Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Although several credible outlets reported former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia (Pictured) had inked a deal to face Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce’s final 265-pound scrap, UFC president Dana White quickly killed that chatter on Friday night.
“Never a FACT unless I say it is,” White told The Underground Forums. “Long story, but yes, Tim is not with Zuffa.”
According to the normally-trustworthy rumor mill, negotiations for a multi-fight contract between Sylvia and Zuffa did take place. However, for whatever reason the two sides weren’t able to put pen to paper.
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.
Sylvia wasn’t brought back after getting submitted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in an interim title fight at UFC 81.
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 36-year-old has rattled off wins in seven of his last eight bouts.
Cormier closes out his Strikeforce career on September 29th. Still no word on who his dancing partner will be.