Despite initial reports that Daniel Cormier's final Strikeforce opponent would be none other than former UFC heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia, it now appears that the idea has been killed. Dana White cleared up the situation with MMA.tv.
From their report:
White said the signing was never announced, and that "long story, but yes, Tim is not with Zuffa."
White received criticism earlier today, as he had told the media that Tim Sylvia was not an option to fight Cormier, before today's news of Sylvia's signing broke online
It does sound like negotiations took place before the deal couldn't get done.
There just aren't many legitimate heavyweight options out there for Cormier that aren't already under the UFC banner. If the UFC won't send someone over to fight Cormier, it almost seems like Sylvia would be one of the best of a lot of bad options.
Is it likely that we just see Cormier and Josh Barnett rematch in the spirit of "what the hell else is there?"