Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has been literally begging for one more shot in the UFC, of which he reigned over the heavyweight division for two separate stints. Unforunately, a continous Twitter campaign and constant mentions in interviews and video blogs have led to UFC President Dana White to flat out say that Sylvia will never be back in the UFC multiple times now.
Despite all of this, Sylvia now says that he has some news to break during his special guest appearance at New England Fights "Fight Night 2" event next weekend in Biddeford, Maine. From a press release sent out by the promotion:
“Tim Sylvia is the biggest – both figuratively and literally – fighter with Maine roots that we could bring in to put this Biddeford show over the top,” stated NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. “And to add to it, Tim will be making a special announcement about his career at the show. He wanted to do this in his home state in front of his fans, friends, family, and neighbors — this is not to be missed!”
“I’m excited to be coming home to Maine in the next week or so… and I have a big announcement my fans won’t want to miss!” said former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia when reached for comment.
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UFC President Dana White had a lot to say following a successful debut on FUEL TV on Wednesday night, but it was welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger that finally broke out of his shell and suggested a rematch with interim champion Carlos Condit while Georges St. Pierre heals at last night's post-fight press conference.
Ellenberger was asked about the possibility of a second fight with Condit following his unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez last night in a post-fight interview with Jon Anik. However, the Omaha native didn't say much, stating that he was unsure what was next.
The 26-year-old took on Condit in his UFC debut back in September 2009, dropping a razor-close split decision that saw Ellenberger nearly put Condit's lights out in the first round.
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— ProElite has announced a total of six bouts for their scheduled second event on November 5 in Moline, IL following their relaunch earlier this year. Headlining the card will be a pair of former UFC heavyweight champions as Andrei Arlovski battle longtime veteran Travis Fulton and Tim Sylvia takes on German mainstay Andreas Kraniotakes. An eight-man heavyweight prospect tournament also kicks off, spearheaded by former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Ellis. [ProElite.com]
— A lightweight tussle between Team Alpha Male member Danny Castillo and "Ultimate Fighter 13" alumnus Shamar Bailey has been inked for UFC 139, which takes place on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Castillo recently had a three-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Jacob Volkmann via unanimous decision at UFC on Versus 5 in August. Bailey also fell to one-time lightweight contender Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 25 last month as well. [Twitter.com/UFC]
A quarter of UFC veterans earned victories at Superior Cage Combat's second-ever showing on Saturday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Josh Neer defeated WEC veteran Blas Avena via TKO in the first round in the show's main event. Former UFC welterweight title challenger John Alessio also submitting last-minute replacement opponent Shawn Fitzsimmons in the opening frame as well.
In addition, Team Alpha Male member Justin Buchholz grinded out a unanimous decision over Thiago Meller and John Gunderson scored an emotional victory James Birdsley, submitting his foe with a guillotine choke in the second round just days after his trainer, Shawn Tompkins, passed away.
It was an easy choice for "Fight of the Week". Here's one-time "TUF" contestant Abe Wagner shocking many with a quick and brutal upset of former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia at Titan Fighting Championships 16.
Tim Sylvia. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.
It seems as if Tim Sylvia's days as a top heavyweight in MMA have come to an abrupt end. Long gone is the dominant and consistant former UFC heavyweight champion that we once knew.
An overweight and out-of-shape Sylvia was left dazed and confused just 32 seconds into his main event bout against "TUF 10" contestant Abe Wagner at Titan Fighting Championships 16 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS.
After a wild exchange on the feet between both fighters, Wagner caught Sylvia with a quick right hand. Sylvia backtracked to the other side of the cage and Wagner followed, unleashed a blitz of lefts and rights with a final combination catching Sylvia on the chin and sending him face down onto the canvas.
Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Ricardo Almeida has pulled out of his November 21 bout with welterweight contender Jon Fitch at UFC 106 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was expected to be Almeida’s first at 170 lbs after a career at middleweight. Fitch told MMA Junkie he’ll now get a “bigger fight instead.” [MMAJunkie.com]
- Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia will be appearing on the upcoming K-1 Dynamite! show on New Year’s Eve. Sylvia has been offered bouts with Alistair Overeem and Hong Man Choi and Fighters Only is reporting that Sylvia’s camp is currently favoring a bout with Choi. [Fighters Only Magazine]
Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— Rashad Evans says that a light heavyweight clash against fellow contender Thiago Silva could be possible for a UFC event in December or early next year. “Thiago Silva is a good fighter, I’d like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me,” Evans said. “When I saw him after he fought Keith Jardine, he kind of gave me a nasty look that I interpreted like he wanted to take me on, and I’d like that.” [MMA FanHouse]
— Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled debut with Japan-based DREAM after suffering a broken hand during his first-round TKO of Jason Riley at Adrenaline MMA IV last weekend. According to Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, the Miletich Fighting Systems product will now attempt to land a spot on the DREAM and K-1 co-promoted “Dynamite!!” show on New Year’s Eve. [Sherdog.com]
Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and heavy-handed fan-favorite Houston Alexander will co-headline Monte Cox’s “Adrenaline MMA IV” show, which is slated to take place on September 18 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The event will be televised live in North America on HDNet. UFC veterans Chad Reiner, Forrest Petz, and Joe Vedepo will also compete on the event’s televised main card.
Houston Alexander. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— Monte Cox will likely hold his fourth “Adrenaline MMA” show on September 18 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The card is expected to feature some familiar names in the form of UFC veterans Houston Alexander, who is being permitted to take a tune-up fight in a smaller show, former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, and Jeremy Horn. A venue for the event has not yet been secured. [NWI.com]
— “UFC Undisputed”, the hit video game put out by the UFC and THQ, will be headed to the Nintendo Wii early next year. THQ CEO Brian Farrell revealed the news during a recent conference call with the media. “UFC Undisputed” has sold over two million copies on the XBOX 360 and PS3 platforms since its release this past spring. [MMA Junkie]