Tim Sylvia to Leave the UFC?

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juanez13
3/27/08 3:17:06PM
It looks that way. Not only was there a message of a "huge announcement" coming on his website, but The Fight Network is reporting that Sylvia appears to be headed for (financially) greener pastures:


Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia could announce his decision to leave the Las Vegas-based promotion as early as Friday, according to a source close to the situation. Sylvia, who has one fight remaining on his current contract with the UFC, submitted to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a bout for the interim heavyweight championship at UFC 81 in February.


Sylvia's departure could set the stage for a lucrative match with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko later this year. Still widely regarded as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Emelianenko's services are being sought by a number of potential suitors, including EliteXC.
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Pookie
3/27/08 3:23:43PM
i like. more matches outside the UFC then in it for him.

Barnett
Cro-cop
Fedor
Kharitonov

as opposed to

Werdum
Gonzaga
Kongo
Herring

or of course he could have more rematches with MIr, Arlovski(who may not be with the ufc anymore), and Vera.

Who wouldnt want to see vera vs. sylvia 2! or Arlovski vs. Sylvia 4!?
Tein_Lung
3/27/08 3:24:43PM

Posted by Pookie


as opposed to

Werdum
Gonzaga
Kongo
Mir

all people that would beat him
Pookie
3/27/08 3:26:06PM
Kongo would beat Sylvia? Go figure. Never would have guessed that.
SmileR
3/27/08 3:31:36PM
If he announces that he's stupid! Isn't their something like 11 months left on his current contract an the UFC will just keep him in lingo until then.
Not to mention his fights aren't exactly the most interesting to watch so a year away regardless of if he's difficult to beat or not he won't be able to demand the same amount of cash.

I hope its something like who his next is against or he might be starting up his own gym for 6'8" people and above!
prozacnation1978
3/27/08 3:33:10PM
nice way to help people who make your business succeed!! by kicking out some of the founders that helped the ufc evolve into a huge success randy, tito, andre, now tim. way to go dana!!!!!!!!!!!
SmileR
3/27/08 3:35:49PM

Posted by Pookie

Who wouldnt want to see vera vs. sylvia 2! or Arlovski vs. Sylvia 4!?




I would cream my pants for this! Andrei would smash Tims face in in a rematch!
Look at the fight again, AA dominated the first and second up to the point that kick was checked.
Then he isn't as quick or aggressive but still lands all the power shots and still has the faster hands!

Yeah it was a boring match after the 2nd round but I'd still pay to see the 4th fight and i'd bet many others would too!
Matimus
3/27/08 3:45:55PM
Id like to see sylvia vs Herring, or kongo. I think it would be a 3 round slugfest with the winner comming by decision.

But I think his news is that drinking all them grasshoppers and cosmo's turned him gay.
tepid55
3/27/08 3:54:22PM
Sylvia's days as a top heavyweight are over.
Evilwig
3/27/08 4:04:02PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

nice way to help people who make your business succeed!! by kicking out some of the founders that helped the ufc evolve into a huge success randy, tito, andre, now tim. way to go dana!!!!!!!!!!!



yeah, Blame it on Dana.....
Dana wants exciting PPV, even if those fighters helped shape the UFC, at some point they will be past their prime and will be replaced...

Anyway, it's not like Tim was the most exciting fighter of the HW division.
Twenty20Dollars
3/27/08 4:11:47PM
Im pretty sure he's leaving even though, I hate to say UFC HW division needs timmy right now.

Watch it be like some stupid announcement. haha
TWITA
3/27/08 4:23:01PM
Seriously, if Big Tim leaves you can't put the blame on Dana. His fights are BORING and he's probably asking for ridiculous money. Let some other sucker pay him too much $$$ for 15 minutes of hugging.
juanez13
3/27/08 4:25:46PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Im pretty sure he's leaving even though, I hate to say UFC HW division needs timmy right now.

Watch it be like some stupid announcement. haha



even with this said (Possibility of leaving), i'd still say the announcement will be that he is fighting Frank Mir, i just have a feeling that will be the announcement
nickcuc547
3/27/08 4:32:08PM
i like tim and i think he is a great assett to the ufc, but it might be the right time for him to go. he has nothing more to accomplish in the ufc and he isnt going to get another title shot any time soon. i would totally respect it if he took the money and went elsewhere.
wrona666
3/27/08 4:40:44PM
I personally dont enjoy watching Tim fight at all......If him and Arlovski were to fight again it would probably be the same as there last fight a five round jab competition, but that being said i would enjoy watching him and Mir fight again just so Mir can beat him again....
coldchillin
3/27/08 4:44:25PM
it would probably be in his best interest to leave right now and sign for a good amount somewhere else. I would personally like to see him in Elite.
ncordless
3/27/08 4:55:28PM
In a perfect world...

Tim would leave the UFC to be a part of a Open weight DREAM/ProXC tournament along with this list of fellow competitors:

Fedor
Randy
Barnett
Sylvia
Cro Cop
Arlovski
Hunt
Rothwell
Kimbo
A. Overeem
Aleks
Rizzo
Bigfoot
Fujita
Randleman
Munson

Perfect world bonus points... the event is broadcast on live TV in both the US and Japan.

Double Bonus Points.... the finals are on New Years Eve.

Why can't the world be perfect?
Pyrenus
3/27/08 5:06:19PM
^^ Money. It messes everything up.
iwannabesedated
3/27/08 5:42:24PM
The grass isn't always greener on the other side.But i really wont miss Tim..He had a long nice run in the UFC.If he wants to move on good for him.
whardin19
3/27/08 5:45:05PM
It would be kind of sad to see Tim leave the UFC. Although I won't be totally hurt by it. He's a good fighter but its time for some new blood in the UFC Heavyweight division.
jgtribbett
3/27/08 6:21:12PM

Posted by Pookie

i like. more matches outside the UFC then in it for him.

Barnett
Cro-cop
Fedor
Kharitonov

as opposed to

Werdum
Gonzaga
Kongo
Herring

or of course he could have more rematches with MIr, Arlovski(who may not be with the ufc anymore), and Vera.

Who wouldnt want to see vera vs. sylvia 2! or Arlovski vs. Sylvia 4!?



honestly .. me.. i wouldnt want to.
he's just a big guy.. just a big big big big guy. if he gets in shape.. then i'll watch..
billycarnage
3/27/08 6:28:59PM
His announcement will be that there was a contract dispute between him and Dana over next seasons Dancing with the Stars so he is going to leave UFC to persue his original dream in performing arts.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsup0TY50ZQ
keith-hackney1
3/27/08 6:40:35PM

Posted by SmileR


Posted by Pookie

Who wouldnt want to see vera vs. sylvia 2! or Arlovski vs. Sylvia 4!?




I would cream my pants for this! Andrei would smash Tims face in in a rematch!
Look at the fight again, AA dominated the first and second up to the point that kick was checked.
Then he isn't as quick or aggressive but still lands all the power shots and still has the faster hands!

Yeah it was a boring match after the 2nd round but I'd still pay to see the 4th fight and i'd bet many others would too!



Tim smashed AA's face in the last two rematches ... !!!!!
postman
3/27/08 6:54:35PM

Posted by tepid55

Sylvia's days as a top heavyweight are over.



What makes you say that? Can you back this up with FACTS? Or is it simply that you don't care for Tims Style and look that you are saying this. Tim was doing just fine agianst Nog then he got tapped. He just beat Vera. Other then his not so fun style there is no reason to put him down.
hippysmacker
3/27/08 7:47:52PM

Posted by postman


Posted by tepid55

Sylvia's days as a top heavyweight are over.



What makes you say that? Can you back this up with FACTS? Or is it simply that you don't care for Tims Style and look that you are saying this. Tim was doing just fine agianst Nog then he got tapped. He just beat Vera. Other then his not so fun style there is no reason to put him down.



I agree. I still think Sylvia is at least a top 10 guy, probably top 5.
Pookie
3/27/08 8:31:58PM
lol i was being sarcastic when i said:


Posted by Pookie

Who wouldnt want to see vera vs. sylvia 2! or Arlovski vs. Sylvia 4!?





cmill21
3/27/08 9:30:52PM
Man....I'm thinking he'll be going to Elite..they are sure going to use the money from CBS to do some damage.
RMFG_187
3/27/08 10:15:48PM

Posted by cmill21

Man....I'm thinking he'll be going to Elite..they are sure going to use the money from CBS to do some damage.



They announced Kimbo on the CBS card, maybe Sylvia vs Kimbo
warglory
3/27/08 10:31:59PM

Posted by RMFG_187


Posted by cmill21

Man....I'm thinking he'll be going to Elite..they are sure going to use the money from CBS to do some damage.



They announced Kimbo on the CBS card, maybe Sylvia vs Kimbo



No way in hell. Shaw claims Kimbo is his golden boy at heavyweight, but he knows Tim would be way too much for him right now.
Pookie
3/27/08 10:52:04PM

Posted by warglory


Posted by RMFG_187


Posted by cmill21

Man....I'm thinking he'll be going to Elite..they are sure going to use the money from CBS to do some damage.



They announced Kimbo on the CBS card, maybe Sylvia vs Kimbo



No way in hell. Shaw claims Kimbo is his golden boy at heavyweight, but he knows Tim would be way too much for him right now.



that really is one of those match-ups that kimbo would have very little chance in
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