Tim Sylvia

Report: Sylvia May Announce Intent to Leave UFC (Updated)

Tim Sylvia weighs-in for UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Update 7:00 PM: Sylvia’s blog now tells fans to tune in to HDNet’s Inside MMA tomorrow night for information related to his “big news”.

After hinting that he may opt to leave the Ultimate Fighting Championship for the greener pastures of M-1 Global last month, it seems that former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia may be set to find a new home of his own after all.

Brian Knapp of The Fight Network reports that Sylvia could announce his decision to leave the UFC tomorrow according to a source close to the decision. However the source also noted that nothing was final and that the door for Sylvia to return to the UFC is still open as of now.

The Miletich Fighting Systems product is coming off of his second straight loss in yet another bid to regain his heavyweight title. Sylvia was submitted by interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February.

A post on his official website made yesterday states that Sylvia will be making a huge announcement pertaining to his career tomorrow.

“On Friday around noon, I’ve got a couple of big announcements to make about my career,” Sylvia said in the post. “So all of my loyal fans will want to stay tuned to my website because this is huge.”

Back in February, Sylvia mentioned the fact that Brock Lesnar currently making more money than him could be a deciding factor in the Maine native switching organizations.

“I have one fight left on my contract,” Sylvia said in February. “I want to stay with the UFC but I’m going to go where the money is right now. Brock is making more money than me but that has to change. I have a better name than him and I’m the better fighter. My manager runs M-1 so I have a pretty good way of getting in there.”

Of course Monte Cox has since parted ways with M-1 Global. Could Big Tim be part of Cox’s planned June show in Chicago?

Report: Sylvia, Cox Want to Re-Sign With UFC

Tim Sylvia weighs-in for UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

After hinting that he may opt to leave the Ultimate Fighting Championship for the greener pastures of M-1 Global, Tim Sylvia now may be staying with the UFC after all, if they choose to sign him to a new deal that is.

The news comes from Five Ounces of Pain. Sam Caplan was able to sit down with Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, and discuss the situation.

“My situation with Tim is that we’re looking to re-sign with the UFC,” Cox told Caplan in the report. “We think he performed well against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He got caught but he certainly showed he’s top five in the world right now. We’d like to re-sign with the UFC. But if that’s not possible there are lots of options now.”

One of those other options would obviously be M-1, of which Cox currently serves as President and CEO of the organization. The chance of potentially fighting Fedor Emelianenko would easily draw Sylvia to a new home if necessary.

t was only last month when Sylvia posted some rather stinging comments when it came to his current perception of the UFC via the message forums on his official website.

“I have one fight left on my contract,” Sylvia said in February. “I want to stay with the UFC but I’m going to go where the money is right now. Brock is making more money than me but that has to change. I have a better name than him and I’m the better fighter. My manager runs M-1 so I have a pretty good way of getting in there.”

If Sylvia and the UFC are indeed unable to reach a new deal before the former champion’s next fight, he would become the third high-profile UFC star in recent months to finish their contract with the organization. Andrei Arlovski and Josh Koscheck both became free agents after their respective fights this past weekend.

Report: Vera-Werdum Possible for June

Brandon Vera and Tim Sylvia weigh-in for UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Heavyweight contenders Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum may possible meet in a bout with potential title shot implications when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels overseas for the second time this year for UFC 85.

The news comes from Brian Knapp of The Fight Network, who reports that sources close to both fighters have said that the fight has been offered to them.

The event, which is currently slated to take place on June 7th at the o2 Arena in London, England, will likely feature a light heavyweight matchup between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as well as the next fight for one-time professional wrestler and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.

Vera suffered his first career loss in October when he was decisioned by former champion Tim Sylvia, who ended up receiving a title shot as a result of winning the bout only to lose a shot at the vacant UFC belt earlier this month to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

The San Diego native suffered a broken left hand during the first round of his fight against Sylvia and was expected to be out of action until this spring.

In fact, Vera has publicly stated that he broke the ‘scaphoid’ in his left hand with the very first punch he threw. The injury prevented him from bending the thumb towards his hand which in turn, didn’t allow him to throw a punch with his left hand during the bout.

Werdum bounced back from a disappointing performance against Andrei Arlovski in his UFC debut at UFC 70 last April with an impressive stoppage of Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 80: Rapid Fire last month. The win was rumored to have solidified Werdum’s spot as being next in line for a title shot but a fight against Vera would obviously dispel that.

Sylvia Considering Move to M-1?

Photo by Curtis Smith. Courtesy of TimSylvia.com

In an interesting turn of events, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia may be leaning towards a departure from the UFC following his next fight, which will also be the final fight under his current contract with the promotion.

Sylvia recently left a post in the message forums of his official website where he revealed that one of the reasons behind him leaving concerns the fact that former professional wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar may possibly be making more money than the Miletich Fighting Systems product at the moment.

“I have one fight left on my contract,” Sylvia stated. I want to stay with the UFC but I’m going to go where the money is right now. Brock is making more money than me but that has to change. I have a better name than him and I’m the better fighter. My manager runs M-1 so I have a pretty good way of getting in there. We’ll see what happens in the next few months.”

Monte Cox, who serves as Sylvia’s manager, was named President and CEO of M-1 Global this past October.

Sylvia recently fell short in a bid for the interim UFC heavyweight title when he was submitted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira last weekend at UFC 81: Breaking Point. The loss was the second consecutive defeat for the Iowa native, who also dropped a unanimous decision to current champion Randy Couture last March.

Touch of gloves to MMA Mania for the find.

CKA: Feb 8, 2008

Kimbo Slice discusses his original date to fight against Tank Abbott that was cancelled and how he feels about EliteXC’s upcoming “Street Certified” event being in his hometown of Miami in the above video courtesy of Pro Elite.

Some news for you this morning…

Sean Sherk Still Not Fighting in California

Right after his suspension for a positive steroids test was reduced instead of being overturned by the California State Athletic Commission, Sean Sherk said that he would never fight in the state of California ever again. Over three months later, he still feels the same:

“There’s no reason for me to ever fight in California again. The way they treated my case and the way they handled everything was so unprofessional that there’s absolutely no way I’ll ever fight in the state of California again, unless they get rid of the entire commission and hire a whole new commission,” Sherk told MMA Weekly.

Speaking of the CSAC, they have suspended Luke Hartwig after he tested positive for marijuana following his bout at Strikeforce “Young Guns” event on February 1st. Hartwig has been sidelined for three months (can return on May 1st) and was fined $500.

Fedor Dominates at Russian Combat Sambo Championships

Fedor Emelianenko will be competing at the 2008 Russian Combat Sambo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia over the weekend.

So how did he do on his first day? MMA Ninja says pretty damn good.

As predicted, Fedor Emelianenko easily won all of his three fights. In his first fight, Fedor quickly attacked, after a combination of strikes he took his opponent down and submitted him. The fight was 35 seconds long. His second fight was even shorter - Fedor broke his opponent’s nose in 10 seconds.

The final fight against Stanislav Shushko took a little bit longer. Stanislav tried to keep Fedor at a distance using his height advantage, but Fedor closed the distance with a combination, went for a throw and a hold-down. The sequence of events happened once more and Fedor finished off Shushko in just over a minute.

Ninja and Fightlinker also discuss the weird relationship between Fedor and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Miscellaneous Notes

Fan favorite Paul Buentello revealed his desire to take on former boxing heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison in one of Morrison’s “MMA rules” bouts in The Underground. Touch of gloves to our friends at Bloody Elbow for the find. Luiz Alves, Muay Thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, claims that he believes Tim Sylvia greased up for their title bout last weekend in a recent interview with Tatame.

Radio Schedule

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Mir Interested in TUF Road to Sylvia

Frank Mir weighs-in for UFC 48: Payback. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

With Frank Mir now riding a wave of two impressive performances and slowly sliding himself back into the UFC heavyweight title picture, one can only expect that the former champ will eventually clash again with another former title holder in the form of Tim Sylvia.

Of course everyone knows the history between the two. Mir won the vacant title in a 2004 bout that saw the Las Vegas native snap Sylvia’s forearm in half. Since then the two have gone down separate roads - Sylvia held the title for a near eight month period within the last two years while Mir has struggled until recently to get back into form following a devastating motorcycle accident over three years ago.

While a title bout against current interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is in the distant future, a potential rematch between Mir and Sylvia has become much closer to a reality now that the Miletich Fighting Systems product has failed in two straight attempts to regain the title.

In a recent interview with MMA Weekly, Mir mentions that he would love to have a rematch with Sylvia as well as the opportunity to build up the fight as coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter”:

“Obviously, the Tim (Sylvia) fight is always going to sell,” Mir said. “I’m trying, I wish that would work out where it’s for a title, me and Tim, so maybe we can do a show and coach, maybe do a lot of hype behind that one.”

While Mir’s idea is an interesting one, the reality show has never featured two heavyweights as coaches. A season highlighting heavyweights would help the UFC’s depleted heavyweight division greatly, but one can only question whether or not enough competent heavyweight prospects would be able to be gathered at the moment in the sport. Then again, who says that the two wouldn’t just handle fighters from a lighter weight class?

UFC 81: Breaking Point Medical Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The most notable suspension handed out by the commission was given to light heavyweight David Heath, who suffered a broken nose during his loss to newcomer Tim Boetsch in a preliminary bout. Heath has been sidelined until August 1st unlesss his nasal fracture is cleared by a doctor before then. If his fracture is cleared, he will only be suspended until April 1st and will not be permitted to participate in contact-related activities until March 19th.

March 19th is also the date that Kyle Bradley and Keita Nakamura are suspended until. Bradley suffered a facial laceration in his loss to Chris Lytle while Nakamura has been given a break for precautionary reasons.

Marvin Eastman, who was victorious in a three-round decision over Terry Martin, has been medically suspended until March 2nd with no contact because of a laceration on the lid of his right eye.

Former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Tim Sylvia have both been sidelined until March 3rd due to precautionary reasons. Mir also has a scalp laceration. Neither will be permitted to have contact during training until February 24th.

UFC 81: Breaking Point Thoughts and Notes

Some thoughts and notes from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.

I was right and wrong

I did pretty well in the predictions department. I knew going into the fight that Tim Sylvia was going to give Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fits and that’s exactly what happened. However Nogueira has been tough to finish off all throughout his career and this fight didn’t turn out to be any different. No shame in losing for Sylvia. He hung in there with one of the best heavyweights in history.

I had a feeling that if Brock Lesnar was going to be submitted, it might have been by way of a leg lock/kneebar. Wrestlers always have been notorious for being too stationary with their legs while posturing up and working some ground and pound although a lot of fighters don’t really take advantage of it. It just goes to show how intelligent of a ground specialist Frank Mir is to keep his composure while getting pounded and still be able to pull off a smart move.

The only fight I took issue with was Rob Emerson’s split decision over Keita Nakamura. I actually thought that the fight was dead even at the end. I thought that Nakamura won the third round convincingly and that the first round was even.

More thoughts on the fights

Marvin Eastman surprised me while Tim Boetsch did not. While Eastman’s fight against Terry Martin wasn’t necessarily the most exciting, I was a tad happy to see that Eastman was able to take some power shots and still stay on his feet. Boetsch did exactly what I thought he would do against an average fighter in my opinion in David Heath.

Ricardo Almeida, Tyson Griffin, and Chris Lytle all did what I thought they would do. I talked to someone after the event who truly thought that Tibau beat Griffin, which is absurd. I wasn’t expecting that quick of a stoppage from Lytle but a stoppage win nonetheless. What’s going on with Jeremy Horn? I’ll have a piece on him up later today.

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A Tale of Two Comebacks: Nogueira, Mir Survive

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira throws a right hand at Tim Sylvia during their championship fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira became the first mixed martial artist in history to hold championship gold inside the confines of both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the PRIDE Fighting Championships as he submitted former two-time champion Tim Sylvia to win the interim UFC heavyweight belt at last night’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.

The 10,583 inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas saw an eventful first round where Sylvia shook off a right hand flush to his face to knock Nogueira down with a right of his own. Sylvia pounced on Nogueira but was unable to finish him off. The Brazilian maintained his composure and scored a swift combination and a late takedown during the final seconds of the first round.

The pace slowed considerably heading into the second stanza. Sparing a near takedown by Nogueira, the round took place on the feet the entire time. Each fighter landed their fair share of jabs and combinations throughout the five minutes. Sylvia looked to land a pair of rights that hurt Nogueira with under two minutes left in the round but the slow pace provided very little opportunity to capitalize on.

A right hand by Sylvia caused Nogueira to pull guard at the beginning of the third round. The skilled ground specialist quickly swept Sylvia, transitioned to side-control, and then locked in a guillotine as his opponent tried to stand up. Sylvia didn’t put up much of a fight and quickly tapped out, giving Nogueira the interim title.

“He’s a true heavyweight,” Nogueira said of Sylvia during a post-fight interview. “He’s a giant. I got in many hard punches in this fight. I was waiting for a good opportunity to put him on the ground. I always try at least one submission. If that doesn’t work, I go for a second and it worked tonight.”

Although visibly discouraged after the fight, Sylvia showed a good amount of respect for his opponent’s efforts.

“It’s Nogueira,” Sylvia said. “Every fight he’s in, he gets his ass kicked for the first ten minutes. You start getting comfortable fighting him and next thing you know, he catches you in something. The guy is a legend in the sport.”

Nogueira also pleaded for current champion Randy Couture to return from his resignation from the promotion in order to unify the belts and put on a great fight for the fans. Only time will tell if Couture will continue his stance or give in to the demands of Nogueira and many other UFC officials.

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UFC 81: Breaking Point Results

Antonio Nogueira def. Tim Sylvia - Submission (Guillotine)
Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar - Submission (Kneebar)
Nate Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine)
Ricardo Almeida def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine)
Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau - Unanimous Decision
Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley - TKO (Strikes)
Tim Boetsch def. David Heath - TKO (Strikes)
Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin - Unanimous Decision
Robert Emerson def. Keita Nakamura - Split Decision

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