Tim Sylvia talks about the fight with Fedor, the UFC and Kimbo

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Bemin
5/22/08 10:05:45PM
Tim Sylvia, the six foot eight former UFC heavyweight champion, will be taking on the great Fedor Emelianenko in July at Affliction Banned. I spoke to Tim at the Affliction Banned press conference in NYC today.





Hey Tim. Your split with the UFC, was it about money?




No, I'm not gonna say that. It's just we were both at crossroads in our career. I was at a crossroad in my career and they just didn't know what they wanted to do. I had no interest in fighting a prelim fight in my next fight. And the thing is if I won I would be back in title contention again. And how many people really want to see Tim Sylvia fighting for a heavyweight title in the UFC again. You know, I've done it like eight times. So they just had a different route they wanted to do with the UFC right now and I've got some different things that I'm wanting to do. So I'll do my thing for a couple of years and hopefully I'll have a home back in the UFC someday.




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whardin19
5/22/08 10:19:46PM
Well said by Big Tim on the UFC situation. He hit the nail right on the coffin there. Who would want to see him fight for the Heavyweight title like for the 8th time if he got another win? As for the Fedor fight I hope he wins it.
Jackelope
5/22/08 10:44:43PM
Well said on all points! Even the Kimbo ones. This is why I've always liked Timmah even though people hate on him
lordicast
5/22/08 11:04:23PM
Tims a good guy not his fault hes so awkward in the ring. His lay and prey doesnt do wonders either but what the hell if i was in there i would do whatever i had to in order to win! thats the bottom line anyway the all mighty W. hail to the "W"
Napao
5/22/08 11:15:03PM
Hmm so he wants to maybe return to the UFC one day? Interesting! Veeryyyyy interesting!!

I also like Big Tim...quite a lot actually! I know he's not the most popular fighter and a lot of ppl bag his abilities...butr quite frankly thos people have NFI what they're talking about! Tim CAN fight!! You're spot on there Lordi - Not his fault he just looks a bit unco while he's doing it! :P

Jump into a cage or ring at eleven foot six and see how YOU go!!! It can't be easy, Im SURE! lol
Pookie
5/23/08 12:20:35AM
good article
Cdellorso
5/23/08 12:25:20AM
i know Maine-e-yak is very un-pop in my camp- they call him the Big turd... (not to his face) I just hate watching him fight- he is not good on the ground. his fight with Monson- BOR-RING- I think if your Timmah and your facing Fedor you better be ready on the mat so good luck Tim I hope your "things your working on " work out against Fedor. he needs a loss - it will be good for him
chubbud22
5/23/08 12:27:50AM
I think big Tim is one of the most underestimated fighters in all of MMA. The guy gets no respect when he has pretty much fought top notch guys his whole career. I hope manages to beat Fedor and finally gets the respect he deserves. I have never been a huge fan of big Tims, but go get him big guy
Pookie
5/23/08 12:36:19AM

Posted by chubbud22

I think big Tim is one of the most underestimated fighters in all of MMA. The guy gets no respect when he has pretty much fought top notch guys his whole career. I hope manages to beat Fedor and finally gets the respect he deserves. I have never been a huge fan of big Tims, but go get him big guy



i still cant believe he was a 2-1 underdog against vera on this site.
Napao
5/23/08 1:54:24AM
Oh, Cdelleroso - for SURE Fedor is gonna mess up thet pretty(!!!!!) face of Timbo's! For SURE!!! LOL

But quite frankly - who could beat Fedor at this point in time?? Not one single fighter I can think of - not even ONE! The guy is just not human - he'sl like a friggin' T2000 or something!! The one from Terminator 2!..I am CERTAIN of it!! lmao

I seem to remember reading something QUITE a while ago now - well before this gight cpould possibly have been a twinkle in anyone's eyes - that Fedor actually named Tim as someone who had a style that *could* potentially bother him! Now this came from FEDOR himself - not from anyone else...so I take that at face value!

And if FE rates The Maneiac - well, then thats good enuff for me! I sure as HELL am not gonna argue with Mr. Emelianenko in any way, shape or form!!! Noooooo SIR Mr. Emelianenko Sir - whatever u say! LMAO ;)

But answer me this: How big are Tim's cojones to even climb into the ring with FE??? = :O Man, you just HAVE to respect his heart there! I am sure he is getting well paid to do so, but still...he could EASILY have just said "No, no way! Feed me a monkey please!" - But he didn't. And I admire that!

It just boil down to the fact that the dude is just a lot better a fighter than most ppl give him cerdit for! He's not perfect or won't make any pound-for-pound lists etc - but he is very underrated!

And I like some of the things he says - he is also clearly an intelligent and thoughtful individal and has a lot of respect for people and things...he is not burning ANY of his bridges with anyone - even though he probably has every right to dump on Dana & the UFC. But he doesn't. Goodonya mate - that's SMART!

Go Big Timbo!....I hope you can acquit yourself well against Fedor! You're a braver man than I!!!!!!! lmfao ;P
Jackelope
5/23/08 8:21:56AM

Posted by Pookie


Posted by chubbud22

I think big Tim is one of the most underestimated fighters in all of MMA. The guy gets no respect when he has pretty much fought top notch guys his whole career. I hope manages to beat Fedor and finally gets the respect he deserves. I have never been a huge fan of big Tims, but go get him big guy



i still cant believe he was a 2-1 underdog against vera on this site.



Yes he was. I picked Sylvia to win that one and I still stand by the fact that I think Vera isn't a top competitor at HW
MaxOne
5/23/08 1:47:36PM
great interview.

I'm looking forward to this fight.
NinjaCyborg
5/23/08 3:33:38PM
I'm looking forward to this fight as well.
I also was quite impressed with Tims response to why he parted ways with the UFC.
I don't really like him because I find his style rather boring, However I'm very interested in seeing how well he does against Fedor.
Sir_Karl
5/23/08 11:19:45PM
Tim is a class act all the way. "People" hate Tim Sylvia out of pure ignorance.
Great article and great guy. I hope he smokes Fedor like a morning cigarette.
MMAcca
5/24/08 12:03:59PM

Posted by chubbud22

I think big Tim is one of the most underestimated fighters in all of MMA. The guy gets no respect when he has pretty much fought top notch guys his whole career. I hope manages to beat Fedor and finally gets the respect he deserves. I have never been a huge fan of big Tims, but go get him big guy




Hope 'Big Timmeh' can pull out a win too.

However i'm sure excuses will be found if the GOAT Fedor loses.....
vistol
5/25/08 1:42:59PM
if you take a look at tims fights you will see that the only thing that has ever won for him is his size. and if you look at fedors fight you will see that it takes more then long arms(hong man choi, simmy shilt, zulazinyo) to fall him. and as far as tims standup goes, what has he done aside from a few lucky kicks and jabs?
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