UFC 85: Rashad Evans vs. James Irvin


MMAWeekly is reporting that Rashad Evans will face James “The Sandman” Irvin (14-4-1) at UFC 85 on June 7 from London, England. Irvin will fill in for the former UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, who was force off the card after suffering a torn hamstring.

Irvin is coming off an 8 second KO win over Houston Alexander at UFN 13, tying the record for the fast knock out in MMA history.


  1. tom

    April 22, 2008 at 9:16 am

    thats tight..but not a main seller the card is failing apart..i james win in the 3 by KO

  2. tom

    April 22, 2008 at 9:17 am

    make it free on spike tv!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Onri

    April 22, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Good call it should be free. This fight…eeeh.

  4. danedrebin

    April 22, 2008 at 11:19 am

    i see rashad putting on a takedown clinic and lnp his way to a boring ass decision

  5. DanP

    April 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    This is an outrage – to go from a card with Chuck Liddell (the biggest name in MMA) to James Irvin… WTF! If the rest of the card was strong I wouldn't be sooo pissed off.. but the card is poor!

    As soon as I heard this news yesterday I knew it was gonna be a rubbish Main event as all of the big name LHW's are in action soon (Wandi, Tito, Mancida,Forrest & Rampage)

    Dana White, should have a think about UK fans that have sent a futune on Flights, Hotels & Tickets because they expected to see Chuck fight – I appreciate that these things happen, but the UFC has a responsibility to put on a big name main event – if this is fact – I want my money back!!

  6. boricua

    April 22, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I can't believe that I bought tickets for this event. 250 dollars. I wish I could get a refund. I really wanted to watch the ice man.


    April 22, 2008 at 11:22 pm


  8. erik

    April 23, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Rashad will tear this guy apart…no way is Irvin gettin out of the first round…and i do agree they needed to bring someone with a bigger name in for the fight or just make it free on Spike

  9. Jason

    April 23, 2008 at 5:55 am

    You guys are underestimating James Irvin…I think he's gona knock Rashad the fuck out…Its obviouslly not as big as Chuck so yea, people should get refunds, or it should be on Spike…but it will NOT be a boring fight by any means.

  10. derek

    April 23, 2008 at 8:30 am

    this card sucks. what would be a good replacement fight would be tim sylvia vs fedor. but too bad ufc let timmy go and too bad ufc said fedor priced himself out.

  11. roy

    April 23, 2008 at 8:36 am

    i think it will be a good fight and would not count out irvin but i do give the edge to evens, but it is a horrible main fight they need to do something.

  12. Zac

    April 28, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    damn..you all are a bunch of crybabies. you act like liddell is never comin bsck. he got injured. boo hoo. he will be back. and this card has hughes vs alves swick vs davis and leben vs bisping and verdum vs vera. its goin to be a badass card. im callin alves davis bisping vera and irvin all by ref stoppage.

  13. ben

    April 29, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Evans probably will when but who gives a damn evans is one of the most boring fighters to watch. The fact that he is the main event is total crap. When you hear of people talking bout the UFC rarely ever does rashad Evans come up unless your talking bout people that can barely beat an old tito ortiz. I'd rather see hughes and alvez be the main event

  14. STEVEO

    April 29, 2008 at 3:39 am


  15. oya

    May 5, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    James "the African assasinator" irvine is gonna knock Rashad "Ime a boring ass lay and pray POS" evans out

  16. Achilles

    May 5, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    This is crazy IRVIN is gonna get TRASHED nolater then the 2nd round RASHAAD will definitley STOP IRVIN no later than the 2nd round just to provwe that he still should be fighting top opponents and will get a rescheduled match against CHUCK 4-6 months from now. But this is bad for UFC this fight was to prove a lot. Is RASHAAD really a top contender? does CHUCK still have it? UFC will lose a butt load of dough because of this but RASHAAD will bring some good news to the whole thing by having a BIG WIN over IRVIN not nothing dull. BELIEVE IT.

  17. CND

    May 16, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    DanP ur obviously a fuckin idiot…..u realize theres a lot more fighters out there then just chuck liddell…James Irvin just came off of 2 knockout wins against terry martin and Houston Alexander…this actually has potential to b the main event…but no one gives a fuck about wat u think…Dana white could also giv a fuck less wat u think because ur an idiot and u hav no clue wat ur talkin about…and im pretty sure ur the only fan from UK that thinks its a rip off

  18. Patrick

    May 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    CND, at least attempt to spell out your words and not use "…" every sentence when you're calling someone an idiot.

    You look like a moron because you type like that. High school dropout?

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