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Daniel Cormier reportedly draws Tim Sylvia for final Strikeforce fight

After spending months and months lobbying for another shot in the UFC, it looks like former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has finally been given an avenue to pursue guaranteeing him a spot on the organization’s roster. Apparently, Sylvia has signed a multi-fight deal with Zuffa with the first bout taking place on September 29 where he’ll face Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier in headlining action.

News of the bout and contract were first reported by MMAJunkie. It is expected to be the final appearance of heavyweights inside the company’s cage before the division is fully folded into the UFC’s ranks.

UFC officials are still denying Sylvia’s signing regardless of multiple reports to the contrary.

Sylvia will enter the match-up having won seven of his last eight fights including success in three straight. Six of the victories involved some form of strike-based stoppage. He holds an overall record of 31-7 including 24 finishes and past triumphs over the likes of Jeff Monson, Brandon Vera, and Andrei Arlovski.

The unbeaten Cormier has gone 10-0 thus far in MMA since transitioning from a decorated career on the mat including an Olympic run. He was last seen outpointing Josh Barnett in an extremely entertaining effort a few months back.


  • stone says:

    I really hope Tim Sylvia brings his a-game… I think DC is a bit too much for Tim’s “welcome back” fight. I was thinking they would pair Tim up with someone like Pat Barry.

  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    this is a good fight for a couple of reasons, if Timmy wins, then it means he just beat the heavyweight grand prix winner, if he loses oh well it was expected, give him Barry or Kongo, or hell, in either scenario let him have a rematch with Mir! The only truely bad outcome is for Cormier if he loses, but even still, it is a loss to a former champ even if it is T-T-T-TIMMAY!!

  • MCM says:

    Dana White is flat out refusing the statement that Timmmay is signed to Zuffa. I read an article on another site that said that Showtime actually had a in their contracts that certain fighters under Strikeforce could only fight for Zuffa on Showtime. They were pissed that Hendo, Diaz, and Overeem left so they drew up the contract where Melendez, Rockhold, and I forget who else could only fight under the Zuffa banner on Showtime as long as Showtime was airing MMA. I don’t think that would hold up in court, but that’s what’s been reported.
    Using that information, it’s possible that Timmmay is singed to SF without ever having the chance to go over to the UFC. But knowing how much Dana HATES Sylvia, I can see this whole thing as nothing more than one of those MMA rumors that everyone believes…..RIP Kimo.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    When sites like MMAJunkie and MMAWeekly say they’ve confirmed it with sources I’d say that means more than a guy on an internet forum saying Kimo was dead (regardless of how much steam that rumor picked up).

    I think it’s more likely Sylvia or his management jumped the gun and said a deal was in place when the ink wasn’t quite dry yet.

  • MCM says:

    MMAWeekly is now reporting that Timmay is NOT signed to Zuffa. You’re probably right in that Sylvia jumped the gun in announcing it and now it looks like it bit him in the ass.
    I still think Fedor is the only legit option unless they bring Brock back.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Dana hates Timmay …

    The End.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    When I saw this headline earlier I couldn’t help but laugh it off without even responding. But after watching tonight’s UFC event…. fuck it, Timmy can’t do much worse.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I dont get fans. Tim Sylvia is BETTER than many UFC fighters. He is also far more experienced. Why is everybody so anti giving him a chance?
    Personally Id like to see him sign a 2 fight contract but not have him fight Cormier but perhaps Lavar, Struve, Barry, Browne, Kongo, Herman, Nelson or Del Rosario first, then give him a slight step up if he wins either of his 2 fights.
    Who wouldnt be interested in seeing Sylvia in the UFC again? If only for a laugh, people would watch.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Syliva *was* better than many UFC fighters. Not anymore.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Dude you rate some of the rubbish the UFC employs way too highly.
    Imo he matches up well with many UFC HWs.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Much depends on Sylvia’s conditioning and attitude. At his best(?) he had good takedown defense and good striking. It’s possible this could be more competitive than some fans are admitting. I’d still give the edge to Cormier because he’s younger and hungier, but on paper Sylvia could win.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Sylvia is an admitted former steroid user, who is now 36 years old, and up until recently was fighting above 300 lbs.

    Add it all up and I have zero faith in Sylvia’s ability to become relevant in the HW picture again. If this fight actually happens, Cormier is going to absolutely manhandle Tim’s fat ass.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    The UFC HW division contains plenty of mediocre fighters, but that does nothing to change the fact that Timmy is on the other side of his glory days as a fighter. He’s been a fat pud rolling down the other side of that hill for a while now.

    That’s just the reality of the situation. Not trying to unfarily bash Timmy. If I wanted to do that I’d talk about him shitting his pants in the cage.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Thankfully we won’t have to watch Cormier waste his time with Timmy, as he’s instead slated to fight Mir later this year.

    I still predict a Cormier victory, but this is at least a respectable matchup that Cormier can be proud of. I predict the fight outcome will lead to Mir’s departure & Cormier’s arrival with the HW top-10 rankings.


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