Fedor Emelianenko is not the only top heavyweight in the world of mixed martial arts to have been involved in a high-profile divorce from a major organization. If a report by Tom Hamlin of MMAWeekly.com is correct, former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia is the latest fighter to part ways from his employer.
Terms of the agreement were not listed in the report. It should be noted that Sylvia either has or had one fight remaining on his contract with the UFC.
According to the report, Sylvia’s divorce from the UFC was finalized earlier this week. He has hinted on his website that he will be making a major announcement in regards to his career on Friday.
It is not yet certain what Sylvia’s next move will be. However, neither the UFC or Sylvia’s agent, Monte Cox, have issued an official comment. However, MMA Weekly is speculating that Sylvia will likely join Cox and become a part of M-1 Global.
It is also interesting to note that M-1 Global issued a press release to announce their separation with Fedor Emelianenko but also revealed that they will be issuing a second press release in 24 hours. It is unknown if the promised release is simply a repeat of the Fedor announcement, an announcement pertaining to Sylvia, or something completely separate.
This turn of events is very interesting. When I spoke with Cox several weeks back he indicated that it was his preference to work out a new pact with the UFC.
More details as they become available. UPDATE: Sylvia signs with new promotion Adrenaline MMA.