MMARated.com has learned that not only is the July 19th UFC live event on Spike TV official but that the main event will feature a light heavyweight battle between Anderson Silva and James Irvin. The fight will mark Silva’s UFC debut at 205 lbs.
We’ve also learned that a proposed rematch between Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva was also considered but eventually turned down due to the fact that the event is less than five weeks away.
At this time no other matchups have been confirmed, however, recent reports have indicated that Cain Velasquez and Brandon Vera are two of the other fighters that have been approached about competing on the card.
Regardless of what happens in the Silva-Irvin bout, Silva will not relinquish his middleweight title and will be defending it again sometime in the near future.
I dunno if you can say agreeing to fight Anderson Silva is ‘bad luck’, but this certainly isn’t a positive life decision for James Irvin, aka “The unluckiest motherfucker on the planet“. Past that it’s an interesting decision for Silva to hold onto his middleweight belt while he competes at light heavyweight. I suppose the UFC has decided if no one has really ‘earned’ a shot (haha, you suck Okami), it makes more sense to have Silva test the waters at 205 in the meantime.