Dana White: Tim Sylvia Not Coming Back to UFC

Written by Tom Ngo
February 16th, 2012

Former UFC Heavyweight Champ Tim Sylvia

Well, it didn’t take long for UFC president Dana White to crush Tim Sylvia’s (Pictured) hopes of getting back inside the Octagon. Two days after Sylvia pleaded with fans to bombard White’s Twitter to grant him another shot in the big leagues, White professed he has no interest in re-signing his former heavyweight champion.

“No,” White flatly stated following last night’s press conference. “I don’t even know what Tim Sylvia’s done. The last Tim Sylvia fight I saw, he got knocked out by a boxer. What has he done since then?”

After getting put to sleep by Ray Mercer in nine seconds in June of 2009, which marked his third straight mixed martial arts loss, the 35-year-old has rattled off wins in six of his last seven scraps. Unfortunately for “The Maine-iac,” they all took place in small organization that didn’t hit White’s radar.

“If you look at when Tim Sylvia was in the heavyweight division, I say it all the time, it’s when we had the weakest heavyweight division in the company’s history,” White added. “Him and [Andrei] Arlovski were knocking each other out every weekend.

“I have no beef with Tim Sylvia. The guy’s out there trying to make a living and doing what he’s doing. But for him to make the claim that he could knock out 80 percent of the heavyweights in the UFC, what I just said before says it all.”

Between 2002-2008, Sylvia fought 13 times for the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. Nine of those scraps were of the championship variety, with him winning the crown on two separate occasions.

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