In a battle of former UFC and PRIDE champs, Tim Sylvia will meet Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the interim UFC heavyweight title at UFC 81: Breaking Point on February 2nd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
UFC President Dana White made the official announcement on last night’s PPV broadcast of UFC 79: Nemesis.
According to White, the winner of the fight will then challenge current champion Randy Couture in order to unify the belts. Whether or not Couture will accept will remain to be seen for some time. Couture hinted earlier this month that he was content to wait out the remainder of his contract in order for a chance to fight Fedor Emelianenko.
Sylvia is coming off of an impressive unanimous decision over Brandon Vera in a fight many thought he would lose after coming off of back surgery. Nogueira was victorious in his UFC debut in July when he pulled out a decision over long-time rival Heath Herring.