Dana White on James Irvin: “No more 185 for him”

At UFC on Versus 1, James Irvin took a legal knuckle to the eye and couldn’t continue 3 mins in to the very first round, which resulted in a TKO loss to Alessio Sakara.

Following the event, UFC president Dana White said that he can’t see himself booking the fighter for another bout in the middleweight division.

“No more 185(-pound fights) for him,” White told MMAjunkie.com. “He didn’t look good. I think he’s got a lot of scar tissue in his face under his eyes. That was sticking out more than his eyeballs were. He didn’t look good [at weigh-ins].”

“I’m a huge James Irvin fan,” he said after the fight. “I’m a fan of the guy; I really am. He’s had some of the best knockouts in the UFC, and he always comes to fight. Tonight, it looked like the cut killed him. He couldn’t get off. He couldn’t throw any punches tonight. He was basically getting lit up by Sakara, and that’s not James Irvin. That’s not who he is as a fighter. The 185 cut is too hard for him.”

Commenting on Irving remaining in the UFC, White said:

“I don’t know yet,” White said. “Those are decisions we make when we get back to the office, but I’m a fan. I’m literally a fan of him. I really like him a lot.”

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