Rashad Evans vs. James Irvin at UFC 85 by MMAjunkie.com Staff [mmajunkie-staff] on Apr 23, 2008 at 11:37 am in - News - With Chuck Liddell scratched from the event due to a torn ligament, James Irvin (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will instead step in to fight Rashad Evans (11-0-1 MMA, 6-0-1 UFC) at UFC 85, an event that takes place June 7 at the O2 Arena in London. We mentioned the possibility of the fight in yesterday's Yahoo! Sports story, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since received confirmation of the bout from a source close to one of the fighters. MMAWeekly.com first confirmed the bout with both fighters' camps on Tuesday. Irvin, 29, scored one of the biggest victories of his career at UFC Fight Night 13 earlier this month. There, Irvin tied a UFC record by knocking out Houston Alexander with a Superman punch just eight seconds into the fight. The hard-hitting Californian has now won three of his past four fights -- all in the UFC. One of those victories included a win via disqualification after Luis Arthur Cane tagged him with an illegal knee. Cane had been dominating the UFC 79 fight up until then. Evans was actually a UFC 85 replacement for an injured Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. "The Ultimate Fighter 2" winner's only blemish on an otherwise perfect record is a draw to Tito Ortiz at UFC 73. However, Evans bounced back for a split-decision victory over co-headliner Michael Bisping at UFC 78 in November. During Monday's announcement of Liddell's injury, the UFC promised to improve the card in several ways. One of those "improvements" appears to be a middleweight bout between Chris Leben (18-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Bisping (15-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), which could be officially added to the card in the next few days. For the latest on UFC 85, check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.