How far has former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia fallen since he left the world’s premier MMA promotion? To answer that question, just take a look at his next scheduled fight.
After losing three consecutive fights, Sylvia finally got back on track by beating Jason Riley this past September. He has now signed on to fight five-time World’s Strongest Man winner, Mariusz Pudzianowski, at “Moosin: God of Martial Arts” on May 21st.
Sylvia was once considered one of the best in the division, however has become irrelevant since being submitted by Fedor Emelianenko at “Affliction: Banned.”
The Miletich-trained fighter’s most embarrassing moment was when former pro boxer Ray Mercer knocked him out in only nine seconds last June. Even more concerning was the fact that he weighed-in at a Whopper, ahem whopping, 310.6 pounds for the scrap, showing that his dedication to the sport may have dwindled.
Needless to say, Sylvia must beat Pudzianowski for any hope at prolonging his career, but the question is, does anyone really care at this point?
The odds of Sylvia fighting in the UFC again are slim to none, and Strikeforce probably wouldn’t be willing to pay for a guy that isn’t a top 15 heavyweight at this stage in his career.
At almost 34 years of age, Sylvia has clearly seen his best days come and go, but how he’s remembered will ultimately be up to him.