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The Legend 04-08-2008 03:12 PM

Breaking News: Fedor to fight Sylvia!

Originally Posted by Sherdog
Top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) will fight Tim Sylvia (Pictures) on July 19. The Russian mixed martial arts champion confirmed the bout to on Tuesday.

"[Sylvia] is a good fighter, a strong fighter, the former UFC heavyweight champion, which is important," Emelianenko said via the telephone from Stary Oskol, Russia. "I am looking forward to fighting him and training hard for this fight."

While Emelianenko was short on details, has learned through sources close to the negotiations that Fedor-Sylvia would headline a card tentatively scheduled for the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, the home base of HDNet Fights.

Attempts to confirm the fight with HDNet went unreturned, however sources indicate the bout will air on the Mark Cuban-owned network and is rumored to be promoted by Affliction, a clothing brand closely tied to MMA.

Affliction had been connected with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, however a June 28 Las Vegas date has since been discarded.

Emelianenko, a 31-year-old sambo practitioner, has faced criticism from media and fans alike after a string of fights against less than stellar competition. Sylvia would represent the Russian's first ranked opponent since his unanimous decision over Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic nearly three years ago.

Widely regarded as the top heavyweight fighter in the world, Emelianenko (27-1-0, 1 NC) was recently freed from a letter of intent binding him to the now-defunct M-1 Global promotion.

Sylvia, 32, is coming off a submission loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) in February at UFC 81. After a spirited performance that saw him batter his foe at will with strikes, Sylvia (24-4-0) eventually fell victim to a classic Nogueira come-from-behind performance and succumbed to a guillotine choke early in the third round.


I got Sylvia I can't even type right now because Fedor is going to get his ass whooped I am so excited!

wukkadb 04-08-2008 03:14 PM

Woah damn

Fedor>all 04-08-2008 03:14 PM


Originally Posted by The Legend (Post 515167)

I got Sylvia I can't even type right now because Fedor is going to get his ass whooped I am so excited!

Fedor's going to prove why he's #1. :thumb02:

KINGMMA 04-08-2008 03:14 PM

Haha Fedor Will Destroy Sylvia! Very Exciting!

Breadfan 04-08-2008 03:15 PM

oh boy... Timmah!

JoshKnows46 04-08-2008 03:15 PM

Welcome to the big boy's, fedor....tim will absolutly destroy fedor, I can't wait.

LeeM 04-08-2008 03:15 PM


Originally Posted by Fedor>all (Post 515169)
Sylvia's going to prove why Fedor's not #1. :thumb02:


drockh 04-08-2008 03:15 PM

Gonna take Sylvia on this one..

The Legend 04-08-2008 03:17 PM

How do you guys think Couture feels about this?

Fedor>all 04-08-2008 03:17 PM


Originally Posted by LeeM (Post 515174)


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