Back in 2006, Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia was on top of the UFC’s heavyweight division. He had just defeated Andrei Arlovski for the second time and as the UFC heavyweight champion he didn’t really have many other challengers in the heavyweight division.
Of course that all changed when Randy “The Natural” Couture announced he was coming out of retirement to fight Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title. Needless to say, Couture ended up winning the heavyweight title from Sylvia after a five-round war at UFC 68. He then went on to defeat Brandon Vera at UFC 77 via decision but dropped his last official UFC bout to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81.
It was after the submission loss to Nogueira that Sylvia announced that he was leaving the UFC to explore other options in the MMA world.
Just a few weeks later, the “Affliction” clothing company had announced that they were going to promote their first MMA show. Not only that, but the main event would feature #1 heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko facing the former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.
MMA fans all over the world were ecstatic to see Fedor finally square off against some “top 10 competition”. However, once the fight actually went down, Fedor knocked Sylvia down quickly and submitted the former champ with a rear-naked choke in just 36 seconds.
Sylvia had now dropped three out of his last four fights and was left questioning whether or not he still had what it takes to be a “top 10 heavyweight fighter”. Was Sylvia’s MMA skills diminishing or was he just a victim of bad match-ups?
We may find out soon enough. According to the UK-based “Fighters Only” magazine, Sylvia is scheduled to fight for a “very high profile” MMA organization in August. In the report, Sylvia mentions that he currently has the contract at home but he’s not allowed to give us details on which company he may be fighting for or who he may face.
If Sylvia is added to the Affliction III card, a possible opponent for him could be none other than former UFC rival Andrei Arlvoski. Sylvia still has plenty of dislike for Arlovski and has expressed an interest in facing him again in the near future. The two fighters faced each other on three separate occasions in the UFC with Sylvia winning the last two fights. However, as of right now both fighters are scheduled to compete in June. Sylvia is set to make his professional boxing debut against Ray Mercer on June 13 while Arlovski is set to face Brett Rogers at a Strikeforce show on June 6.
Other possibilities for the former UFC heavyweight champ include an unlikely return to the UFC, or a more likely signing with Strikeforce to boost their heavyweight division.