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James Irvin tests positive for painkillers

UFC light heavyweight James Irvin tested positive for non-approved painkillers Methadone and Oxymorphone during a UFC Fight Night 14 post-fight urinalysis, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. confirmed the test results with NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer after reading reports online.

As a result of the allegations, Irvin has been suspended temporarily. He is subject to a disciplinary hearing with NSAC commissioners where he could face a fine and or suspension as a result of the alleged results. Irvin will have the option of appealing the results of the test.

It should be note that Irvin had been slated to face Rashad Evans at UFC 85 on June 7 in London but had to pull out of a fight due to a broken foot. He competed about five weeks later during UFN 14 on July 19, losing to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva via knockout at 1:01 of round 1.