After spending months and months lobbying for another shot in the UFC, it looks like former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has finally been given an avenue to pursue guaranteeing him a spot on the organization’s roster. Apparently, Sylvia has signed a multi-fight deal with Zuffa with the first bout taking place on September 29 where he’ll face Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier in headlining action.
News of the bout and contract were first reported by MMAJunkie. It is expected to be the final appearance of heavyweights inside the company’s cage before the division is fully folded into the UFC’s ranks.
UFC officials are still denying Sylvia’s signing regardless of multiple reports to the contrary.
Sylvia will enter the match-up having won seven of his last eight fights including success in three straight. Six of the victories involved some form of strike-based stoppage. He holds an overall record of 31-7 including 24 finishes and past triumphs over the likes of Jeff Monson, Brandon Vera, and Andrei Arlovski.
The unbeaten Cormier has gone 10-0 thus far in MMA since transitioning from a decorated career on the mat including an Olympic run. He was last seen outpointing Josh Barnett in an extremely entertaining effort a few months back.
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