Whether anticipating injury-related fallout from his bout against Alistair Overeem on New Year’s Eve, or simply a lack of turnaround time to prepare, it appears Todd Duffee has withdrawn his name from Titan Fighting Championships‘ upcoming event on January 28. The imposing 6-1 heavyweight had been slated to face TUF 10 alumnus Abe Wager on the Kansas City card.
However, the organization has wasted no time in finding a replacement for Duffee, as Five Ounces of Pain has been able to confirm with former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia that he will be stepping in to scrap with Wagner at the show. News of the potential replacement was first reported by MMAFA who learned of it during a conversation with Titan Fighting Championships’ head Joe Kelly.
The 28-6 Sylvia is currently riding a four-fight win streak with all of the victories coming as the result of strikes. Though his reputation has taken a number of hits over the past few years, the 6’8 striker’s accomplishments in the ring speaks for themselves with titles in the UFC and success in the Octagon against notable opponents like Andrei Arlovski, Brandon Vera, and Jeff Monson.
Wagner has won four of his last five bouts including a first-round knockout during an in-ring appearance last month. He is 7-3 overall in his career.
Titan Fighting Championship 16 is set to be broadcast on HDNet. In addition to Sylvia vs. Wagner, the card will also feature Jason High, L.C. Davis, and Drew McFedries in earlier action.