Sunday, June 21, 2009


Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia is trying to get on the next season of Bully Beatdown on MTV. He said this to Fighter’s Only:

“I was bullied all through high school, where I was never a big guy. I grew and became a big guy. I still have a chip on my shoulder for all those assholes who picked on me and beat me up. If everything goes right, I will be on the second season of Bully Beatdown. What I want to pitch to them is, bring in one or two bullies that bullied me, and what I want to do is take the money — the ten or twenty thousand dollars you win — and donate it to charity, I don’t need it.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Former UFC Heavyweight champion Tim ‘The Maine-iac’ Sylvia had some aspirations of possibly finishing his MMA career with the organization that has made him one of the top Heavyweight fighters in the world, but following his 10 second knockout loss to former WBO Boxing champion Ray Mercer at this past weekend’s Adrenaline 3 “Bragging Rights” card UFC President Dana White says that Sylvia like Kimbo Slice would have to go through The Ultimate Fighter route to get back into the UFC.

In an article from White was quoted as to saying that Sylvia made MMA look like a “joke” and the only way he can ever make it back to the UFC would be via TUF.
“Are you kidding me, he seriously wants to return to the UFC?” asked White “He hasn’t won a fight in years and when he did he usually put everyone to sleep, the only time he’s in an exciting fight is when he’s getting his [expletive] ass handed to him.”
“Look, he just got beat by a near 50 year old in under 10 [expletive] seconds, how do you expect to be taken seriously after that? he just made MMA look like a complete joke. If he has any hopes of ending his career in (the) UFC he will have to go on TUF, there’s no other way he’s getting in.” said White.

I’m not sure of this, but I would not put it past the colorful UFC President saying that of his former UFC champion, but I just realized right now as to just how out of shape Sylvia was for the fight which it is safe to say that he was probably taking Ray Mercer very lightly and it showed.

Now with that result it has forced Affliction VP Tom Atencio to take Sylvia off the Affliction “Trilogy” card from his bout with Paul Buentello and all I could say about it is: man, I thought Andrei Arlovski had it bad!


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Monday, June 15, 2009


It’s been a tough month for former UFC Heavyweight Champions.

Just as Andrei Arlovski had his boxing debut postponed after being knocked out by Brett Rogers on June 6, fellow Zuffa refugee Tim Sylvia has been scratched from his August 1 Affliction bout against Paul Buentello courtesy of a Ray Mercer knockout last Saturday (June 13).

Affliction Veep Tom Atencio (courtesy of MMA Fanhouse):

“It’s his second knockout in a row, and I don’t want to take a chance on anything. The fight is less than 60 days away.”

“The Maine-iac” stunned the Birmingham, Ala., crowd on Friday with a scale-busting weight of 310 pounds at the weigh-ins for his MMA-turned-boxing-turned-MMA fight against former pugilist powerhouse Ray Mercer.

It only took 10 seconds for “Merciless” to flatten his corpulent counterpart the following night.

Sylvia had been on the shelf since getting steamrolled by Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction “Banned” in July 2008. That’s more than a year of inactivity, which along with his weight, could be have been a factor in Saturday’s fight.

The unsanctioned bout puts Sylvia on a three-fight losing skid. The former UFC headliner has now dropped four of his last five contests. He’ll need all the help he can get to ensure that he breaks out of his slump sooner rather than later.

It just won’t be against “The Headhunter.”

Buentello was last seen using Kiril Sidelnikov’s face as a human punching bag for almost three full rounds at Affliction 2: “Day of Reckoning” earlier this year. He went on to eventually score a late third round technical knockout over the Russian Sambo specialist, who later tested positive for having banned substances in his system after the match.

A search for Sylvia’s replacement is expected to be underway shortly.

Affliction 3: “Trilogy” will feature a main event between WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and top-ranked division player, Josh Barnett. Former Dream middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi is also expected to make his fighting debut on American shores.

Sunday, June 14, 2009



Ray Mercer vs.Tim Sylvia


Tim Sylvia threw one kick then Mercer unloaded a right that connected on Sylvia and he tumbled like a 500 lb tree in the woods, Sylvia fell over and it seemed like it was in slow motion.

MERCER BY KO @ 10 seconds in the first round. This place is a madhouse.


UFC President Dana White has been talking all week about the over the phone deal done with the Croation fighter Mirko Cro Cop to face Mostapha Al Turk on the main card at UFC 99.

In a surprise move, Mirko Cro Cop informs Dana White during the post-fight press conference, that he has already signed a three fight contract with the Japanese promotion DREAM and will not be signing a long term contract with the UFC.

The story of the post-fight action was Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic telling UFC president Dana White he didn’t want to sign with the UFC longterm. Technically he couldn’t because he informed White that he had already signed a three fight deal with DREAM in Japan.

Dana White reacts to the news:

“Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White asked rhetorically after being queried about Filipovic’s deal with DREAM. “He (expletived) me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he (expletived) me.”

“He didn’t keep his word … He talked about honor and all this other [expletive] and he [expletived] me.”

“He fed me this bull [expletive] about wanting to take a run for the title, and what I think he did was, he went out and did this. He turned down every other [expletive] fighter I offered him, because I needed him to fight Cain. He didn’t just poke Al-Turk; he poked me, too.” [Yahoo Sports]

A shady thing to do after talking about making one more run at the UFC title during the pre-fight press conference.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


I guess Kevin Ferguson really wants to be an F-ing fighter after all.

“Kimbo Slice” has apparently inked a deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and will debut as a participant on the upcoming tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) according to Yahoo Sports.

Strikeforce recently passed on the contract of the former Elite XC heavyweight after the San Jose-based promotion purchased select Pro Elite assets following the company’s demise.

While there was some initial interest in his services, it was unrealistic to think they would pay him $500,000 (what he got paid for the Petruzelli fight) to bang with middle-of-the-road competition. In the end, the two sides could not find a common ground financially, and Slice officially became a free agent.

Anyone who would have predicted he’d end up on the Zuffa payroll would have gotten a visit from men in white coats at 3am for a long ride in the paddywagon — especially after all the disparaging remarks UFC President Dana White has made regarding the former street fighter and YouTube sensation.

However under all the insults and potshots, one thing White did promise was that Slice could join the UFC ranks if he fought his way into the cage via a stint on The Ultimate Fighter, White’s proving ground for up-and-coming talent looking to make it big.

Here’s a snip from the prez during the UFC 90 post-fight presser:

“What has the guy done to deserve to be in the UFC? Nothing. I don’t consider him a real athlete or anything. He won’t win The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). The offer is out there if he wants to take it and he won’t win it. I might [put a heavyweight show together just for him].”

I guess Ferguson took that as a challenge, as the bearded bruiser is now set to debut on the Spike TV reality show on September 16.
By: Jesse Holland/