It appears July 19 didn’t come without a few drug testing casualties. James Irvin, who fought in the main event at Ultimate Fight Night 14, and Justin Levens, who was supposed to fight at Affliction “Banned” but didn’t because of time constraints, both tested positive for the painkiller oxymorphone. Irvin also tested positive for methadone, which is said to be the drug given to recovering heroin addicts, although it apparently can be used as a painkiller as well.
After getting squashed by Anderson Silva (Pictures) in a minute and one second during their July 19 UFC light heavyweight tilt on Spike TV, the Sacramento native has allegedly tested positive for the non-approved analgesic painkillers Methadone and Oxymorphone according to a post-fight urinalysis conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Irvin (14-5) has been temporarily suspended pending a disciplinary hearing with the NSAC. The regulatory body could vote to revoke his licensure for a yet-to-be determined length of time and/or fine Irvin for the alleged infractions. A date for the hearing has not been set.
According to Douglas, Levens registered a test level that was finalized at 10,141 ng/mL. The CSAC’s cutoff for oxymorphone is 120 ng/mL.
His alleged use of the prescription drug, a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic often used for the relief of moderate to severe pain, has netted Levens a $1,000 fine and a six-month suspension that runs through Jan. 15, 2009.
Good one guys. Maybe that’s why Irvin thought he could take 30 of Silva’s punches to land 10 of his own. Of course, that plan didn’t work out too well since he couldn’t even take one.