UFC veterans James Irvin
Alexander will no longer meet in the co-main event of Shark
On Wednesday morning, Sherdog.com reported that Irvin had allegedly
tested positive for steroids following a December bout at Tachi
Palace Fights 7. The Texas-based promotion announced the
removal of the co-headlining bout later in the day, citing Irvin's
alleged test results as well as an injury to Alexander.
"Due to Irvin's 'alleged' steroid allegations and an undisclosed
injury that Houston Alexander suffered during training, we were
forced to pull the bout from the Shark Fights 14 line-up,” said
Shark Fights head Brent Medley
in a prepared statement.
Shark Fights 14 is scheduled to go down March 11 at Fair Park
Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas, and will be headlined by a middleweight
scrap between former International Fight League champion Matt Horwich
Villefort. The show will air live on HDNet.
According to Medley's statement, the promotion is already lining up
a new co-headliner for the event and has not given up on promoting
the canceled bout down the road.
“We plan to reschedule the long awaited Alexander-Irvin rematch in
the near future and are currently wrapping up negotiations for
another very compelling Shark Fights 14 co-main event. Details will
be announced soon, so stay tuned,” said Medley.
Both known for their knockout power, Irvin and Alexander first met
at UFC Fight Night 13 in 2008. In the blink of an eye, Irvin landed
a superman punch and followed up with blows that finished the job
just eight seconds into the light heavyweight affair. Since that
time, both men have been cut by the promotion following consecutive
Alexander most recently bested another UFC exile in Rameau
Thierry Sokoudjou at Shark Fights 13 in September. Meanwhile,
Irvin fought to a no-contest after landing an illegal knee to his
opponent at a January Gladiator Challenge event, which was held at
the Elko Indian Colony Gymnasium.