Tim Sylvia, after his KO victory over Paul Buentello last August -- Photo by Dave Mandel for Sherdog
While it hasn't been officially announced by FEG, Todd Duffee has recently agreed to a heavyweight bout against K-1 and Strikeforce champ, Alistair Overeem on Dynamite!! 2010. People are already labeling it as his "impending sleep", as the 25-year-old took that fight on short notice and will be entering the bout as a huge underdog.
This makes his bout against Abe Wagner in jeopardy. Duffee is already scheduled to compete less than a month after Japan's New Year's Eve show, at Titan Fighting Championship 16, and with the good chance he is unable to headline the card, they already have a replacement fighter set. A source close to the fighter has informed BloodyElbow.com that former UFC champion, Tim Sylvia is already waiting in the wings to step in and headline TFC 16 against Wagner, as soon as the Duffee vs. Overeem bout becomes official.
Sylvia has had a slight fall from grace, coming in out-of-shape and uninterested, in a loss to Ray Mercer back in 2009, but he has picked it up and has racked up four straight victories since then. The two-time UFC heavyweight champion is looking to get back on the big show, and it looks like his next obstacle will be in the form of The Ultimate Fighter veteran, Abe Wagner.