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Reports of potential July fight between Fedor vs. Sylvia begin to surface


According to a published report, a heavyweight clash between former Pride Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia to take place on July 19 is in the works.

Greg Savage and Evengi Kogan of first reported the news on Tuesday afternoon.

The Sherdog report, which quotes Emelianenko as a source, goes on to indicate that the fight is tentatively scheduled to take place at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. One of the primary promoters for the event appears to be the clothing line Affliction, while Mark Cuban’s HDNet could be involved in some capacity. later issued a report of their own, which included a quote from Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox. Cox would not confirm or deny the report, however, he did say Sylvia was open to the idea of a bout against Fedor but that nothing has been signed.

The MMA Weekly and Sherdog reports vary slightly, as Sherdog quotes Fedor as confirming the fight while MMA Weekly quotes Sylvia’s camp as saying nothing has been signed.

As of Tuesday evening, all indications made to ( were that a deal had yet to be signed but could be finalized shortly. Sources also indicate that while HDNet could be involved, the initial airing of the event would most likely take place on pay-per-view. We have also learned that a very strong undercard is being planned for the event as well.

  • Fred says:

    Huge fight if it comes off. We’ve all learned to wait and see when it comes to anything involving Fedor. However, this fight would do big things for the careers of both fighters.

  • bigfish042 says:

    I just read this too, over at ****** *****.com. LOL. I just dont know wheteher to beleive it or not. I thought Fedor has made statements in the past that he would not want to fight Sylvia. Who knows…..???

    And after the whole M-1 parade, who knows what to beleive. They had a huge press conference and the whole deal for something that wsnt even a done deal. So when it comes to Fedor, I will just have to wait and see how this pans out. Nothing against you and your reporting, Sam. I think you know how apprehensive many are going to be about this.

    Let’s just hope that Fedor will finally face another top HW!!!!!

  • bigfish042 says:

    Oh and BTW….

    If this is true, you know that Dana White is loving it and probably offering Tim bug bucks if he beats Fedor. Dana would do anything to ruin Randy’s plans

  • Paul Hanna says:

    i’d bet on fedor for sure. but it will be awesome to have fedor fighting again

  • d-train says:

    what type of contract did timmy sign?

  • Sucks for anyone not living in DFW or willing to make the trip.

    Bully for me, I live 25 minutes away from AAC!

  • GoofyMonkey says:

    This one ain’t gonna be pretty… Fun to watch? yes. Pretty? no.

  • ufcfan says:

    good to see fedor finally fighting some reasonable competition.

    i think he’ll have no problem winning this one as soon as he gets it to the crowd (ala Nogueira did to Sylvia).

    its not fedor/randy but its good enough for now. marketed correctly, this could be the huge for the affliction promotion/hdnet or whomever is actually promoting it…

    i guess sylvia will be introduced as an “Adernaline” fighter yes/no?? due to his recent agreement with Monte Cox’s promotion…

    i wonder if the Trigg/Mayhem Miller fight will take place too??? wasn’t that supposed to happen back in February or something

  • ufcfan says:

    sorry i meant ground in that last post rather than crowd….

    my bad

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I don’t think Sylvia’s ground game has improved since he lost to Nogueira, and Fedor’s ground game is even better than Nogueira’s. Unless Fedor has a near terminal case of ring rust, he has to be the prohibitive favorite.

  • michael says:

    It’s not 100% yet. In an hour you’ll see Vadim’s statement at

  • sprewellrimz says:

    It will be a lot like the Schilt fight.

    Schilt is bigger, has a longer reach, and is a better striker than Sylvia. Fedor took him apart.

    Sylvia will probably look to clinch with Fedor, and he can’t win in that position. Fedor will sambo trip him repeatedly and pound him for a decision win, or perhaps an armbar. Bad fight for Sylvia.

  • Evan says:

    Wait and see if its true…

  • looks like fighting a 7 foot 4 guy was the right move for fedor. will help him adjust to tims hight advantage. maybe he is a little smarter then he is given credit for.

  • sprewellrimz says:

    LMAO, who the hell ever said Fedor was stupid?

    He got over a million dollars to fight Hong-Man Choi. He’s a genius.

  • ufcfan says:

    the boys at bloodyelbow made a good point…

    ring or cage?

  • sprewellrimz says:

    This is also going to be funny because if Fedor wins, they will look to invalidate it in any way possible. Like ring vs. cage.

  • Al says:

    Hmm, interesting.

    I would certainly like to know how much Fedor and his band of merry men are picking up for this fight. As to the fight itself, it’s a good ‘un to be sure, though one I see going fairly similar to the Sylvia/Nog fight. However, looking past this fight, if Fedor does win, it serves to gives a much more solid foundation to a PPV headlined by Fedor vs Couture in terms of it being in the US. Randy on his own could probably sell it fairly well in the eyes of the casual fan (and yes, they are the people that count), but there’s no harm in building Fedor up a bit in the eyes of the masses.

    If Sylvia wins however…

  • BadMonkey says:

    Sweet. Good to see Fedor back in line to fight somebody worth fighting. All armchair quarterbacking aside, this should be a good fight, hopefully in a cage or Tim is in trouble.

  • CAP says:

    This should be a great match up and will give everyone what they want out of Fedor in fighting a current top HW. And if he beats Sylvia they have a great story line set to blow out the Fedor/Couture fight. It’s about time Fedor gets back in the mix with the big dogs! I sure hope this doesn’t fall through. I would definitely pay for this but thanks to Cube it doesn’t look like I’ll have to!!

  • Ross says:

    Sam- You owe me a new computer, since I just spilled my drink all over mine when I read this. Cant wait-I hope this doesnt get screwed up by somebody-

  • Rich S. says:

    if it goes thru.. Sylvia’s gonna die..

  • Davey D says:

    I had a feeling this bout was going to happen. Although, I pictured it being in Chicago. I wish it still was because I could go to that show. I’m not to happy about it possibly being HDNet because I don’t have that station and won’t see it live. Oh well, at least I’ll be able to see it online afterwards.

    My money is on Fedor here. It’s just too hard for me to go against him. But, if Tim ends up winning and we all know anything can happen. He would come away from this looking like a million dollars.

  • Jackyl says:

    Another point to note is that I believe Sylvia has stated his agreement with Adrenaline is not exclusive. His intention leaving the UFC was to be able to fight some top guys that the UFC does not have. With a non exclusive deal he could sign to fight just about anyone. I’d love to see him against Alexsander Emelianenko, Mark Hunt, Fedor, Bob Sapp, Butterbean(just kidding.) Just saying there are some interesting fights that could come to pass now that he is out of the UFC.

  • Zack says:

    Hope this is real.

    Dallas people in the house? Let’s hook it up.

  • Gong says:

    This might be the first and only fight that’ll ever make me root for Big Timmah. Either way, I’m happy that Fedor won’t be fighting another can.

  • twankydawg says:

    Fedor will unleash his brutal GnP with little effort because Tim’s guard isn’t anywhere near what Big Nogs is. Either that or an armbar, Tim has a knack for getting caught in submissions and Fedor is one of the best on the ground. WAR FEDOR!!!

  • Ian says:

    Love the Cage vs. Ring arguments for this fight.

    While that might have some, (although I think little) merit in the Couture fight, they could stage this in some backwoods Alabama Mud Hut with a ring composed of Redneck Pig-farmers with Pitch forks, and Fedor could still sub Tim 15 times over in the first minute.

    While singing the Russian National Anthem.


  • mike wolfe says:

    #15–Somebody got over a million. Hopefully it was Fedor, but who knows? Fighters have been shafted many times by their managers. (Don King, paging Don King)

    I’ll bet that Monte Cox has no comment. He had a deal with Fedor that fell through after a big time press conference. He has no interest in jumping the gun a second time. Even with a contract signed by Fedor he shouldn’t comment.

  • mike wolfe says:

    I just realized that the photo of Fedor is against an M-1 background. Coincidence, or sly humor, Sam?

  • Dana White is going to be saying that these are two has-beens .. but the fact is that not all the action is in the UFC any more.. It’s an interesting fight, and I’ll be watching if I get it where I am…

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    Which tall guy will last longer against Fedor?
    Fedor will take some jabs coming in, but at best it’s a replay of Couture v. Sylvia – but I think shorter based on Fedor’s sub’s.

    Does this qualify for most interesting fight of the year so far, and does it merit based on competitiveness, or just the idea that “the masses” will have a shot at seeing Fedor on something less grainy than a YouTube or gif?

  • patrickgamil says:

    fedor doesn’t walk around afraid to lose.
    he takes every opponent seriously. and he’ll have a lot of things to mess up sylvia. leave dana out of this. it’s not a soap opera. we’ll see if dana trash talks it – and makes himself look like a jealous year old. but mma has roots way before white was born and will continue long after

  • egad81 says:

    If Tim beats Fedor… Dana White looks good for not signing Fedor and Cutting Tim.

    If Fedor wins (my bet) we still have Randy v Fedor to look forward to and Dana still looks smart for cutting Tim.

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Mike, we have a limited library of photos that we have rights to use right now. Right now, photos that were sent to us of Fedor at the M-1 press conference is all we currently have the rights to of him.

  • Fight Fan says:

    Everyone has their bad match up, will this be Fedors?.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if Tim pulls it off but it wouldn’t mean he ‘s the better fighter. It would also take the gloss off Randy vs Fedor.

  • revjames13 says:

    Wait, what’s this I hear? Fedor is set to fight an Arcturan Octopus Man on the Crab Nebula for a reported 19 centiuilians (or roughly eighty million goats by current conversion standards). No wait, scrap that, he just got a better deal to fight a genetic clone of Big John Stud in a tanker 14 kilometers below sea level. Hold on, there’s been a change, he’s just this moment inked a deal to fight the USC junior varsity wrestling squad in a revolving octagon in Newark, NJ.

    Can’t blame him for trying to cash in on his “best heavyweight” in the world status. Tim can beat him but he won’t. Randy will get one last chance to put the oil in his joints and go for broke. But let’s face it, he’s a big underdog in that fight, despite what anyone says about Fedor being overrated. Randy will not be able to manhandle him like he has others. It’s gonna be a very tough day at the office. And Fedor has the submissions that Randy doesn’t. War of attrition is his only real avenue of victory. But that fight will happen. The $$ are there, it will go down. On a flaming barge off the coast of New Zealand for seats 10 grand a pop! Where do I sign?

  • patrickgamil says:

    tim has huge reach and KO power.

    this can be neutralized. fedor has not only hand speed but foot work and crazy weird sambo sprawl. tim won’t know what to expect cause even if fedor has a basic gameplan, it’s never so 1 dimensional that anyone can figure it out. against hunt it was pretty clear though – but hunt can not be knocked out ever by any living creature and his punches are insane. but in tim’s case fedor may do some banging – just not at a boxing distance. MMA boxing is less tidy. couture is not a boxer but he is a very effective MMA boxer. he kept sylvia confused with a mixed arsenal. fedor will be able to hit sylvia. and while sylvias takedown defense an be very good it’s only good in a face to face confrontation. fedor will probably take it to the mat easily. i dont think he’ll get a sub quite as easily as nog but will neutralize tim’s reach on the ground and knee the body punch the head wrench the joint and choke ye ‘ol dino neck. tim needs to time a wicked punch. and then finish.

    i was impressed how well tim kept NOG boxing.

    I was surprised how long it took nog to get it to the ground.
    not surprised that it took 10 secs for a battered nog to make a monkey out of tim aftrr it went to the mat though.

  • patrickgamil says:

    like i’ve said before NOG should have focused more on various ways of getting sylvia to the mat sooner.

    he thought he’d try his boxing and wait for the mat to come?!

    fedor will be more creative in this respect

  • Fight Fan says:

    #37 LOL!

  • fightfan says:

    what venue is promoting this fight, i mean is it ufc or hdnet or ifl, which one im a lil confused as to who the promotion for this fight is?

  • sprewellrimz, who calls him stupid, just about everybody on sherdog, along with overrated,faggot, chicken shit, scared of fighting top competition. icant wait to see fedor break tims limbs and then do the same to dana and then you. im talking mma and your talking money.

  • alright its time to talk fighting, even if tim gave the best performance of his life, fedor will still have his way with him. tim will get a couple of shots in and might even cut him, but since it wont be a biased ufc promotion it will not get stopped. its gonna go to the ground eventually and thats where tim will find out that he has never faced anything as close to a death machine as fedor is on the ground. randy nog and aa are not even in the same league and if tim thinks randys gnp is great then he will have to make up a word to describe the technique fedor is going to throw at him.

  • Heaton says:

    jason hughes u were right!
    Tim sylvia is a Fat goofy with long arm monkey
    retard head foo.


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