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Ray Mercer Embarrasses Tim Sylvia In Birmingham

Gone in ten seconds. That’s how long it took 48 year old former heavyweight boxing champion Ray Mercer to completely and utterly embarrass former UFC champion Tim Sylvia in Birmingham, Alabama.

The fight was the headlining bout at Adrenaline III: Bragging Rights at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center.

Previously scheduled to be a boxing match between a former UFC champion and an aging former boxing champion, the bout was unable to be sanctioned as a boxing contest and was switched to MMA rules at the last moment.

Mercer was able to capitalize on a missed Sylvia kick to set up the fight ending right hand to the chin and it was lights out for “The Maine-iac” just ten seconds into the contest.

Mercer was 0-1 in amateur MMA going into the bout with Sylvia. He had one submission loss to Kimbo Slice prior to last night’s bout.

Sylvia, who came into the fight around the 310 pound mark, has been finished in his last three straight bouts, and has lost four of his last five. He is scheduled to face off with Paul Buentello at Affliction III on August . There is no news yet if Sylvia may fall under a medical suspension that could prevent him from taking place in that bout.

  • screwface says:

    i just cant stop laughing :p

  • Jfmoore62 says:

    For all those people that thought it was a bad idea for the UFC to drop this hack.

  • Jak says:

    i wonder if affliction has any regrets about paying 800k to sylvia…

    and i agree with screwface!

  • Rich S. says:

    I’ve always wanted to see Tim unconcious!
    It’s nice seeing him choked out in 30 seconds, or dominated for 5 rounds, but getting knocked cold by a 48 year old man is just priceless…

  • egad81 says:

    WOW almost makes me wonder… WHATS NEXT?

    Mercer vs Kimbo 2?
    Sylvia vs Retirement?

    Also makes me wonder…. Roy Jones vs Anderson Silva….bad idea?

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    Tim used to wear his damn UFC championship belt around in public, so he isnt a dude that embarrasses easily…but this should do it!!lololol

  • Rich S. says:

    egad, RJ/Silva is definitely a bad idea…

    A mixed martial artist stands a good chance at beating a boxer in MMA rules (except for Sylvia i guess… lol). But in terms of punching power, footwork, and striking ability, boxers, even 48 years old and a little rusty, are on an entirely different level..

    So not only is this fight a nice little gem for us Sylvia haters, but it helps the case of boxing vs. mma a little bit…

  • MMAFright says:

    Wow, this is just stunning. Where have you gone Tim Sylvia?

  • meatloaf says:

    Remember how those Tim Sylvia vs. Ken Shamrock rumors seemed so ridiculous a few months back? Doesn’t seem to absurd anymore does it.
    I bet after Tim’s suicide watch is over he’ll be counting the days until Shamrock’s suspension ends.

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  • Orwell says:

    Agree with Rich S. I don’t know why people are so surprised. Mercer is a former Olympic Gold medalist so you know he has the skills but he’s also been a champion and KO artist professionally. Like it or not, Boxing is a bonafide martial art. I’ve only seen the video from the stands but I doubt anyone in MMA could have taken that shot. (Of course, better fighters would have gone for the clinch or take-down and negated his one weapon.)

    There should be more love for Mercer. He’s not a great MMA fighter but he’s a 48 year old man showing he’s still got some dangerous licks. I like the “taking care of business, old man style” line. We should all be so lucky…

  • savagehenry says:

    Orwell says: “I’ve only seen the video from the stands but I doubt anyone in MMA could have taken that shot.”

    No joke. I was ringside on the opposite side of the ring from which the you tube video was shot. Sylvia got caught with a frighteningly quick right hand to the chin. It was lights out… I don’t know of anyone who could have taken that shot. I was surprised his jaw wasn’t dislocated.

  • ctownhood says:

    Dana could have invited him to the TUF 10 show to get back into the UFC…but apparently, he wouldn’t even be able to make weight….310…wow

  • edub says:

    This fight does not show that boxing is far ahead of mma in anything as u so adamently put it Rich S.

    Tim stood there and took a former gold medalist ko artist’s best over hand right on the chin.

    Tim is an idiot and a washed up one at that.

  • edub says:

    I mean for god sakes he cmae in at 310+ pounds.

  • Rich S. says:

    I wasn’t insinuating that Boxing is far ahead of MMA, at least not in the long run..

    But as far as striking goes, I don’t see how anyone can think a top tier Mixed Martial Artist would beat a top tier Boxer in a boxing match..

    According to the stats, Roy and Anderson have both been training for 20+ years now..

    In those 20 years, Roy has worked on Punching power, Punching Speed, Footwork, and Cardio..

    Anderson, on the other hand, started out with Tae Kwan Do, moved on to Judo, and eventually started working on earning his BJJ Black Belt, which he didn’t recieve until 3 years ago.. With that aside, you can tell that he’s only started this boxing fixation in the last year or so..

    Now, Anderson does have some serious power in his hands, but I can guarantee that Jones has been hit MUCH HARDER, MANY MORE TIMES, IN A LONGER TIME SPANS (up to 45 minutes sometimes)..

    All the facts are right there..

    Mind you, this is pretty much a Best Case scenario in MMA vs. Boxing in a boxing match.. Jones is one of the greatest boxers to ever live, and Anderson one of the greatest Fighters to live..

    Like I said previously though, Anderson would finish Jones in the first round of an MMA bout..

  • c5SvwmBCY2 says:

    Don’t call Ray Mercer a “heavyweight champion”. He briefly held the phony “WBO” title back in 1991 after beating the journeyman Francesco Damiani. Holyfield used Mercer as a tuneup fight after his “heart condition” loss to Moorer. Mercer’s career stats: 36-7-1 (26 KOs).


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