Tim Sylvia Would be Willing to go on TUF to get Back Into the UFC
By George Deutsch:
Former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia has said he is willing to pay his dues on The Ultimate Fighter if that’s what it takes to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a promotion he hasn’t worked for since 2008.
Sylvia appeared on The Hammerfisting Podcast over the weekend where he was asked if he would compete on TUF if given the opportunity.
“Absolutely. I helped coach season two with Matt and Rich, because it was half heavyweights… They needed some help with the big boys, and those are two of my best friends in the fighting industry, so I went out there and stayed with those guys and helped them with their heavyweights… and made some pretty good friends…
“I watch The Ultimate Fighter and I would definitely do it if I needed to.”
Sylvia’s MMA career has been marked by professional highs and lows. He won the UFC Heavyweight Championship from Ricco Rodriguez at UFC 41, only to later be forced to relinquish it after testing positive for a banned substance, Stanozolol.
Frank Mir broke Sylvia’s arm with a brutal armbar submission at UFC 48 in a bout in which referee Herb Dean saw the arm break before many fans — and even Sylvia — realized what had happened. Nearly two years later in a fight against Assuerio Silva at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3, Sylvia allegedly defecated himself, as he had been feeling ill. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Sylvia would go on to beat Andrei Arlovski to reclaim the heavyweight strap in his next outing at UFC 59, only to lose the belt to UFC legend Randy Couture. He soon went on a three-fight skid that saw him released from the UFC and ended in a humiliating 9-second defeat to boxer Ray Mercer.
UFC President Dana White has been critical of Sylvia since the Mercer fight and has largely rejected Sylvia’s attempts to get back into the UFC. White said in February “the last time I saw him he got knocked out by a 50-year-old boxer in like 10 seconds.”
Now 30-7 overall, Sylvia is 6-1 in his last seven fights and has been quite vocal about his desire to get back into his previous form and return to the UFC.