A rematch between former UFC light heavyweights James Irvin and Houston Alexander has been removed from the line-up for Shark Fights 14 after both men encountered issues preventing them from stepping into the ring on March 11 in Lubbock, Texas at the event. Irvin previously beat Alexander by way of knockout eight seconds into a 2008 bout at UFC Fight Night 13.
According to an official statement from Shark Fights Promotions’ President Brent Medley, the company was forced to withdraw the match-up due to Alexander being injured while training and Irvin facing a possible steroid-related suspension in California. Medley also added Shark Fights was on the cusp of signing a new co-headlining clash to go alongside Matt Horwich vs. Danillo Villefort and expected to announce something soon.
No specifics were offered on Alexander’s health or Irvin’s drug test though an earlier report on Sherdog cited the CSAC’s confirmation of a hit from Irvin’s December 2 appearance under the Tachi Palace Fights banner against Jorge Oliveira (where he ultimately lost via first-round submission). The incident marks the second time “The Sandman” has tested positive for a banned substance in his career.
Read below for a full listing of the Shark Fights 14 card as it stands right now:
Matt Hobar vs. Jeremy Gauna
Cesar Rodriguez Jr. vs. Tommy Gomez
Mark Martinez vs. Jonathen Valencia
Matt Dodgen vs. Gino Davila
Matt Espinoz vs. Ryan Benoit
Larry Garcia vs. Derek Cansino-Davila
Donnie Frye vs. Quaint Kempf
Layne Hernandez vs. Gabe Vasquez
Ben Medina vs. TBA
Greg Huval vs. Kyle Bracey
Sean Shakour vs. Joseph Sandoval
Alex Cisne vs. Eric Davila
Mikel Bronzoulis vs. Todd Moore
Matt Horwich vs. Danillo Villefort