been serving a suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for painkillers methadone and oxymorphone after his one minute loss to Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 14 last July. The fight was supposed to be Irvin’s first since serving the suspension. No replacement opponent has yet to be named for McFedries.