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Silva solidifies place as P4P best by blasting out Irvin

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva made his light heavyweight debut a successful one by knocking out James "Sandman" Irvin in Round 1 on Saturday.

Originally Published: July 20, 2008
By Franklin McNeil | Special to ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- If Anderson Silva is defeated anytime soon, it will take someone bigger and better than James Irvin. Silva, pound-for-pound the world's best fighter, made his light heavyweight debut at The Pearl at The Palms Saturday night a successful one.

The UFC middleweight champion wasted very little time disposing of Irvin. Silva dropped Irvin with a straight right, then proceeded to land eight more rights, forcing referee Mario Yamasaki to call it off at 1:01 of the first round.

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