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"The Sandman"

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James Irvin

James "The Sandman" Irvin

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  • Given Name: James Lee Irvin
  • MMA Record: 17-10-0, 2 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Sandman
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 39 | Date of Birth: 1978.09.12
  • Last Fight: April 29, 2012 in GC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 200.6 lbs
  • Affiliation: Capital City Fighting Alliance
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $127,000 USD
  • Born: Huntington Beach, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Citrus Heights, California
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James Irvin Light Heavyweight Ranking History

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James Irvin MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Brian Rogers Bellator 125 2014.09.19
Reason: Irvin Injury
Cancelled Bout Brennan Ward Bellator 123 2014.09.05
Cancelled Bout Sean O'Connell Showdown Fights 8 2012.08.25
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:35 Round 2 of 3, 4:35 Total

Us Scott Rosa
17-9-0 2-0-0

Us Gladiator Challenge: Star Wars
Main Card

2012.04.29
Referee: Raul Porrata
Win | Submission | Armlock
1:22 Round 1 of 3

Us Mike LaFlair
16-9-0 0-0-0

Us Gladiator Challenge: Ringside
Main Card

2012.03.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:34 Round 1 of 3

Us Geovantie Davis
15-9-0 0-0-0

Us Gladiator Challenge: Bombs Away
Main Event

2012.02.26
Loss | Submission | Armlock
0:33 Round 1 of 3

Pl Mamed Khalidov
15-8-0 21-4-2

Pl KSW 15: Modern Gladiators
Main Event | Catchweight | 192 lbs

2011.03.19
Weigh-In: 200.6 lbs (91.0 kgs) | Referee: Tomasz Bronder
Cancelled Bout Houston Alexander Shark Fights 14 2011.03.11
Reason: Irvin CSAC Drug Test
No Contest | Foul
0:00 Round 1 of 3

Us Mike Crisman
15-8-0 10-21-0

Us Gladiator Challenge: Young Guns 4
Main Event

2011.01.29
Referee: Ken Shamrock
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:33 Round 1 of 3

Br Jorge Oliveira
15-7-0 4-2-1

Us Tachi PF 7: Deck the Halls
Main Event | Catchweight | 212 lbs

2010.12.02
Weigh-In: 212.0 lbs (96.2 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Angel DeAnda

Us California Regional

2010.10.02
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:29 Round 1 of 3

Hr Igor Pokrajac
14-6-0 21-7-0

Us UFC on Versus 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.08.01
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
3:01 Round 1 of 3

It Alessio Sakara
14-5-0 14-7-0

Us UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs Jones
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.03.21
Odds: -134 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Cancelled Bout Wilson Gouveia UFC 102 2009.08.29
Reason: Irvin Knee Injury
Cancelled Bout Drew McFedries UFC 98 2009.05.23
Reason: Irvin Knee Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:01 Round 1 of 3

Br Anderson Silva
14-4-0 23-4-0

Us UFC Fight Night 14: Silva vs. Irvin
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.07.19
Odds: +413 (Heavy Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#68 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Cancelled Bout Rashad Evans UFC 85 2008.06.07
Reason: Irvin Foot Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:08 Round 1 of 3

Us Houston Alexander
13-4-0 8-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.04.02
Odds: +233 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC Fight Night 13 Knockout of the Night
Win | Disqualificaton | Foul
1:51 Round 1 of 3

Br Luiz Cané
12-4-0 8-0-0

Us UFC 79: Nemesis
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.12.29
Odds: +158 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
1:06 Round 1 of 3

Br Thiago Silva
12-3-0 9-0-0

Us UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.05.26
Disclosed Pay: $7,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:36 Round 2 of 3, 7:36 Total

Us Hector Ramirez
11-3-0 6-1-1

Us UFC 65: Bad Intentions
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.11.18
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs (93.2 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Gary LaFranchi

Us California Regional

2006.09.15
No Contest
0:17 Round 1 of 3

Us Bobby Southworth
10-3-0 6-4-0

Us Strikeforce: Revenge
Main Card | Catchweight | 210 lbs

2006.06.09
Weigh-In: 209.5 lbs (95.0 kgs)
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us William Hill

Us International Fighting Championship

2006.04.01
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Lodune Sincaid
9-2-0 7-2-0

Us WEC 19: Undisputed
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.03.17
Referee: Jon Schorle
Loss | Submission | Shoulder
4:30 Round 1 of 3

Us Stephan Bonnar
9-1-0 8-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 3
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.01.16
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $5,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
0:09 Round 2 of 3, 5:09 Total

Us Terry Martin
8-1-0 10-1-0

Us UFC 54: Boiling Point
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2005.08.20
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#58 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Knee

Us Doug Marshall

Us WEC

2005.05.19
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
1:55 Round 1 of 3

Us Mike Kyle
7-0-0 8-3-0

Us UFC 51: Super Saturday
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2005.02.05
Odds: -130 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $3,000 Base | Weigh-In: 224.0 lbs (101.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Houssain Oushani

Us WEC

2004.10.21
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jody Poff

Us WEC

2004.08.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Bo Cantrell

Us Gladiator Challenge

2004.03.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Scott Smith

Us Gladiator Challenge

2004.02.12
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Us Pete Werve

Us Gladiator Challenge

2003.11.13
Win | Submission | Armlock

Allen Scoville

Us Gladiator Challenge

2003.08.21
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

Us Bo Cantrell

Us Gladiator Challenge

2003.06.01

James Irvin Wiki Update Wiki

The first-ever WEC Heavyweight Champion, James Irvin went undefeated in his first seven fights, defeating the likes of Scott Smith and Bo Cantrell (twice) before debuting for the UFC in 2005. Since then, Irvin has emerged as an extremely powerful but inconsistent fighter in the light heavyweight division, holding wins over Doug Marshall, Terry Martin, and Houston Alexander amidst losses to some elite 205 pounders. His knockouts of Martin and Alexander are each all-time greats, Alexander's for its speed and Martin's for its concussive power.


Following the worst performance of his career--a vicious first-round knockout loss to UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva--Irvin tested positive for methadone and oxymorphone, having developed an addiction to the powerful painkillers as a result of injuries suffered in training. Having proven himself capable of crowd-awing knockouts on multiple occasions in his career, the aptly-named “Sandman” is still searching for the fighting form he showed only a few years ago.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:07 PM ET
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