Tim Sylvia

Fight of the Day: Ray Mercer KO’s Tim Sylvia

If you haven’t seen it already, here it is, at least with the televised camera angle. From Monte Cox’s third “Adrenaline MMA” show on June 13 in Alabama, watch former boxing heavyweight champion Ray Mercer’s nine-second destruction of former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, courtesy of HDNet’s “Inside MMA”.

Affliction Announces “Trilogy” Event for August

Affliction Entertainment today officially announced their third-ever event, “Trilogy”, which will take place on Saturday, August 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. As expected, the show will be headlined by a much-anticipated heavyweight clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett.

The poster for the event can be seen at Affliction’s official website.

While no other fights on the card have been confirmed, some heavily rumored matchups include former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia facing Paul Buentello, Jay Hieron going up against Paul Daley and a previously scheduled bout between Chris Horodecki and Dan Lauzon.


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Evening News and Notes: Sylvia-Mercer Set, Strikeforce Inks Thompson & More

Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 25, 2009.

  • Adrenaline MMA figurehead Monte Cox has confirmed that his client, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, will face former Olympic boxing gold medalist Ray Mercer in a boxing match that will headline Adrenaline MMA’s third showing on May 30 at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight will be Sylvia’s first-ever professional boxing match.

  • Former BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thomson revealed Wednesday that his contract with EliteXC has been picked up by Strikeforce, which purchased limited assets from ProElite earlier this month. “They just called me today and they’re going to pick me up. So I am now with Sengoku and Strikeforce,” Thompson told MMA Weekly. “The Goat” recently won a decision over British welterweight Paul Daley at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s latest event on February 20.

  • UFC veteran Alberto Crane will try to keep a three-fight winning streak alive when he faces current No Limit MMA welterweight champion Eric Regan in the main event of Rage in the Cage 123 on February 28 in Arizona. Since his release from the UFC, Crane has won three out of his last four fights. All of his wins have come by submission in the first round. Regan is most notable for dropping a decision against UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard last March.

  • CKA for December 2, 2008

    WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner.  Photo courtesy of the WEC.

    WEC 38 made official

    WEC has announced that their next event following tomorrow night’s show will take place in San Diego on January 25, 2009. 

    World Extreme Cagefighting® today announced that for the first event of 2009, the cage will head west to the hotbed of mixed martial arts - California - to hold the first ever WEC® event in San Diego. Two blockbuster matchups will lead the main card, with the World Lightweight Championship fight between Jamie Varner and undefeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone as the main event, and the mega-rematch pitting Urijah Faber against Jens Pulver in the co-main event.  World Extreme Cagefighting, featuring Varner vs. Cerrone and Faber vs. Pulver 2, takes place live from the San Diego Sports Arena on Sunday, January 25, 2009.

    Aoki vs Alvarez on NYE?

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    Affliction Considering Sylvia-LeBanner

    Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    Jerome LeBanner has been chasing Tim Sylvia for years, trying to get him to fight. He might be getting his wish.

    Affliction VP Tom Atencio has told MMANews.com that the promotion is looking at LeBanner, a K-1 kickboxer, as a potential opponent for Sylvia for their planned third show that would likely take place in either January or February of next year.

    “In terms of fighters we are looking at Jerome LeBanner,” Atencio said. “He is interested in doing MMA and apparently him and Tim Sylvia have some history between them so that is something that we are looking at right now. We are taking things one step at a time but we will see where it all goes.”

    Another K-1 promoted fighter Atencio and company are apparently looking at is former PRIDE standout Sergei Kharitonov, whom Atencio “loves” from his days fighting in Japan.

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    White Thanks Fedor for “Ridding” of Sylvia

    Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    How times have changed…

    When Tim Sylvia and UFC President Dana White first commented on Sylvia’s release from the organization back in March, both were relatively cordial towards each other, each leaving open a door if Sylvia did indeed want to return to the promotion he called home for many years in the future.

    These days, it seems that isn’t the case. In a surprising move, White has now blasted Sylvia, essentially thanking Fedor Emelianenko for dispatching of Sylvia in less than a minute at Affliction’s debut show last month in California. Despite the win, White’s criticism of Emelianenko and his recent choice of opponents remains, albeit not as harsh as before

    From Yahoo! Sports:

    “He’s not the best pound-for-pound fighter, not even close, but he’s one of the four or five best heavyweights,” said White, who undoubtedly would be singing Emelianenko’s praises to the heavens the moment he got the stoic Russian’s name on a UFC contract.

    “But we all have to thank him for getting rid of Tim Sylvia. He’d been stinking out the joint the last couple of years and Fedor did everyone a favor by beating him so easily and getting rid of him.”

    At the post-fight press conference for UFC Fight Night 14, White did Fedor his props for beating Sylvia so easily and actually facing a top heavyweight for the first time in three years. But these comments towards Sylvia are new, almost echoing the sentiments of fans who voiced their displeasure with Sylvia’s lackluster performances against Andrei Arlovski (in their UFC 61 bout) and Jeff Monson among others.

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    Affliction’s October Show Now in Doubt

    Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com

    Affliction caused quite a stir earlier this month when right after their successful debut into the world of MMA with “Banned”, VP Tom Atencio immediately started discussing plans for a second show later this year. News floated around and eventually it was reported that the promotion would hold a show right in the UFC’s backyard, even using one of their former champions in the main event.

    However those clamoring to see Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski duke it out for WAMMA’s “title”, (that would be all of us) may now have to wait a little bit longer for that to happen, and for more than one reason.

    It’s not that alarming but the California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions from Affliction’s July 19th event earlier today. Normally it would just be protocol to list out the suspensions and their length. However two of the the second planned show’s biggest draws may be unable to participate.

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    Measuring the Success of Affliction

    As a company, Affliction is already a successful clothing line.  From sales to brand power, it’s getting the job done.

    Extending that brand to become a premier MMA organization is a whole other matter.

    For Affliction to make the splash they wanted to they dished out big salaries to the widey-regarded top heavyweight in the world, along with other big name and former UFC champions.  A risky proposition for a newly formed organization.  Creating a bigger speedbump was the big kid on the block, the UFC, quickly putting together an event to air, for free on cable, on the same night.

    Glancing at the numbers, and given the fan and media reception, it’s likely we’ll see a second event from Affliction.

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    Fedor Submits Sylvia at Affliction Premiere

    Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.

    The long-running dispute is now over. After over a year of continual debate regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s perennial status as the world’s top heavyweight, the former PRIDE title holder answered the call in fighting his first top-ranked opponent in nearly three years, and won, in decisive fashion.

    Emelianenko quickly knocked down and submitted former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in just 36 seconds, capping off a night of exciting action at Affliction Clothing’s inaugural event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in front of a host of notable athletes and celebrities.

    Sylvia literally never even got started in the fight. After circling each other for a brief moment, Emelianenko stunned and dropped Sylvia with a flurry of left and rights. Fedor quickly pounced on the 6’8 Miletich Fighting Systems product, pounding away with hammer fists until Sylvia gave up his back, allowing Emelianenko to sink in the rear naked choke for the impressive finish.

    After the bout, post-fight interviewer and former referee “Big” John McCarthy asked the Russian who he’d like to fight next. His answer then stepped into the ring in the form of current embattled UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture, who is currently seeking legal help in the courts in his quest to fight Emelianenko before his impending retirement.

    “I always thought that the day where I would have to fight Randy would come,” Emelianenko said after the fight with the help of a translator. “It would be a true honor to fight him and I hope that we will be able to work things out in order to make it happen.”

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    Affliction: Banned Live Results

    We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s Affliction: Banned, the inaugural mixed martial arts show for the popular California-based clothing company, which will take place this evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

    The show features a main event years in the making between former PRIDE title holder and perennial top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and five-time UFC champion Tim Sylvia. Other notable fights on the card include a rematch between Josh Barnett and Pedro Rizzo, a sure-fire war on the feet between Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell, and the return to active competition of former Olympic wrestler Matt Lindland as he faces Brazilian submission wizard Fabio Negao.

    Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Details live results are after the jump.

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