Tuesday, July 29, 2008
James Irvin failed a drug test and he deserves his share of the blame. However, I believe the UFC needs to be brought into this as well. When Dana White's paranoia got the better of him and they scheduled UFC Fight Night on short notice, they should have made perfectly sure that James Irvin was over his foot injury. Instead of just sending him to a doctor to get a clearance, they should have talked to him to see what lingering pain he was experiencing and how he was treating it. Athletes are proud and are never going to openly admit things. It is the organization's duty to stop athletes from being a detriment to themselves. The UFC did not do that because they were too busy worrying about Affliction instead of caring about their fighters' health.