According Tim Sylvia (Pictured), not only was the former UFC heavyweight champion in serious negotiations to fight Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce’s final 265-pound tussle, but the scrap was agreed upon. However, before they could put pen to paper, Zuffa pulled a switcheroo and decided to go with Frank Mir.
“Sorry to all my fans hoping to see me back in the big show,” Sylvia posted on
The Underground Forums. “We were talking to the UFC about the [Cormier] fight in [Strikeforce] and agreed to it. But for some reason they picked [Mir] instead. It is what it is. At least I was considered, so maybe in the near future I will be back thanks for all of your support.”
Although several credible outlets reported Sylvia had inked a deal to face Cormier later this fall, UFC president Dana White quickly reiterated that fans shouldn’t believe everything they read on the Internet.
Cormier and Mir will collide in a yet-to-be announced Strikeforce event this October/November.
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.