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Tim Sylvia Willing To Take Entry-Level Money To Fight In The UFC Again

Tim Sylvia wants back in the UFC so bad he’s “pretty much begging” at this point.

Yes, you read that right. That’s what he told MMA Junkie Radio today on a media campaign to get back in the UFC.

“I made a mistake. I was wrong. I’m sorry. I screwed up. But give me a second chance please. I’m pretty much begging… It was a stupid mistake I made (leaving the UFC for Affliction), especially with how it all worked out,” Sylvia today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “But I know (UFC co-owners) Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) and all those guys have given second chances – Tito Ortiz being one of them, B.J. Penn, Mark Coleman, the guys who did the rape jokes on Twitter and all that stuff. Even Nate Marquardt is getting a second chance with Strikeforce.”

If given a second chance, Sylvia promises he’ll beat any of the UFC’s heavyweights outside of the top five and he’s even willing to take an entry-level contract to prove it. Here’s Tim making that bold proclamation on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani earlier today.

“Have me come in, put me against Stefan Struve, Cheick Kongo, (Matt) Mitrione,” Sylvia said. “I’ll fight anybody. I don’t care. And see if I can hang with them. If I can’t, I tell you what, it’s going to be a hell of a fight… Right now you have three studs: Alistair, Junior and Cain, and the rest are OK. There’s also Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, but besides the Top 5, if you put me in there I’ll beat them all.”

“If the UFC comes to me with an offer for $5,000 and $5,000 I would take it,” Sylvia said. “I know that’s very entry level money but I’d have an opportunity to win Knockout of the Night and make $50,000.”

This is all started when Sylvia posted a very heartfelt video on YouTube recently asking for fans to tweet Dana White and tell him that they wanted to see the big guy back in the Octagon. Surprisingly, Sylvia received a lot of overwhelming fan support but it wasn’t enough to convince Dana to give him a second chance. At least not yet. Perhaps Sylvia’s offer to fight on the cheap will, but that remains to be seen.

Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

  • Greg

    Unfortunately, salary is probably one of the last factors that would influence Zuffa management. Salary is only a small part of any given fight’s cost.

  • Miranduh

    I wouldn’t see the down side to paying him peanuts and putting him on a preliminary card. They wouldn’t even have to market it, it would just be something low key for Tim Sylvia fans. Seriously dude give him Shawn Jordan, that guys far from the top 5, see if Sylvia can deliver.

  • Miranduh

    I wouldn’t see the down side to paying him peanuts and putting him on a preliminary card. They wouldn’t even have to market it, it would just be something low key for Tim Sylvia fans. Seriously dude give him Shawn Jordan, that guys far from the top 5, see if Sylvia can deliver.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Berezansky/1666465349 Jacob Berezansky

    Give him a title shot. I’d love to see him get beat down some more.

    • Anonymous

      Lol

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    I think a fight on the undercard would be cool with a low tier guy like morecraft or something,mark hunt has managed to get on a win streak when nobody expected much out of him,I think Tim needs to to put in one last thing on his part and prove he can make weight and stay in shape before being allowed a fight

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    I think a fight on the undercard would be cool with a low tier guy like morecraft or something,mark hunt has managed to get on a win streak when nobody expected much out of him,I think Tim needs to to put in one last thing on his part and prove he can make weight and stay in shape before being allowed a fight

  • http://twitter.com/JutsinFinstad Justin Finstad

    I think a Check Kongo fight makes a lot of sense. Kongo hasn’t been himself in a while and it would be so admirable if Sylvia could win that fight. If not you get to boot Sylvia and Check lives to fight another day.

  • Ben Rage

    This is pathetic. Sylvia is delusional if he thinks he can be competitive in the UFC. It would be an embarrassment if he fought. That’s if he could even make weight. 

    • Miranduh

      I agree that Sylvia is out of shape, I mean fighting at super heavyweight is just lazy, but I think he can be somewhat effective in the division. Right now, the guys with the most talent would have to be Werdum, Mir, Velasquez, Overeem, and Dos Santos with the exception of Roy Nelson. Everybody else I think is prolly on the same level as Sylvia. The heavyweight division isnt as stacked as Dana White claims it is and he’s always giving Sylvia shirt about being champion when the division was the weakest. I don’t know, Dana should give it a shot just to see if he can prove himself. Especially because he’s begging for it and willing to get paid in change, or bring him in as a replacement when they inevitably need one.

  • Aaron_johnson425

    The UFC heavyweight division is garbage besides 3 or 4 guys. The fact that Mark Hunt is still around or that Gabriel Gonzaga is back proves this. Sylvia would probably beat down the mid level guys. And he’s not delusional. He basically admitted that he knows he can’t beat the top 5.

    • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

      So if there’s only 3 or 4 top heavyweights in the ufc where are the rest of the let’s say top 10 heavyweights fighting

      • http://twitter.com/JutsinFinstad Justin Finstad

        I think the point he was trying to make is that there is a large gap in talent between you top 5-6 guys and the rest of the division that will never work its way up to beating one of those top guys. He does bring up a good point tho. We have no reason to believe there arent 5 or 10 guys in the heavyweight division Sylvia could beat right now. They are discussing giving guys like Hague and McCorkle seconds tours of duty. I think in his last 5 bouts Sylvia has looked better than either have those dudes have since their exit from the UFC.

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