Wednesday, December 05, 2007


The Ultimate Fighting Championship will finish the 2007 fight season with a bang — and a 10-bout fight card.
The UFC has officially booked and announced a UFC 79 light heavyweight bout between James Irvin (12-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and undefeated UFC newcomer Luis Cane (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A source close to Irvin told ( that the fight has been in the work for the past two months.
UFC 79, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, airs on pay-per-view. Former champs Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre meet in the night’s main event for the UFC’s interim welterweight title.
Irvin will return to action for the first time since a May UFC 71 event. There, the 29-year-old fighter suffered a significant injury when his knee buckled during a loss to Thiago Silva. The Nevada State Athletic Commision originally issued Irvin a medical suspension that ran through November pending clearance from an orthopedic doctor.
The defeat snapped Irvin’s three-fight streak, which included an entertaining second-round TKO of Hector Ramirez at UFC 65.
Cane, a 26-year-old Brazilian, is a perfect 7-0 in his two-year career. Although he’s well versed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he’s finished six of his seven victories via knockout.
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