Although we managed to get a transcription of the conversation that led to the booking of James Irvin vs Anderson Silva, Fighters Only has done an okay job themselves by getting an interview with Irvin:
“Seriously, I was afraid I would lose this fight,” he revealed, before clarifying that he means lose “in the sense that it would be taken away and offered to someone else.”
“For me it’s a huge opportunity to be offered this fight, especially as I had to pull out with that foot injury recently,” says Irvin.
“I was told that four other people in my weight class turned the opportunity down, I couldn’t believe that.
“A lot of people talk to Joe Rogan in the Octagon and they say they will fight anyone but obviously that isn’t true, it’s all just bullshit. But I mean it.”
James also addresses his reputation as the unluckiest fighter in the universe:
“Am I the unluckiest guy in MMA? You got that right!” he says. But he is hoping karma will run in his favour when he faces Silva.
“The way I look at it, I’ve had so much bad luck, I have got to be due some good!”
Hmm, I don’t really remember any stories about a guy who had really bad luck all the time until suddenly he had really good luck. In general, bad luck stories usually go on and on until a person is inevitably struck by lightning or caught in the clinch by Anderson Silva. In this case, my money is on the lightning.