It appears that the rumored rematch between former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir which had been talked about for UFC 74 on August 25 in Las Vegas is off.
MMAWeekly.com had listed a Sylvia vs. Mir match in its rumors section for the UFC 74 card but recently made an alteration, with Sylvia listed to fight an opponent to be announced at a later date.
According to the Wrestling Observer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, had no intentions of approving a match between Mir and Sylvia. Mir looked terrible at UFC 65 when he was TKO’d by Brandon Vera after just 1:09 into the round. Apparently Kizer wants to see Mir’s next fight be against an opponent that isn’t the caliber of Sylvia, so that he can prove himself again.
Mir apparently is still in good standing with Zuffa though, as he’ll be the color commentator for tonight’s debut of the WEC on the Versus network.
As for Sylvia, I’m not 100 percent sure he’ll he ready for UFC 74. Recent reports indicate that he has indeed undergone back surgery. I do not know the extent of the damage to his back or the nature of the surgery, but whether he’ll have enough time to rehab from the surgery and then get himself in fighting shape before August 25 is a huge question mark.