Article

CBS Sports - Irvin leaps at chance to tangle with Silva

There are fighters who say they'll fight anyone and others who actually will. James Irvin belongs to the latter and jumped at the chance to take on Anderson Silva this Saturday night in Las Vegas at UFC Fight Night.

There are fighters who say they'll fight anyone and others who actually will. James Irvin belongs to the latter and jumped at the chance to take on Anderson Silva this Saturday night in Las Vegas at UFC Fight Night.
   
On July 19, Irvin hopes to knock out Silva 'eventually.' (UFC)     
"The Sandman" is in the most significant bout in his career against a man who is considered by many as the pound for pound best fighter on the planet. He's had some huge highs and big lows in the UFC, and Saturday night, Irvin looks to try and reach another climax by spoiling Silva's light heavyweight debut.

Q: What was your first reaction when you were asked to fight Anderson Silva?

Irvin: I was head over heels, I was just like, "Where do I sign? Can I sign right now?" I just figured there would be a bunch of other fighters banging on the door and that actually wasn't the case, there was actually quite a few guys who turned the fight down and wanted nothing to do with this guy whatsoever. I find it kind of humorous that when Joe Rogan does interviews with the fighters afterwards everyone's like, "I'll fight anyone the UFC puts in front of me and I just want to fight the best." Bulls***, obviously not.

Click here to read the full story!

Media

Recent
Watch the highlights from Wednesday's Fight Night Albany open workout.
07/12/2016
Gian Villante is ready for the biggest fight of his life at Fight Night Albany on Dec. 9. Watch Villante take on Saparbek Safarov on the main card exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.
07/12/2016
Watch the highlights from the UFC 206 Open Workouts in Toronto ahead of the big event on Pay-Per-View on Saturday night. Hear from some of the big stars set to compete like Anthony Pettis, Max Holloway, Cowboy Cerrone and Matt Brown.
07/12/2016
Derrick Lewis is ready to earn more respect from UFC fans as he headlines Fight Night Albany on Dec. 9. Don't miss the heavyweight's action exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.
07/12/2016