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Former UFC heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia was recently upset by TUF veteran Abe Wagner on Titan Fighting Championships. This ended his 4-fight winning streak, and more importantly, his chances for an immediate return to the big show.
Even before the fight, lots of pundits saw early warning signs as Sylvia weighed in at a whopping 311 lbs, more than 20 pounds heavier than his last bout, and the same weight as when he lost to former pro-boxer, Ray Mercer in 2009. "The Mainiac" talked to FiveOuncesOfPain about the fight, and vowed never to fight at super-heavyweight again:
"Refs need to know the fighters. Did he see my fight with Andrei Arlovski – the second one – I got dropped, got up, and KO’d him. The Randy Couture fight I got dropped and fought for twenty five minutes. It was stopped way too early… It was bullshit. The sad part is the ref told the promoter and my corner he was sorry because he knew he made a mistake and stopped it a little early."
"I went into the fight with a bum knee and it got worse somehow during the fight so I go in for a MRI sometime this week and might need surgery. We will see."
"I will never fight at super heavyweight again. I fight much better at 265 so from here on out that’s what I am going to fight at."