Tim Sylvia has made it clear to the world that he wants another shot in the UFC. Unfortunately for Sylvia, the UFC has standards. Okay, maybe I’m a bit too harsh on the former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, but his non-ZUFFA tenure has been underwhelming to say the least. With two terrible losses to a 47-year old Ray Mercer and Abe Wagner, Sylvia’s best win is over Paul Buentello who is past his prime.
Needless to say, there are plenty of other former UFC employees that deserve another shot in the big dance over “The Maine-iac”. These fighters have either put together an astounding resume after being cut or simply didn’t deserve the axe in the first place. If Tim Sylvia really wants to fight in the UFC again then he should probably imitate what these six fighters are doing.
After a knee injury at UFC 90 in a Middleweight Championship match against Anderson Silva set Patrick Cote back a year and the half, he returned to the octagon not looking like the same fighter that had strung together a five fight win streak in route to a championship shot. Two consecutive losses later, and the former TUF Season 4 Runner-up was left without a job in the UFC.
After his release, Cote has won three fights in decisive fashion with his most impressive victories being over Kalib Starnes and Todd Brown. His next fight is against MMA veteran Gustavo Machida at the end of the month, and a win there should impress Joe Silva enough to let “The Predator” back in the UFC.
Sean McCorkle (16-2) – Heavyweight
Wasting no time after being let go after his loss to Christian Morecraft, Sean McCorkle went on to win six straight matches in first round submission fashion. Granted the fighters McCorkle has beaten have a combined record of 37-49, McCorkle is a marketable fighter that understands the concept of fight promotion and provides entertaining fights.
McCorkle has made it public that he wants to clash with Tim Hague in a UFC bout, and a contest between both men could very well happen at UFC 149 which takes place in Hague’s native province of Alberta.
Jake Rosholt (12-3, 1 NC) – Middleweight
Rosholt not getting another shot really has me scratching my head. A surprising win over Chris Leben at UFC 102 was not enough to save Rosholt from the ramifications of losing to Kendall Grove. Rosholt has only one blemish in his eight after being cut from the UFC, and he avenged that loss against Matt Horwich in his last fight at Shark Fights 17.
At 29 years-old Rosholt is entering the prime of his career, and his wrestling game really poses a lot of problems to some of the top middleweights. Rosholt should only be a win or two away from being invited back in the UFC once again.
Magalhaes was simply too green of a fighter when he got his first shot through The Ultimate Fighter reality show. He was one of the best grapplers in the world, but his 2-2 record showed that he still had plenty of strides to make in the striking and wrestling department.
He was won seven of his eight fighters after his release, eventually winning the M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Championship. Magalhaes has put together an impressive resume, and the only reason why he shouldn’t be back is due to the stranglehold that M-1 has over their talent.
Ronys Torres has the best case out of anybody to be brought back in. His two losses to Melvin Guillard and Jacob Volkmann really aren’t that bad in the grand scheme of things, especially since Torres was still early in his career. The 25 year-old Brazilian is currently on a nine fight win streak, and he has dominated the Brazil MMA scene.
His most impressive triumphs have to be over UFC Vet Drew Fickett and Akbar Arreola who was on last Friday night’s premier episode of Season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter. Torres is in desperate need of a change in scenery and the UFC can provide that.
It’s been about five years since Alessio’s last fight in the UFC against Thiago Alves, and he’s truly earned himself another opportunity. Alessio has won nine of his last ten fights with his only loss coming to top welterweight prospect, Siyar Bahadurzada. Victories over War Machine, Luigi Fioravanti, and Luiz Firmino highlight Alessio’s run away from the ZUFFA banner.
Alessio definitely could be successful in the World’s No. 1 MMA organization, and he could be a gatekeeper of sorts testing out the potential prospects. He’s a scrappy fighter that has gone out and won fights rather than start a Twitter campaign to get himself back in the UFC.
Tim Sylvia can tweet and make as many youtube videos as he wants, but if he really desires another shot in the UFC then he should follow the blueprint that these fighters have put together.