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BOSTON – Tim Sylvia is trying to see to it that 2010 turns out better than 2009 did. It hasn’t been easy.

The former UFC champion, struggling to rehab his name after coming out-of-shape and ill-focused into his nine-second knockout loss to 48-year-old boxer Ray Mercer last June, said he’s had three scheduled fights fall through in the past four months. Proposed dates for the Dream promotion on New Year’s Eve and in April were nixed, as was a fight against Wes Sims in March in Ohio.

On Monday, wearing a Boston Red Sox cap and a laid-back expression, Sylvia stood on a stage in the basement of a bar next to Fenway Park posing for a collection of Polish-speaking media. Next to him, wearing a tight black shirt, black pants and a tan, was Mariusz Pudzianowski, the five-time World’s Strongest Man whose crude but entertaining MMA debut in December drew exceptionally high television ratings in Poland.

“He’s a big boy, but I can tell he’s scared,” said Sylvia, 34, who hadn’t heard of Pudzianowski until he was offered the fight. “He wouldn’t stare at me straight on, eye to eye. He kept turning away. So he’s definitely worried already.”

The 320-pound Pudzianowski seemed to have sized Sylvia up for the first time as well.

“Tim is a big man, so there will be a lot of targets to bash up,” he said in remarks in Polish that were translated for the roughly 20 people attending the press conference.

The heavyweight face-off marked the launch of the promotional push for “Moosin: God of Martial Arts,” a May 21 card scheduled for the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., which is 40 miles west of Boston. Ohio-based promoter Corey Fischer, also a former Toughman promoter, said the event will be available on pay-per-view on all cable and satellite systems and will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media of New Jersey, which mostly promotes boxing pay-per-views.

The event, which is being promoted as the first major sanctioned MMA card in Massachusetts, has not yet been approved by the state athletic commission, which formed March 1. Fischer said “all the paperwork’s going through right now” and “will be done by this week.” Sylvia said Monday he didn’t believe he was yet licensed to fight in Massachusetts, while Pudzianowski has a fight for the Polish KSW promotion on May 7. Asked about the risk fighting two weeks before the Sylvia match, Pudzianowski said: “I’m crazy. I like challenges.”

The event was originally scheduled for April 23 but was postponed. An agreement is in place with the 15,000-seat DCU Center, which is promoting the card on its Web site and had a representative speak enthusiastically at the press conference.

According to press materials, the promotion is financed by “Mr. Oh,” an affluent Korean businessman who owns a large Tae Kwon Do promotional company in South Korea. Moosin has promoted MMA shows in South Korea and the United States. Fischer said he met Pudzianowski’s representation through his connection with Moosin, which plans an expansion into Poland.

Fisher said he met Oh after accompanying former Toughman star Eric “Butterbean” Esch to a Moosin fight in South Korea. Esch later headlined a Moosin card in Alabama, and is set to face former Boson Bruins hockey enforcer Lyndon Byers on May 21. Fischer said the super-heavyweight bout won’t be on the pay-per-view and is only to raise money for charity. In remarks at the press conference, Byers said the money would go to the family of a slain Boston police officer.

“It’s just to raise money, they’re not going to go to kill each other,” Fischer said. “That’s not the intentional at all.”

The pay-per-view will also feature a handful of UFC and PRIDE veterans. Travis Wiuff will face Mu Bae Choi, Travis Lutter will face east coast Gracie Fusion fighter Rafael Natal and Yves Edwards will face WEC veteran Mike Campbell.

The promotion also said it is close to finalizing a deal to match top female fighters Tara LaRosa and Roxanne Modafferi, likely at a 130-pound catch-weight. Moosin is awaiting clearance from Strikeforce to use Modaferri.
 

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Nuf said about Timmay.....
 

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meh. tim is a pretty good fighter when he follows his gameplan properly, and that 9 second Ko didnt prove anything but that mercer punches very, very hard.

that said, I'm pretty sure Pudz would roll right over timmay.
 

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I like Tim more than most people, but I'm still picking Pudzianowski to win. If he comes out and runs Tim down, closes the distance and lands some solid shots, he should be able to chop down Timmy Chonga.
 

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...Mercer didn't humble Tim?...

...At this stage in Sylvia's (so called) career, he needs to close his mouth. Calling someone "scared" is the last thing he should be doing. If I was Tim, I would train with bad intentions, jack up my cardio, get in the best shape possible, and let my hands do the talking. If Sylvia loses again, he might as well just be a commentator or help out at a training camp. I would be too embarrassed to fight again...
 

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Pudzianowski will roll over Tim but in no way....let me say that again IN NO WAY is he ready for the big time UFC Heavyweight division.....If he was dont you think Dana would break his neck getting him ??? But hey he was probably to busy trying to zone out James Tony to hear anything else.
 

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if he isnt scared, he should be.

tim has the size and reach to tap him on his fat head.

Pudz is also one of the few ppl on earth that is slower then Timmy in the standup. Tim will actually have a nice handspeed advantage.

to me, its all about how motivated, how hard trained and how ready Timmy is, if he comes in at 70% he will roll over Pudz easily with punches.

How will Puds get inside vs Timmy? He isnt Mercer, his hands are a joke. his kicks are lil girl kicks with no range and he is very slow??

maybe he will look for GnP??
 

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Pudz may not have a lot of range but he chopped dude's legs right out from under him with them. they have crazy power if nothing else.
 

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Pudz may not have a lot of range but he chopped dude's legs right out from under him with them. they have crazy power if nothing else.
ill agree there.

timmy has decent hands he could keep Pudz outside.

i would really like to see Pudz grapple with timmy, not exactly timmys strongpoint.

i think in a striking contest Pudz will lose, it would really surprise me if he won a standup battle.
 

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Hmmmmmmm I can see how you would think that
yea Pudz came to my gym and flexed his muscles and said im pretty fly for a white guy, im all upset now.

should i write about it in my diary?? or only real fighters do that?

you write like u got so much cred cuz of some silly sticker beside your name. lol. i can see why you would think that means you know more then others.
 

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I have Tim Syvlia winning this one. << Wow that feels weird.
 

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ill agree there.

timmy has decent hands he could keep Pudz outside.

i would really like to see Pudz grapple with timmy, not exactly timmys strongpoint.

i think in a striking contest Pudz will lose, it would really surprise me if he won a standup battle.
pudz grappling is a big question mark but I personally would say he shouldn't take it to the ground unless it's much, much better anyone knows.

I have a feeling we'll see Pudz chop Timmay down and then GnP him on the ground. If that doesn't happen quickly though we may just see Pudz gas, I've heard that he doesn't have a ton of endurance, and then it's just a matter of tim jabbing him to death.
 

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Everything in Pudz game is a question mark.

I mean I know the guy is massive and has tons of power but all we really saw was him kick someone in the leg a few times.

With the right training this guy can be a beast but I don't care you can't catch up to a champion not even a washed up champ like Sylvia.
 

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Everything in Pudz game is a question mark.

I mean I know the guy is massive and has tons of power but all we really saw was him kick someone in the leg a few times.

With the right training this guy can be a beast but I don't care you can't catch up to a champion not even a washed up champ like Sylvia.
not to mention the end of the fight. where Pudz looks completely exhausted lol he looked real, real tired.

he is gonna gas 100%

I think Ray Mercer could beat Pudz tbh
 

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Ya I agree.

The only reason I am even giving Pudz a chance is because of Tims recent losses. We don't know where his head is at right now he might be unstable and mentally weak.

The true Tim Sylvia will win if he shows up. I hope so I wouldn't mind seeing big Tim in Strikeforce or Dream.
 
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