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.
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