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Old 05-14-2013, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tim Sylvia wants to finish his MMA career in the UFC, eyes fights with Mir or Barry

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Tim Sylvia wants to finish his MMA career in the UFC, eyes fights with Frank Mir or Pat Barry

By Mookie Alexander on May 14 2013, 11:00a  @mookiealexander 78



"The Maine-iac" has once again expressed his desire to return to the UFC, where the former heavyweight champion hasn't competed since 2008.


Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia is fighting veteran Tony Johnson at ONE FC 9: Rise TO Power on May 31st. The 37 year old has failed to win his last two fights at heavyweight, but he still wants one last shot at the UFC ... something we've heard at least 500 times before, but this is the latest iteration. (Via MMA Weekly)


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I don’t know what is going to happen in the future of the UFC heavyweight division. Ideally I would like to finish out my career where it started and that is in the UFC. There’s great fights out there for me and I’d like to put on a great show for the fans on the biggest stage there is, and that’s obviously the UFC," he said.
UFC president Dana White has shot those hopes down before, and his loss to Satoshi Ishii and no contest against Andrei Arlovski, a fight only given the NC tag because Arlovski forgot to say "pretty please?" to the ONE FC referee before soccer kicking a hurt Sylvia on the ground, more than justify not bringing him back into the fold.

As for who Sylvia would like to fight? Unsurprisingly, Frank Mir is one of those choices, but he also has Pat Barry on his radar:


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"Asked who he’d like to fight in the Octagon, Sylvia answered without hesitation. "Frank Mir, first and foremost," he responded. "You know, unfinished business man. He broke my arm and I wanted to keep fighting and they wouldn’t let me, so I’m irritated."

"I’d like to fight a striker so that we could put on a good show. I have a good friend, Pat Barry, who is in the UFC. I think if him and I fought it would be Fight of the Night or Knockout of the Night. Someone would go to sleep and it would be Fight of the Night," said Sylvia. "We might be able to score both of them. One of us gets Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night. We’d put on a good show. We’ve had some good sparring sessions so it would be a good fight for the fans.
Putting it bluntly, there's just about no way Sylvia returns to the UFC no matter how many times he says he wants back in. The majority of his post-UFC wins took place at super heavyweight, which the UFC obviously doesn't have. He also requested his release so he could fight Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction, so just on "past business decisions" alone he's probably not coming back. Every avenue I can think of is blocked, so unfortunately for him I doubt his wish ever gets granted.

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Old 05-14-2013, 04:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd like to say i want him back.

but it wouldn't be true. If tim had the ability to be boring and hold the belt in the ufc he would.


I still feel sorry for the guy. Mir could use the win
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I like Sylvia where as most people seem not to. However... he's not even close to being UFC material anymore (on a competitive level), and I don't want to see him just get beat up and then get cut.

So, no, no thanks.
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I like Sylvia where as most people seem not to. However... he's not even close to being UFC material anymore (on a competitive level), and I don't want to see him just get beat up and then get cut.

So, no, no thanks.
I did like Tim Silvia when prides fan base where crapping all over for the longest time.

I suggested back in the day he could beat arlovski and alot people laughed at me.

than i was right.... and I wish i wasn't LOL.

See the worse case scenerio isn't tim losing. that's fine.

What if tim wins.. fighting like.. well Tim.

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I used to hate Tim when he held the belt.... But I'm feeling soft, and would like him to finish his career in the UFC.
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All he's saying here is I NEED MONEY.
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All he's saying here is I NEED MONEY.
he'd be dumb not to take a chance and go for it.
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I would pay to see Timmay get pounded out on an undercard.

I just wouldn't pay very much.

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Sylvia sucks.

But then, so do a few UFC HWs.
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Both Mur and Barry would pound the piss out of Tim. He needs the money... and I enjoy crazy KO's... bring him in
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